Kovi17
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Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:28 am

Hey I am an American Citizen and have never tried to live in another country before. I had went to London in feb. and met a great girl and loved the city and the culture! Ever since then Ive been back 3 times and a 4th comming up and this is where I need some help. Ive been trying to contact the British Embassy and Counseletes and it seems its really hard to even get a human to answer my calls and when i do they give me a 900 number that costs 2.50 a minute and thats really hard to deal with since I have loads of questions I could ask. I do plan on going to college and then university overthere and I was wondering if any americans are out there or anyone in the UK that could help me out on this. I am going to try to get a student visa and hopefuly they would give me a work permit as well for a part time job. But does anyone know how long it would take to get that visa once I have the colleges acceptance? Is there any way to find out how to book an apointment on trying to get a visa? Are there any numbers that I could call to get some real sound advice on this situation? This has to be the most difficult thing I have ever tried and its so frusterating i could pull my hair out. Thanks for any help I may get on this!
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:45 am

This was from Google.

http://www.ukimmigrate.co.uk/

It costs money though.

Good luck.
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Sat Aug 04, 2007 11:58 am

If you are planning to attend university in this country then firstly make sure you can afford it; aside of living costs, which will easily top $8k a year minimum - much higher for London, you'll have tuition fees to pay which will probably be in the order of $20,000 per year. The very minimum you could expect to pay as an international student is $10,000 per year for an undergraduate course at a fairly 'low grade' University, but if you're aiming for somewhere like Oxford/Cambridge or other top academic foundations then at least triple that figure!

Aside of that, once you have chosen a University which you want to attend and, more importantly, they have accepted you, then it should be a fairly easy process to get a study visa considering you are an American citizen. The University will normally help in providing the documentation and giving you advice on how best to go about the process, so it's preferable to wait until you have a firm place before you start spending money on getting the visa. I've worked recently with several international students from the Far East who managed to get a work permit, so again this should be attainable for yourself. Just fill in all the relative forms correctly and it should go smoothly, though it will take a good few weeks to process no doubt.

Hope this helps,


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Kovi17
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Sat Aug 04, 2007 2:34 pm

Thanks to the both of you, especially you Dan I appreciate the input. How long did it take for the visa again a good few weeks being like 4 or longer? Ive researched some colleges and I guess if you know where to look you can find a decent education for not that bad of a price, from what Ive seen they run about what I'm paying now. When it comes to university ill defiantly spend a bit more for a great education but for right now I'm just trying to get to a college there. I'm gunna be going to London in 2 weeks so i think its best if i bring a lot of materials with me to where i can apply at many colleges and I think i should be fine. Its been my dream for many years to live in Europe and it looks like i can Finlay do it!
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Mon Aug 06, 2007 7:37 pm

Quoting Kovi17 (Reply 3):
Thanks to the both of you, especially you Dan I appreciate the input. How long did it take for the visa again a good few weeks being like 4 or longer? Ive researched some colleges and I guess if you know where to look you can find a decent education for not that bad of a price, from what Ive seen they run about what I'm paying now. When it comes to university ill defiantly spend a bit more for a great education but for right now I'm just trying to get to a college there. I'm gunna be going to London in 2 weeks so i think its best if i bring a lot of materials with me to where i can apply at many colleges and I think i should be fine. Its been my dream for many years to live in Europe and it looks like i can Finlay do it!

Try asking BaylorAirBear. He's an American coming to London.

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Kovi17
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:35 pm

ok awesome ill hit him up on a pm thanks!
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RE: Help: I Need Advice On How To Move To The UK!

Mon Aug 06, 2007 9:03 pm

If you are already at university then you may want to consider doing a transfer/exchange year. Who knows what you will think of London if you break up with this girl. If you do an exchange you may transfer and graduate from a UK institution. Bear in mind that post-grad degrees are about 50% more expensive than undergraduate. Except to pay for a top ten university from £10,000 for a normal undergraduate degree. Add 50%+ for the post-grad. Living in London will set you back about £1000/month at a minimum with no real luxuries. If you have no skills, then only expect from about £5/hour for work but as long as you have student status you will be tax exempt.

For general UK admission, the must go website is www.ucas.com.
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