The United Kingdom is one of the most popular places in the world when it comes to expatriating. This is especially true for a lot of Americans. But this is something that becomes, even more, pressing a matter if you already live in England but are unsure of your future status.
What follows is a guide for those in both circumstances!
This seems extremely obvious, of course. But the importance of having a good amount of money backing you up cannot be overstated. A lot of people underestimate this. Even if you have a job sorted out once you arrive, you still need to have some money set aside for your arrival. The amount you have when arriving, as well as how much you end up earning, means a lot. It can be the difference between acceptance into the country or you getting swiftly sent back home. This is going to become a lot more important in the coming years.
When people think about moving to another country, they often have the capital cities in mind. This, of course, is understandable. After all, a lot of people all over the world associate the United Kingdom with everything that England represents. But London is one of the most expensive cities to live in the world. In fact, it was the most expensive city in the world for a couple of years. It was only very recently taken over by New York City and Hong Kong. (And by very recently, I mean, like, two months ago.) Living in the capital city might be realistic in other countries. But unless you have stacks of cash, the capital of England probably isn’t a wise choice!
Things got pretty shaken up in the UK earlier this year. (In case, for whatever reason, you didn’t know already, it’s preparing to leave the European Union.) This has led to a lot of people being unsure about the possibility of getting clearance to remain in England without time restrictions. Well, here’s some good news for you: for the time being, this process hasn’t changed. As long as you meet the requirements, you can still get Indefinite Leave to remain (SETO). If you’ve already been living in England for some time, it’s vital you look into this as soon as possible.
A lot of people think that the requirements for moving to and staying in England are pretty low. Actually, they’re not altogether that different from the requirements for staying in America. One of the requirements is, of course, a good knowledge of the language. If you’re reading this, then I assume you’ve got that part covered! Perhaps the vaguest criterion is “having a sound knowledge of life in the UK”.
This may seem like a fairly easy task if you’ve done your research. But do bear in mind that you have to pay for each instance in which you take the test. So you’d better be confident! Read more about the test on the UK government website.