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11. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello MrGodwin

I presume u have a work permit, for the UK?

Mel

12. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

if you are entitled to work in the UK the first thing you should get is a 'NATIONAL INSURANCE CARD'

without this you cannot work!

similar to a PRSI Number in Ireland, similar to Social Security Number in the USA

ta da!

13. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

And where might I apply for one at?

14. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

here you go!

http://www.dwp.gov.uk/lifeevent/benefits/ni_number.asp

15. Posted by MrGodwin (Budding Member 6 posts) 9y

Thanks so much for everyone's advice! Is there anymore advice I need to know? Also, how much would you recommend I save before I come over across the pond?

16. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Quoting MrGodwin

Thanks so much for everyone's advice! Is there anymore advice I need to know? Also, how much would you recommend I save before I come over across the pond?

It depends if you have a job or not

17. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello MrGodwin.

Not everybody can get a work permit, for the UK, so make sure u can, before making more plans. U can phone the British consulate, in the US, to find this out.

Where in the UK are u hoping to live? Make sure u go to a place, where jobs are most plentiful, if u dont have a job, before u leave. This would be someplace like London. I recommend that u bring at least enough money, to live in a hostel, for a month, while u get sorted. This is what I usually aimed to do, when I was single and moved to other countries. Avoid bringing so little money, that u get into debt, when job and house hunting. Getting into debt is one way, to put a damper on things. Also, take into account, when planning how much money u need, that London is expensive. Find out how much things cost, before u go there.

It is cool, that u have a year, to do research. U will be well prepared.

Mel

18. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 9y

Quoting MrGodwin

Thanks so much for everyone's advice! Is there anymore advice I need to know? Also, how much would you recommend I save before I come over across the pond?

Outside of London, which is frankly ridiculous due in no small part to it being the largest and most successful financial centre in the World (it was on TV last night, it's 2x the size of NYC combined and Toyko!) and contrary to all the horror stories you hear, England is not so expensive. As a general rule, it gets cheaper the further North you travel, and therefore away from London, so I guess the Far North of Scotland is going to be well cheap. You studying or coming for a job? If the latter, there is a new points system in place like they have in Sheilaland, so it depends. But as you are American, you will definately need a work visa, though it is nothing like as hard as it is for Brits with the Green Card. Anyway, this being run by the Home Office, simply declare your distant relative lives in Manchester, and they will let you in, no questions asked!

oh yeh, don't forget to bring a rain-coat, although unless you are living in Scotland, it is again not half as wet as you would think, although saying that, it's raining er horizontally at the moment in Nottingham! lovely!

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