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Expat Report Living in Leeds, UK by Snerd was published
What activities, clubs and organizations would you recommend to newcomers to help them meet others?
Join The Leeds Library (private) because the public libraries are not so hot. Hang out in local cafes and you soon meet the regulars. Same goes for pubs. Take classes at Swarthmore or any number of colleges. (Continue)
americanabroad posted Casting Call on the United Kingdom forum on August 29, 2014:
Are you an American ex-pat living and working in London? Are you passionate about what you do for a living? An American television production company is looking for people to tell their stories of how they've relocated to London. We are looking for fun, energetic, and enthusiastic Americans who love living in London and love what they do for work. Individuals that maintain a relationship with family in the states is a plus. Applicants should be between 21 and 50 years of age. Optimal industries include real estate, merchandising, import/export and the culinary arts; yet we’re open to hearing from people with any type of job. Please send a recent picture along with a description including your age, occupation, and why you should be featured on the show. Any video included is also a major plus. Please send info to
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gah26 replied to the thread Spousal Visa to Indefinite Leave to Remain on the United Kingdom forum:
liveandteachabroad initially posted:
Hi fellow expats, I wonder if anyone has recently gone through the process of applying for their Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK? I currently have a spousal visa which is valid until November. I have found the application form and list of supporting documents needed online, but would like to know when I can actually submit my application?! Strangely, the spousal visa should be 2 years, however I seem to have an 3 additional months according to the actual date that appears on the paper copy of my visa. I'm not sure if this therefore allows you a 3 month window to start and complete the application process? Many thanks for any help!
gah26 replied on August 26, 2014 with:
It doesn't matter how long you have been married and living abroad. You apply for a spouse visa and it takes 2 visas of 2 1/2 years each before you are eligible for ILR. It used to be that you were able to qualify for ILR if you were living abroad and were married for at least 4 years after passing the Life in the UK test. That option was discontinued in July 2012. As long as you arrive in the UK with 30 months left on your visa you'll be on track to apply for your next visa. If you don't you'll have to apply for an extra extension before you are eligible for ILR.
BillC replied on August 25, 2014 with:
Please can anyone explain to me why the UKBA does not give you information that after 4 years married and living abroad you should receive the ILR settlement visa. We have just got ours and have almost been married 4 years, also does it have to be married or can being a partner for 4 years suffice? Finally we did not expect a decision for 90 days after the submission which should have been near the end of August so we made plans to go early September, the decision was somewhat quick and arrived late July, will we get problems leaving a month or so after the visa was granted? Many thanks.
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gah26 replied to the thread Education: UK primary school grade not the same as US grade HELP on the United Kingdom forum:
mjanvier initially posted:
Hi, We recently moved over from the states. I have an 8 year old boy who finished the 3rd grade in the US. I am trying to enroll him in year 5, but I am being told by the local council (over the phone) that he will be in year 4 due to his age. He was born in Oct 2005 and apparently the cut off in the UK is Aug 31. I do not want him to repeat a year, nor do I want any issues when returning to the US with him being put in the appropriate grade. We are looking at free state schools (aka public) here in UK. Does anyone know whether there is an appeals process that deals specifically with this? I am aware that there is an appeals process if you don't get your preferred school. Right now my biggest concern is that he be placed in the correct corresponding year here in the UK. Any suggestions? Thanks
gah26 replied most recently with:
The schools and curriculum are completely different here. I don't think you should look at it as repeating a year . Friends who moved back to the US found that their kids were in fact ahead of the age appropriate grade. My understanding is there is no negotiation.
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jaydee19 posted looking for a job to sing and to perform on the United Kingdom forum:
Hi Sir/Madam, My name is Jocelyn Duran from Philippines. I am very much interested to work in UK. I’m looking for a job in a singing or entertaining industries. I have experience in singing for 15 years. I travelled around Asian countries already to sing and to perform in a different 5 star hotels. The reason why I would like to apply because of my dreams ,to further my career and get more experiences there in UK. I’m still willing to learn more. I love singing and this is my passion. I am hoping and praying that you can give some response on my email. I can send my video’s on you tube while singing (, (, ( …Thank you very much for reading my email…I’m hoping for your response...Thank you and more power!!!God bless!
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KathrynM posted Navigating the Postgrad world on the United Kingdom forum:
Hi. I am looking into going to England for my postgraduate degree. I am looking for help navigating the processes. I know there are pre-masters programmes if you are looking to go into a degree that's different than your undergrad. I'm also looking at law programmes and they have the GLD, but I have 2+ years of American law school under my belt so I don't know how that affects everything. The schools so far haven't been able to give me a contact name. So has anybody out there gone through this?
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md91 posted Balancing work and travel on the United Kingdom forum:
My girlfriend and I are moving to London next year, both on Tier 5 Visas. I know this may sound like many other naive beginner travellers/expats but we would really like to achieve a good balance between work and travel. She is a Teacher and I work as a Town Planner. We figure that the teaching job will be a lot more flexible when it comes to travel opportunities (e.g. school holidays). However, when it comes to my work as a Town Planner I am not sure how to go about getting the time off to travel somewhat frequently (contract work, annual leave, part time all comes to mind). We know we have to be realistic when it comes to getting the balance, but we don't want to turn our 'working holiday' into a Full Time work and nothing else. Would like to know how others have funded their travels, whilst maintained steady work.
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PippaCummins posted Relocating BACK to UK after 10 yrs on the United Kingdom forum:
Hello. Any tips or knowledge on moving back to UK from America after 10 yrs? Two kids, single parent. Need to find somewhere to live and work. Possibly apply for benefits until I find work and can pay for everything myself. Already talked to schools in my hometown - the problem now is finding somewhere to live. Either short-term while I job hunt, or long term. Family back home have no room. District Council told me they can't help unless I'm homeless or fleeing a 3rd world country... Thanks in advance
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gah26 replied to the thread University jobs on the United Kingdom forum:
Ms0426 initially posted:
I am finishing my masters and my husband and I want to move to England around 2017. Has anyone decided to move to the UK without it being due to marriage or a job transfer? I currently work at an American university and I would love to teach or be on staff at a UK university. Has anyone or know anyone who is an American that found a job in the college/university industry in the UK?
gah26 replied most recently with:
Who knows what the immigration rules will be in 2017. At the moment, if your job doesn't fall on the shortage occupation list your chances of finding an employer to sponsor you for a work visa are pretty slim unless you are a superstar in your field.
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