Many people who are moving this year will be moving to a pre-arranged job. This means that your employer will take care of the visa details for you and your family. If you are going to be living in London with your partner or spouse it might be wise to check with your employer about making sure that they will be able to work for the duration of your stay. There is nothing worse than moving to a foreign country and not being able to get out and meet new people, find a job or open a bank account.
For those people moving to London without the cushion of guaranteed employment, or if you just feel like London is calling to you, then you may find it a little more difficult than you thought to get there. It’s always made easy in the movies; the character packs a backpack and gets on the next plane to Heathrow. In reality it’s quite a bit more complicated than that, and the last thing you want to happen is to be deported for not having the right paperwork, or not to be able to get a job when you arrive in London. Your pounds will soon run out and your dream of living in London could be over sooner than you think.
As an American you may not find it as easy as you thought to find work in the city if you do not have the right paperwork. Citizens of the European Union and members of the Commonwealth will find it much easier to live and work. There are a number of different visas that you can apply for that will allow you to live and work in this magnificent city.
If at all possible, you need to apply for your visa before you leave home. It is an excruciating process to have to apply for visas while you are actually in the city that you want to be in. Have a look through our handy Visa Guide today for more information about the different types of visas and how to make your dreams of living in London come true.