Questions tagged [united-kingdom]

Questions regarding emigrating from, immigrating to and living in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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How can I get a copy of my Codice Fiscale card if I am an expat?

I'm trying to get a copy of my Italian Codice Fiscale (Social Security number) card, but I live in the UK. According to the Italian Consulate, I need to ask any Agenzia delle Entrate, but according ...
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Buying vegemite in the UK?

Vegemite - love it or hate it, if you're an Aussie you'll have an opinion on it! Other countries, less so, as the Australian Foreign Minister found out once when US customs couldn't believe you'd eat ...
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UK provisional driver's license without sending passport by post

I am looking to obtain a provisional driver's license in the UK, so I can start taking lessons. All the forms and documentations indicate that they need to be mailed to Swansea along with your ...
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What are the advantages of having a biometric resident permit (BRP) rather than just a visa sticker on the passport?

I recently found out that in the UK, there is this card called the biometric resident permit (BRP), which I suppose functions like the visa sticker on the passport. Since I do not have a BRP, is it ...
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Why do some foreigners in UK get child benefit while some others do not?

My colleague and I are both foreign nationals, but we come from different countries. I recently moved to the UK, while he has been in the UK for a number of years. Both of us have children and both of ...
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I have a new passport. What to do with regards to my UK visa?

I moved to the UK last year because of work. I have recently had a new passport this year, because my previous passport was expiring. Do I need to have the UK visa sticker on my new passport as well? ...
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How to find a tax preparer in the UK for a US income tax return

The IRS provides guidelines for choosing a tax preparer. These include making sure the preparer has a PTIN and to check with the US BBB for questionable history. The IRS also has information about ...
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Getting a student loan and enrolling to a university in England

As an EU citizen, who has been living in Britain for a year, can I get a student loan to pay for my tuition fees in one of the UK based universities?
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How do I get legal help in the UK and is it free?

How can I get advice about a everyday life situation, accidents or benefit in the United Kingdom?
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Is it possible to transfer my pension out of a UK fund, and if so, how to go about it?

I worked for several years for a UK company, and have a corresponding amount of pension in their pension scheme. Now it looks like I'm pretty unlikely to return (and even if I do, it's a pain to have ...
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Which nationality are my children entitled to?

I have a dual citizenship, South African and Polish, but I live in the UK now. I know that my children will be automatically citizens of Britain, as my friends already had children, but will my ...
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How do I get a British citizenship?

I want to move to United Kingdom and I already know that I want to get a citizenship. What can I prepare in advance so I can spread the cost over before applying. Are there any tests to get a ...
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What can I expect in the “Life in the UK Test”

To get an English citizenship you usually have to take the "Life in the UK Test". Apart from reading the handbook, what can I do to get prepared for this test?
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Is there any form I should fill for taxes in the UK

I moved to London at the beginning of January to start working at my new job. At the moment I got payed but I'm not sure if I should do anything related to taxes. Is my employer going to take care of ...
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How to open up your first UK bank account without proof of address?

In the UK, to prove your address you can usually use your bank statement. But to get a bank statement, you need to get a bank account, and to get a bank account, you have to prove your address. While ...
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How much untaxed money am I allowed to be gifted from an international transfer into the UK?

I am getting married and I will be receiving large money transfers from several family members as gifts, from South Africa into the UK. Is there any limit of gifted money I can deposit or receive ...
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What is a credit history and why should I care?

I just read a question on having credit history in the UK. The credit-history phenomenon has puzzled me for some time. Similar to people considering it a good thing to have many credit cards. What ...
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How long can I drive a EU-registered car in the UK?

I live in the UK but travel back to Poland every 8~14 months. Also my car is left--hand drive instead of right-hand as in UK. This means that I do not have to MOT (Motor Inspection) or tax my car in ...
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Can I retain my South African and Polish citizenship when I gain British citizenship?

I am South African and Polish national with current passports in both countries. Neither one has any reservations about this fact and is pretty common with many countries. I do not live in either of ...
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BBC licence fee if I don't watch TV

I checked the Check If You Need One page from the TV Licensing website, but it didn't seem clear to me: must I pay the licence if my television is capable of showing the broadcasts, or only if I ...
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Do I need car insurance and road tax in the United Kingdom?

In Poland road tax is included in petrol, and standard insurance is included in the yearly mandatory car check-up. This insurance and tax does not include anything outside of Poland though. Can I ...
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How to go about building credit history in the UK?

I understand that if I move to another country, my good credit history in the United States will not be recognized. But this leads to a chicken-and-egg issue: if no one will give me credit, how can I ...
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Can I drive with my Polish / EU driving license in United Kingdom?

Do I need to have a driving license issued by the DVLA in United Kingdom if I am a permanent resident there? What are the implications if I do not change to UK driving license?
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How do I get Photo Identification, in the UK as a foreign national?

As a European Citizen (either from Schengen or non-Schengen), what should I do to get a photo identification card to use instead of my passport? Can I apply for such a ID straight away or are there ...