If you’re planning on moving to London this year and you don’t have the promise of a job in the city, then you’ll have to organize your own visa which will allow you to live and work in London for a few years. Even if you are being sponsored by your company and transferred to London, you may have to organize a visa for your spouse or partner so that they will have the freedom of the city just like you.
Most visas will allow you to live and work in England for a period of between 2 – 3 years. Depending on what type of visa you are eligible for, you may be able to apply for an extension at the end of the period. To apply for permanent residency in the United Kingdom, you have to have been living there for 5 years at least.
Sponsored Workers Visa: This is the easiest way to get into England. If you are transferred to a subsidiary of your company then they will handle the visa application for you and there will be no problems with immigration. Be sure to check that they sponsor your partner’s visa and any family members who are coming with you.
Student Visa: If you intend on studying for a degree in the United Kingdom you can apply for a Student Visa that will last the length of your course and give you another four months after your course ends. The United Kingdom works on a ‘points system’ for entry. To qualify for a student visa you need to have at least 40 points on the scoring system. To get the required points you will need a letter of acceptance from the educational institution as well as a letter from the bank stating that you have enough funds to cover the first year of your studies and your living costs.
Other Visas include the Highly Skilled Workers Visa and the Entrepreneurial Visa. These are not easy to get, and you need to have achieve over 75 points to even get a look-in. You’ll also have to have a large sum of money in your bank account for over three months before you make your application.
To make a success of moving to London, you should apply well in advance for your visa and makes sure you have all of the paperwork that they need to process it as fast as possible.