If you are moving to London there are a few matters that pertain to living abroad that need to be addressed before settling into life here.  Persons entering the United Kingdom are subject to conform with the immigration rules. Check with your local British Embassy, British High Commission or British Consulate for the latest conditions.

The official UK Government website carries a list of the addresses of most British Embassy addresses and phone numbers. You will also find detailed information about visa requirements, application, rules, helpful travel and health advice, and warnings about trouble-spots to avoid.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US need a work permit to work in the UK, but do not need a visa for stays of up to six months.  If you are staying longer than six months, you must purchase a visa from the British consulate in your home country. Tourist visas cost £36. Visas come in different varieties and depend on why you plan on coming to the UK and from where you are coming.

Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US need valid passports to enter the UK and re-enter their home countries.  Britain does not allow entrance if the holder’s passport expires in under six months. Returning home with an expired passport is illegal and may result in a fine. Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US can apply for a passport at any passport office or at selected post offices and courts of law.  Citizens of these countries may also download passport applications from the official website of their country’s government or passport office.  Any new passport or renewal applications must be filed well in advance of the departure date.

Photocopy the page of your passport with your photo, as well as your visas, traveller’s check serial numbers, and any other important documents.  Carry one set of copies in a safe place, apart from the originals, and leave another set at home.  Consulates also recommend that you carry an expired passport or an official copy of your birth certificate in a part of your baggage separate from other documents.

By complying with UK requirements for entrance into the country you will ensure that moving here is effectively accomplished and you will become a part of this beautiful city.

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