I’m here to tell you our top five ways for Americans can immigrate to the United Kingdom.
Number five: Be lucky enough to have a British parent. OK, not everyone falls in this category, we get it. If your mum, or dad is a British citizen, then you may also be eligible for British Citizenship. This means there are no visa regulations. Just apply for a British passport, pack your bag, hop on a plane and come on over. What if you’re parents aren’t from the UK? If you have a parent or even a grandparent from an EEA country you may be entitled to a passport from that country. With an EEA passport you can come to the UK and live just like any other British citizen.
Number Four: Come over as a student. The Tier 4 Student Visa allows you to get a college, graduate or a professional degree. You can even use U.S. Stafford loans at most British universities. College and grad school costs less in the UK than in the States. Not just a little less, tens of thousands of dollars less. You can get your undergraduate degree in 3 years and your graduate degree in one year. That’s one less year of college to pay for
Number Three: Walk down the isle. Marry a Brit or European Union Citizen. Yes, if you marry a British person or an EEA Citizen living in the UK, you can apply for a fiancé or spousal visa. With the spousal visa you can come here to work, volunteer, go to university, set up your own business, whatever. What if you’re not ready to get married? There’s also an unmarried partner visa. If your relationship is serious enough this could be the route for you.
Number Two: Be super-skilled. The Tier 2 work visa allows skilled individuals to come to the UK to work. The UK has a skills shortage of certain professions. They even publish a list of these jobs on the Home Office website. An example of few of these professions: Social worker, Classical ballet dancer, Chemical engineer, pediatrician, graphic designer, production manager, 2D/3D Computer animator… the list goes on. If you work in IT or medicine chances are you’re covered
Number One. Be an entrepreneur. UK businesses love innovation. Do you have a business or business idea? With a comprehensive business plan and seed funding starting at £50,000 – that’s about 65,000 U.S. Dollars – you can apply for the Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa. Yes, £50,000 is a lot but here’s the trick: It doesn’t have to be your money. A company, individual or government agency can fund your project for you.
If you need assistance applying for any of these visas our experienced lawyers at Talley and Barrow are here to help. Call us now for a free consultation. You can also find us on Facebook and on the web at talleyandbarrow.co.uk.