I would like to Move to England

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1. Posted by toddbrisda (First Time Poster 1 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I am seeking a move to England. but I have lived in the US all my life and haven't even visited another country besides Mexico. I know I want to take my life back to where my ancestors came. I feel that is my calling. but I need to know where I should start. Where would a good place to move be? How would I get started? how would I change citizenship? Where are jobs? And where would an american be accepted the most? If anyone can help, please do. thanks :):)

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

for years i wanted to do the same thing - Escape America.....but it has become increasingly hard to move - legally to the UK.

I have exhausted every work visa possible with no luck. if as you say - your ancestors are from there - you might be eligible. check out - www.britainusa.com and www.ukvisas.gov.uk .

I find Americans are welcome in most places in the UK. London is much like NYC - very international.

I found the only way to leave was either go back to school or the army. so i have chosen the latter - since i dont think we will be invading England yet. but good luck otherwise.

3. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

in addition - try this website www.britishcouncil-usa.org

they claim that since november 2003 - we need an entry clearance for stays longer than 6 months. ?

DOH!!! - also - im not joinin the army - i meant im leavin as a student - NOT the army. One avenue to try - if u so choose to go back to school.

4. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 616 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Todd,
Your ancestral link might help, but do keep trying regardless.
I don't think there's any area of England where Americans are less 'popular', but the cities are perhaps best.
Don't make the classic mistake of thinking that England is all about London. There are plenty other cities which are equally cosmopolitan. Anywhere with a good student population, such as Manchester, Sheffield etc, should do you fine.

5. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

If you are an American citizen then an Ancestry visa will not likely be your best route, as ancestry visas are in general only extended to citizens of commonwealth countries.

One route if you are a college grad is what is called the highly skilled migrant program. You can take a look at this program on the following website.


Unfortunately it is difficult for Americans to move out of the USA.

One thought is if you happen to have family who comes from Ireland you could look into Irish citizenship, which would allow you to work anywhere in the EU. Several of my cousins have done this and found it to be an easy process for US citizens as long as they have a parent or grand parent who was an Irish citizen.

Best of luck, I feel your guy's pain in wanting to get out of (insert explative here). Fortunately though I am able to actually do it, but I wish you guys the best of luck in following me accross the pond

6. Posted by Rach-a (Respected Member 368 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Have to say I've sometimes wanted to move to the US but it proves difficult and I find it a bit odd reading of US citizens wanting to get out However as I have only been the once on holiday what do I know I guess it's a case of thinking that the grass is greener on the otherside