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How To Apply For A National Insurance Number In The UK

Posted on Monday April 24, 2017 (10:51:53)
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The United Kingdom is a popular expat destination for many reasons, including its culture, lifestyle, benefits, healthcare, diversity, education, infrastructure, and career opportunities. Outsiders considering a move to this place should not be deterred by its high living costs, unpredictable weather, grey skies and unimaginative cuisine.

It is absolutely essential that you get all your paperwork in place if you are planning to settle down in the UK. While the procedure is relatively straightforward, it can be quite time consuming. Moreover, there are a number of things that you have to keep in mind and missing out on even one could have repercussions. It is therefore best to seek the services of a professional to guide you through the entire process.   more ...

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Do We Do Enough To Make Expats Welcome in the UK?

Posted on Monday April 24, 2017 (09:29:00)
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The UK has a long tradition of immigration. Many argue that the island is a nation of immigrants, its character and culture shaped by successive waves of migrants from pre-Roman times to the modern day. Their contribution to Britain's history, culture, and landscape cannot be ignored.   more ...

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Visa Diaries: Waiting

Posted on Friday April 21, 2017 (09:29:40)
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by Genevieve Rogis

Over the next few months, I will be applying for an unmarried partner visa in the UK. You can star from part one of my Visa Diaries series here.

You get a lot of sympathy when you're separated from your partner, and your home, for any length of time. People ask how you are, if you're holding up ok, if you miss him. They help you look on the bright side, remind you about seeing your friends and family, having a long holiday, enjoying better weather and bluer skies.   more ...

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An Expat Guide To Taxation In The UK

Posted on Wednesday April 19, 2017 (10:45:25)
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For most people, immigrating to the United Kingdom (UK) means working for a living. As a part of working life there are many expenses that need to be considered, one of which is taxes. There are many types of taxes that apply within the UK, whether it be on everyday items in the form of VAT (Value Added Tax); Income Tax, which is a tax you pay based on how you earn; or corporation tax, which is paid by businesses that is levied on a company's profits. However, the focus of this article is on income tax.   more ...

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A Taste Of Home: Where To Find Your National Cuisine In London

Posted on Wednesday April 19, 2017 (10:28:27)
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Leaving a country where you grew up and spent your early life, adapting to the culture you were born into, and then moving to a city that is very set in its British etiquette, there will be times when you miss a little piece of home, including those authentic traditional home-cooked meals.   more ...

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UK Remains Popular With Young Expat Entrepreneurs Despite Brexit Vote

Posted on Monday April 17, 2017 (08:00:59)
In the wake of the Brexit vote, the second half of 2016 was a turbulent one for the UK. In October the pound plummeted, hitting a six year low against the Euro, and a three decade low against the dollar. It is yet to recover to pre-Brexit vote levels, and threats of a 'hard Brexit' have many economists and commentators predicting an unstable future for the UK economy.   more ...

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Visa Diaries: The Joy Of Forms

Posted on Monday April 03, 2017 (08:09:22)
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This is part three of Genevieve Rogis’ Visa Diaries series. You can also read part one and part two.

The past two weeks have been filled with all kinds of surprises and anxieties.

All the evidence has been gathered together. Letters have been signed and dated, text messages received, phone logs and photos compiled and printed. Our relationship has been quantified on paper, ready to be dissected and analysed as to its authenticity and economic stability.   more ...

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How Will Brexit Affect Expat Mortgages?

Posted on Monday March 27, 2017 (12:00:32)
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When a majority of the citizens of the United Kingdom voted for Britain to exit the European Union on June 23, 2016, it created a huge amount of uncertainty around the political and economic landscape of the future, not just across among the member nations and the continent, but all over the world. This was evident in the way the Pound Sterling got significantly weaker in the days that followed the referendum. Many foreign investors put a complete halt on their business activities in the UK so that they could carefully assess the situation as well as the potential risks they may incur, which subsequently had an adverse impact on the economy.   more ...

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American Schools In London: A Guide For Expat Parents

Posted on Friday March 24, 2017 (09:12:16)
Moving to London can be a daunting task, especially when you consider all the familiar things you’ll be leaving behind. It can also be a stressful process for families with children who are currently in education. The American schooling system differs greatly from the schooling system in London. The classes, grading methods, timetables, uniforms and general way of teaching are all different from what American children will be used to. Many expats who have moved to London therefore choose to send their children to American schools, which enables them to continue their education on more familiar ground.   more ...

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How Is Brexit Affecting Expats In The UK?

Posted on Tuesday March 21, 2017 (10:21:44)
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There has been a lot of talk about ‘Brexit’, a term that is used for the United Kingdom departing from the European Union. It has already had a major impact on the country. Many expats have moved to the United Kingdom and started to settle into what was supposed to be their happily ever after, which has now turned into an uncertain situation. Citizens who originate from the European Union have been threatened with the closing of bank accounts, termination of employment and rental agreements, or even revoking their right to reside in the UK.   more ...