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1. Posted by becca1489 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

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Ok, I am new here and I'm looking for help. I am an American citizen, but am married to an English Subject (I think that's the right term I don't want to offend anyone). Due to circumstances we have to move to England, and I need to know what I need to do. This isn't going to be a temporary move, once we move over there we are going to stay there. However I'm new to the whole thing and am looking for advice on what to do. Any help is appreciated, and since I'm so new to this I know absolutely NOTHING, about it. I have never left the continental United States before. Thank you to anyone that can help.

~Becca

2. Posted by ashschu (Budding Member 17 posts) 8y

I can't help you with many specifics as I haven't moved to England *yet* but perhaps searching for information on being an American Expat/Expatriate will give you more help. That is the term that is usually applied to those that have relocated.

I have a website that I visit called Canuck Abroad (I hope I'm allowed to post that....you can search for that and get the url) that has lots of information for Canadians planning a move to another country. There may be some information on that website that will apply to you regarding Visa's, what to do about tax in your country etc. Or at least give you some ideas of what needs to be done so you can figure out what to inquire about.

It will have some info that I'm sure will be helpful to you regarding banking, areas to live, searching for jobs etc. Those don't seem to be Canadian specific.

Also, your local Government website should have links to information about all the steps you need to take before moving long term. For instance you have to inform them that you are not living there to avoid filing your taxes and things like that (at least here you do).

Anyways, sorry I couldn't be of more help. Good luck with the move!

3. Posted by NantesFC (Respected Member 531 posts) 8y

The following URL should answer your questions adequately, just copy and paste.

http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/ukresidency/caniliveintheunitedkingdom/partnersandchildren/spouse/

4. Posted by becca1489 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you for the help. I appreciate it quite a bit, as the situation was just thrown at me.

Once again, thank you.

5. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

Subject! :) iv never heard that, im gna try that on the next British girl I date!

if ur married already it shouldnt be hard tho.

6. Posted by davidx (Respected Member 34 posts) 8y

Hi Becca
Being English I clearly have no direct experience of immigration but I hope you find http://www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/your_rights/immigration.htm helpful. It's from the Advice Guide of Citizens' Advice [used to be Citizens' Advice Bureau.] They are not a government agency so their advice is independent.
If you have any questions outside of the technicalities, do feel free to come again.
Cheers
David

7. Posted by becca1489 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you david.

8. Posted by PeteW27 (Budding Member 50 posts) 8y

My Dad works for the Home Office (maybe I shouldn't publically admit that!!) and I asked him what someone in your situation would have to do. Being married to an English "subject" or even an Englishman, will help no end because he automatically has a right to live in the UK, unless he has given that up and become an American citizen. If that is the case, then you'd best contact the UK Embassy in America. If not, and I am guessing by "subject" that is going to be the case, you are fine, and you can be treated (legally; not literally before some feminist jumps on me!) as his "dependent." For sure it would be a damn side harder for the roles to be reversed.

I am sure after the initial shock has died down you will love it here, we English love you Americans really!!!!!!

Pete

9. Posted by becca1489 (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you for your input. I am worried about the culture shock. However, I did dream of studying in England, or at least visiting.

I was under the understanding that Americans were one of the most disliked people. Lol. Which is ok, I'm not even fond of americans, and I am one, technically. In all actuality, I'm Native American and Irish. But since I was born here that makes me American.