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1. Posted by dragonfly1 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

Hello everyone, and good afternoon(at least it is here in the U.S.)-

I am looking to relocate my small family and myself to somewhere in the UK-England or Southern Ireland.
Don't know a thing about how the process would go, and am looking for good info and/or suggestions, which will be much appreciated. Thanks!

Shannon

2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 7y

As US citizen you need a residency permit to move to the UK or Ireland. If you need a job you also have to apply for a work permit.

One way to get a work permit is to find an employer who is willing to sponsor you, another way is to graduate from university in the UK or Ireland with a bachelor or masters degree. So it is not exactly easy.

You need to apply for the residency permit and the work permit at the British or Irish embassy or consulate closest to you.

Also if you are a descendant of British or Irish parents or grandparents look into claiming UK or Irish citizenship by descent. There was also the option of an Ancestry Visa for the UK, but I think they scrapped that last year. The Irish might still have it, look into it.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Sep-2009, at 15:18 by t_maia ]

3. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting t_maia

Also if you are a descendant of British or Irish parents or grandparents look into claiming UK or Irish citizenship by descent. There was also the option of an Ancestry Visa for the UK, but I think they scrapped that last year. The Irish might still have it, look into it.

The UK Ancestry Visa was not scrapped, it still exists - however it's only for Commonwealth citizens, and I'm guessing the OP is of US citizenship so this path wouldn't be available.

4. Posted by geeadamg (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Used to work for UK immigration so I know a little.

UK are/have mainly moved to a Points Based System these days and its kinda made it harder to get in without good reason. Same as anywhere really.

What are you looking to do here? Are you well off? Any connections here?

Check http://www.bia.homeoffice.gov.uk/

I think a question you have to answer yourself is what are you going to contribute to the UK - as long as you come up with a positive answer (ie invest, entrepreneur, work a skilled job UK don't have enough workers for etc) then you have a starting pointing. And like pointed out above, you'll then need someone to sponsor you. You won't be able to just move and you are looking at starting this process at least a year in advance, if not sooner.

Also, if you do mess up or over stay your welcome (according to border control) you'll make it even harder. But good luck...

...a thought just accorded actually, I remember getting a lot of americans applying to come in after living in Ireland for a bit so maybe there is a little loophole that gets exploited? I know nothing of this though and maybe just a coincidence I think of it.

Also, if you become an EU citizen you are free to move, travel and work around any of the EU states (inc the UK) as you please.