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Homesearch replied to the thread American getting UK citizenship to live and work int the EU? on the Scotland forum:
aberry123 initially posted:
Hello! I am an American student studying in Scotland. I have been here for 3 years and have been planning what I want to do after graduation. I have no great desire to return to the states and would prefer to live and work in the EU or the UK. I have been hearing loads of stories of americans struggling for years to find jobs that will sponsor their visa applications. If I stay in the UK for another year after my graduation I can apply for citizenship making it possible for me to live and work in the EU for as long as I want but that would make me stay in the UK for much longer then I would like. Is there a better course of action? Thanks for the help!
Homesearch replied most recently with:
I don't know enough about visa applications to help. Have you tried speaking to the American consulate in Edinburgh? Even if they can't help directly they may be able to point you in the right direction, or they may know of someone who has faced the same decisions as you.
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BeachcomberGirl replied to the thread Retiring to Scotland on the Scotland forum:
mikkij initially posted:
Ok, I signed up for this newsletter to find out info about retiring to Scotland from the US, all I get is a bunch of information about countries like Ecuador or Asian countries. Not interested. Please if anyone has any substantial info on moving to Scotland, retiring there, housing etc. I would love to know. Thanks
BeachcomberGirl replied most recently with:
A conversation not too long ago (FarahL) suggested that if you have grandparents who were born in Scotland, you could apply for UK citizenship. I would love for that to be true but understood that that was no the case. Does anyone know? Has anyone successfully obtained citizenship in this way? PS FarahL, any Scotsman would be more that welcome in New England, I can vouch for that. I would imagine in Hawaii, as well.
sffilk replied most recently with:
My question is sort of in the same vein, except I'm wondering how living in Scotland would affect taxes once I start living off of retirement income. Can anyone help me there?
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: Expat in Scotland love traditional Scottish culture, beautiful landscapes and they experiences both combine to make possible. Be aware of the high cost of living, but if you come prepared you will always want to come back to this very special place. (Continue)
Homesearch replied to the thread Renting apartment in Edinburgh on the Scotland forum:
cjhill22 initially posted:
Hello! I am new to this site so forgive me if this topic has been exhausted. Quick question...my husband and I travel to Edinburgh at least three times per year to visit family and work with a musical theatre school. We have decided it would be advantageous for us to rent a studio or 1 bedroom apartment long term to keep us from having to make new arrangements every time we visit. Question...is it difficult for a Yank to let an apartment long-term in the UK, considering we'll only actually be living there approximately 3-6 months out of the year (although other family members and friends might be using it)? Can you give us any advice and or things we need to consider (what realtor/landlord will expect from us re: proof of income, etc? Any advice you can give us would be most welcome. Thanks very much.
Homesearch replied most recently with:
Any letting agent will want to run a credit reference on you, so proof of income would be essential. The lease will most likely require you to notify the landlord of any absence from the property of more than 2 weeks (this duration varies), the landlord's insurance will no doubt require that the property is not left vacant/unvisited for more than 1 month so he/she needs to know if you are away. Some letting agents will provide am empty care service where they will visit regularly when you are away from the property - at a charge. Hope this helps. Good luck!
Homesearch replied most recently with:
Any letting agent will want to run a credit reference on you, so proof of income would be essential. The lease will most likely require you to notify the landlord of any absence from the property of more than 2 weeks (this duration varies), the landlord's insurance will no doubt require that the property is not left vacant/unvisited for more than 1 month so he/she needs to know if you are away. Some letting agents will provide am empty care service where they will visit regularly when you are away from the property - at a charge. Hope this helps. Good luck!
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Homesearch replied to the thread Choices on the Scotland forum:
katysails initially posted:
I truly hope this does not sound specious, but I am actively seeking answers that will facilitate my moving to Scotland. I am engaged to an older man from Aberdeenshire who is currently on disability. I am retired and disabled and do receive Social Security/Medicare and have some personal assets, albeit not what anyone would consider well off. I have read through all the visa requirements, which was mind numbing and somewhat disheartening. Is there any hope that the UK would grant a spousal visa when he is on the public funding rosters and I would be the 'monied' person? Would I be allowed to enter the IK as an expat retiree with limited finds or is the amount required for a retiree more than what a person would receive through Social Security? We toyed with the idea of my coming each year for 6 months and then leaving again but that means two residences. And UK disability does not follow a UK citizen here like our SS system provides for travel. Any help or suggestions would be most welcome. And yes, we do know each other and yes, I have been to Scotland and will be returning for a two month visit this late spring. We are just two older people who want to be with each other for the rest of our lives. I should also mention, I am legally blind. I do travel alone and have the wherewithal to get around if I know what infrastructure is in place.
Homesearch replied most recently with:
Sorry I don't know enough about visa requirements. Hace you tried contacting the US Consulate in Edinburgh for advice?
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Homesearch replied to the thread Coming to Scotland need a place to rent on the Scotland forum:
Tazma initially posted:
Hi, I'm moving to Scotland. I'm searching for work from the US, but I want to look in person. I need to rent affordable rooms or tiny flats for a few months at time, is that something that is possible? I can't really find anything online? Is there any other out of the box suggestions for living on the cheap? Thanks!
Homesearch replied most recently with:
Hi Tazma, Flats in Scotland are rented for a minimum period of 6 months (legal term is Short Assured Tenancy). Look at sites such as S1Rental.com To rent a room only, try looking at GumTree. If you are looking for work then you will have to apply for a work permit. Good luck!
Tazma replied most recently with:
I'm sorry that no one had any information. I was hoping this would be a place for positive interaction and the sharing of advice. Hopefully, the Scots will be friendlier. I guess this isn't the forum for me.
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cdorsey replied to the thread How safe is it in Scotland? on the Scotland forum:
Meloney1 initially posted:
We were considering spending two years of our retirement living in Scotland, but the news reports here say there are radical groups rioting in the streets of most cities across Great Britain. We seen a video clip of cars burning and radicals holding signs saying "Kill the queen", so we are a bit concerned about committing ourselves to a two year visit if things are dangerous. Can anyone provide me with information on this matter? Thank you
cdorsey replied most recently with:
My family and I spent 4 years there and it is a very safe place and beautiful and interesting. We lived in Banchory; just out of Aberdeen and it is a very good base for touring the north and both coasts. We could always walk about at night with no trouble and children were safe. There are several castles to see within a 20 mile radius of Banchory.
steviemanly replied most recently with:
Scotland one of the safest and friendly countries in the world and don't listen to any other rubbish you hear
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inverness1948 replied to the thread where to live in scotland for 6 months on the Scotland forum:
inverness1948 initially posted:
I was born in scotland, I wish to rent a place for 4 to 6 months, I plan to travel all over scotland. Not sure where to live. Looking for a nice safe place where you can go for a walk in the evening without worrying about dangers. looking at glasgow, aberdeen and dumfries. Any input would be helpful.
inverness1948 replied most recently with:
Thank you for your input. I do plan on travelling, so this is good advice.
boondock1978 replied most recently with:
if you want to travel all over then you need a good base, so Glasgow would be my shout, west end and near a canal for walks, i only suggest because for whatever reason, people are always friendly on the canals :-)
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GBA posted Baseball in Glasgow on the Scotland forum:
lasgow Baseball Association has been in operation since 1997 in Glasgow's east end, and now operates 2 adult teams playing in the Scottish National League, and we are looking for new recruits for the year of 2015! Our philosophy is to grow and develop the game of baseball in Scotland as it is not very widely played here. We have a great mix of experience and a great group of players who will welcome you and help you with your new life in Scotland Our 2014 season has just finished and we will look to commence Winter training later in the year, with next season starting in April 2015. So right now is the best time to come along and get up to speed for the upcoming season. Membership fees are charged once yearly and are very low compared to other clubs in the UK. If you've ever been interested in baseball and want to give it a try, or would like to start playing again, then this is a great chance for you to do so! Find us on Facebook or Twitter or respond to me on this site for further information. Hope to hear from you soon.
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boondock1978 replied to the thread Can't decide between Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen on the Scotland forum:
estherlimtf initially posted:
Hi, I just need some help making a decision. I have the opportunity to be transferred to Scotland but I can't decide if I should work in Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen. Edinburgh - I've visited before and LOVED it, but the type of work I'd be doing there is intimidating and I'm not sure I wan't to do it. Glasgow - Never been and none of my friends have personally been there. One of my friends said it's quite blue collar which I don't mind but I'm not sure if that translates to rough neighbourhoods? Aberdeen - Heard it's small but I'll get paid more and I have friends being transferred there around the same time. Anyone want to give me a sales pitch on any of the above cities? Cheers, Esther
boondock1978 replied most recently with:
I`ve lived in all 3 at one time or other, Edinburgh i agree, not only beautiful to look at but also a pleasant enough place to live, good transport, good social etc. Glasgow is the largest of the 3, east end is a bit like london, good for a bargain but rough and should be treated with caution, they dont mess about in that neck of the woods lol west end is more cultural, more art, museums, good social spots(similar to parts of aberdeen). South side is mixed like the north side, middle and working class areas but the south side hosts the majority of Glasgows Indian/pakistan people There is plenty in Glasgow to keep you entertained and in my opinion is the pick of the 3 in terms of social side...though.. Aberdeen is fast becoming the place to be and has become much more diverse and milti cultural now than it was when i was there 20 years ago, it has a good social set up, with classy bars and clubs etc and its a beautiful city in its own right, clean sea air which always made me tired lol and you got the mix of city folk and country folk combined which i like, canny beat a bit of tradition. It all depends what kind of stay you wish to have? hope that helps :-)
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