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I am a US Citizen, but I would love to retire abroad - UK. Even though I have never worked there, how might I be able to settle there? I would be living on multiple pensions earned in the US and a defined contribution annuity (401K), so I would not need public assistance.

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    long shot: check your personal (and/or spousal) ancestry/immigration history to see if you qualify for citizenship to any EU country. i believe that holding the passport of any EU country would allow you to reside in the UK indefinitely as a pensioner, so long as you can prove you won't take any social services. source: have italian passport, never been to italy Apr 12, 2015 at 1:33
  • You should really ask why you want to do this. That would answer a few of the 'how' questions right there.
    – ouflak
    Apr 29, 2015 at 10:30

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You should have a look at the different visas offered by the UKBA. The Tier 1 Investor is often the only route for self/unemployed US citizens to settle in the UK. It requires £2 million to be invested in the UK.

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  • Tiny nitpick. UKBA was abolished in 2013. Your answer is still fine though.
    – Gayot Fow
    Apr 12, 2015 at 6:12
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    @GayotFow so are they now UKVI?
    – StrongBad
    Apr 12, 2015 at 11:03
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    Yes, they are now wearing UKVI hats
    – Gayot Fow
    Apr 13, 2015 at 15:50
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If you don't have £2m for a UK Investor visa you could try a cheaper "golden visa" country first (for example, Malta, Portugal or Greece), with the aim of obtaining an EU citizenship that way.

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    With the way things look politically, I am not sure I would make a long term bet on Greece.
    – StrongBad
    Apr 14, 2015 at 17:46

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