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

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Can I use my international driving license instead of a provisional one to pass a driving test?

I hold my foreign international license which I still can use to drive within the UK (i.e. less than 12 months has passed). Now I am going to obtain full UK license. Can I go through the whole ...
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Which visa for self-employed work in the UK?

Which visa do I need to apply for to work self-employed in the UK, doing some consulting work for companies, on contract? I've done my research on the different visas available to work in the UK, and ...
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Applying for UK Tier 2 sponsored visa: If my employment ends, what are my options?

I am in the process of getting a Tier 2 (company sponsorship). What would happen if my employment or my company ends? Particularly, will I have a grace period to look for a new job or will I have to ...
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Can you apply for a student visa to UK after receiving an order of removal in the US?

My nephew overstayed in the United States and received an order of removal four years ago. He never committed any crime and always maintained a good record throughout his entire stay in the US. He ...
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Which country gets to prosecute criminal cases over travelers committing a crime in foreign countries? [closed]

My passport contains a paragraph along the lines of "visitors must respect both the laws of country of origin, and the laws of the visiting country". I notice I'm feeling confused about this, so here'...
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Where do couples who are non-UK citizens register the birth of their child in the UK?

My family and I live in the UK; we are not UK citizens. We had a baby born in the UK recently. Where do I register the birth of our baby in the UK? My wife was told to make an appointment with our GP, ...
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Can I get a NI number from abroad?

I will be turning 16 soon, I am a British citizen but I have never lived there. I want to be able to receive a National Insurance Number to work in the UK when I am older. Most people in the UK are ...
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What would happen with my pension if I leave Europe and never return?

I have pensions in Norway and the UK. I was told that it is possible to transfer the funds between European countries. But what would happen if I leave Europe and never return?
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Getting fresh carp for Christmas in the UK

Common Carp is a common Christmas dish around Central Europe, but not around the rest of the world, including the UK. It is commonly bought alive, and only killed before actually preparing the dish (...
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Is there a US version of the UK Criminal Records Bureau check?

I am a US citizen who has moved to the UK. My new employer has asked me to get a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check so I can work with children. Since I do not have sufficient history in the UK, my ...
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Healthcare in the UK, if you're not entitled to free use of the NHS?

In the UK, almost everyone is covered by the National Health Service (NHS), the publicly funded healthcare system. One of the things about it is that it's free at the point of use, for those who're ...
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Can a naturalised British citizen live anywhere in the world without losing UK citizenship?

Following up on How do i get a British citizenship?, I realised that one of the requirements is you’ll continue to live in the UK When googling for the question I'm asking here, unofficial ...
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Advantages of keeping UK National Insurance while moving permanently to another country?

Having lived in the UK for ~6 years, I'm now preparing to move to the US. As a corporate director, I've contributed to UK's National Insurance at basic rates, but made minimal investments above that. ...
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How can I get a British relative's birth certificate for a visa application?

In the event you're applying for an Ancestry visa and require your grandparent's birth certificate, how can one get an official copy of said certificate that would be acceptable in an application?
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Is there a residency permit that would allow a US citizen to live/work in the UK or rest of Europe?

I'm an US citizen who's thinking about going to university in Europe-mostly likely Germany. I would like to eventually live and work somewhere in Europe. Possibly in the UK as I have some family & ...
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How does gaining a second citizenship affect a prenuptial agreement?

My wife and I are US citizens and got married prior to moving to the UK. Before getting married we signed a prenuptial agreement. If we become UK citizens will the prenuptial agreement still be valid? ...
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When returning to the UK from working in the EU, what do you need to show you activated your “Treaty Rights” WRT non-EU family members?

As I understand it, under Directive 2004/38/EC, an EU national who has only ever lived in their own country is governed by national rules when it comes to inviting non-eu family members to join them. ...
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Are UK Railcards restricted by nationality, or is residency enough?

Quite a few of the Travel.SE questions on UK train travel suggest getting a railcard to reduce the cost of travel. While not all train tickets can be discounted this way (some railcards are area ...
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American C# developer looking to move to EU [closed]

I am a C# developer and a US citizen. I wanted to explore software development or engineering roles in start ups in EU, in particular in cities such as Amsterdam, London or Stockholm. I have a master ...
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What is the difference between Indefinite Leave to Remain and gaining UK Citizenship?

I am an Australian living and working in the UK on an Ancestry Visa. I have been here for 4 years, and my Visa expires in another 1 year. My wife is a British Citizen, and we would like to stay here ...
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How to deal with traffic offences in United Kingdom? [closed]

I know in the United Kingdom you can fines issued by the Traffic Police Department, for speeding, illegal parking (on public roads) and also you can get fine "Invoices" from private companies that ...
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Will my past removal from UK affect my ability to join my family in USA?

I am originally from Pakistan, I was living in UK on student visa tier 4 and wasn't allowed to work on my visa. I had 16 months of visa left on my passport when I got caught by UKBA while working ...
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Is there a faster way of renewing my Italian driver's license as a UK expat?

I discovered that my Italian drivers license has expired. I need to renew it but I'm an expat in the UK: The Italian Driver License agency won't touch my license with a 10-foot-pole The English DVLA ...
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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 ...

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