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What exactly is the process to get into the UK?


Cheery 10 | 126  
17 Nov 2008 /  #1
I want to reside and work there a time after I finish college, a few personal reasons, but I've no idea on how this works. I was relocated from Europe when I was very young, so I hadn't really traveled much. Can anyone spare any tips or resources? Yes, seems a little off, but I'm really serious about this...
polishgirltx  
17 Nov 2008 /  #2
What exactly is the process to get into the UK?

so I hadn't really traveled much. Can anyone spare any tips or resources?

i recommend an airplane... you know, buy the ticket... get your stuff... go to the airport....
;)

sorry...i couldn't help it ... good luck...
OP Cheery 10 | 126  
17 Nov 2008 /  #3
don't jive me >:[ ... I mean to reside.. permanently.
wildrover 98 | 4,451  
17 Nov 2008 /  #4
I mean to reside.. permanently.

Marry a middle aged desperate old woman....
Daisy 3 | 1,227  
18 Nov 2008 /  #5
sorry...i couldn't help it ... good luck...

I was thinking the same thing
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
18 Nov 2008 /  #6
Where are you based? Do your research on the immigration process - every case is different... how can we help you if we don't know your background, or even where you are from.

Good luck though!
Wroclaw Boy  
18 Nov 2008 /  #7
Travel there by plane, coach or car stay in cheap night to night accomodation till you find something more long trem perhaps a shared house or small falt. look for work, live, get a girlfriend etc...

Forget about Polish buerocracy, everything's much easier in England. Except paying for stuff.
Mister H 11 | 761  
18 Nov 2008 /  #8
Forget about Polish buerocracy, everything's much easier in England. Except paying for stuff.

Some would say too easy.

My advise would be to visit first and test the water to see what you think of the place. Use that time to check out some decent jobs, places to live and try and envisage yourself living here.

Do you have any idea of the area of the country you want to live in ?

Make sure you can afford to live somewhere decent.

Given the current economic conditions, get yourself a job and a place to stay lined up before you make the move.

Good luck !
jonni 16 | 2,485  
18 Nov 2008 /  #9
Depends where you're from. If you're a Polish citizen, you can just move there since Poles and Britons have an absolute right to live in each others' countries, because both are in the EU. Poles have a right to work in UK, and vice versa, so all you need to do is turn up. Unless the recession gets much worse, it should be easy to find work quickly through a temp agency. Hope you enjoy it!
Mister H 11 | 761  
18 Nov 2008 /  #10
I think I'm right in saying that if you go to Poland to work, you have to provide proof that you can support yourself financially if you don't have a job to go too.

This makes perfect sense and is something that is sadly lacking in the UK.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
18 Nov 2008 /  #11
This makes perfect sense and is something that is sadly lacking in the UK.

Wrong, if he comes here on a visa (none EU national) he has to provide proof that he has money to survive and support himself if he comes on a working visa he can only work for 1 year out of the 2 years he is allowed to stay.

If he comes here as an EU national, then he isn't allowed to claim any benefits (state assistance) until he has paid NI for 12 months.

So, either way someone walking into the country (unless they are an assylum seeker) gets nothing

Or that's how it is supposed to work!

I don't understand why if his parents are Polish and now living in a different country, he would want to come to the UK.

As for work, forget it - we are looking at record breaking unemployment in the UK...British people will take what jobs are on offer - most people, contrary to popular belief can not afford to be out of work and pride doesn't pay the bills neither does £56 per week (or what ever it is).

I would suggest this kid goes to Poland at least he has a family support network and they don't seem to be in such a steep decline as what we are.
Mister H 11 | 761  
18 Nov 2008 /  #12
Wrong, if he comes here on a visa (none EU national) he has to provide proof that he has money to survive and support himself if he comes on a working visa he can only work for 1 year out of the 2 years he is allowed to stay.

If he comes here as an EU national, then he isn't allowed to claim any benefits (state assistance) until he has paid NI for 12 months.

So, either way someone walking into the country (unless they are an assylum seeker) gets nothing

Or that's how it is supposed to work!

I was assuming he is an national of an EU country, but my point was that regardless of where he comes from, we should be checking people to make sure that they have a method of supporting themselves before they are allowed in. I think that is how it works in Poland for EU nationals.

I don't understand why if his parents are Polish and now living in a different country, he would want to come to the UK.

As for work, forget it - we are looking at record breaking unemployment in the UK...British people will take what jobs are on offer - most people, contrary to popular belief can not afford to be out of work and pride doesn't pay the bills neither does £56 per week (or what ever it is).

I would suggest this kid goes to Poland at least he has a family support network and they don't seem to be in such a steep decline as what we are.

I agree.

He should stay where he is or get work and a place to stay here sorted out before moving here. It's too big a gamble otherwise.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
18 Nov 2008 /  #13
I think I'm right in saying that if you go to Poland to work, you have to provide proof that you can support yourself financially if you don't have a job to go too.

I think that was before Poland joined EU (I had to provide proof of income for residence papers but that was 9 years ago). Now there's free movement within the EU.

I checked one of the original poster's other posts to see where they came from, and she mentioned that she's Polish born but living in US. Presumably with Polish citizenship, which would allow her unconditional access to UK, just as I now have unconditional access to PL.
OP Cheery 10 | 126  
18 Nov 2008 /  #14
I am a Polish citizen, and I've none citizenship where I am... I have another year of college and I really want to leave this place a while after I'm through. I just thought I'd ask a few if they would help provide some information on the matter, what arrangements are to be made.. I don't intend to relocated unprepared, if that was what most of you thought..

Sooo, I'm to understand that all I need to do is bring myself there are none else?
jonni 16 | 2,485  
19 Nov 2008 /  #15
Exactly that - no visa problems, no red tape, except for the work registration scheme which all employers know about and which takes 5 minutes on line.

So you can indeed just turn up!
Mister H 11 | 761  
19 Nov 2008 /  #16
I am a Polish citizen, and I've none citizenship where I am... I have another year of college and I really want to leave this place a while after I'm through. I just thought I'd ask a few if they would help provide some information on the matter, what arrangements are to be made.. I don't intend to relocated unprepared, if that was what most of you thought..

Jonni is making it sound like the streets are paved with gold.

We're in a recession and people are losing their jobs everyday. This is not the time to just "turn up", although the paperwork side of things is pretty minimal.

Get a job and a place to stay BEFORE you come here, unless you have enough cash to last you at least six months.

Do you have a budget for rent, food and general living expenses ?
jonni 16 | 2,485  
19 Nov 2008 /  #17
Even during a recession temp agencies usually have something, and of course certain parts of the country are more recession hit than others.
Mister H 11 | 761  
19 Nov 2008 /  #18
Yes I agree that there is often always "something" on a job agencies books, but there will be more people chasing that job at the moment.

Also, this Cheery chap may want something more than just "any job". Therefore my advise would be to anyone looking to move here for work, is that they have to check things out an ideally have a job waiting for them before coming here.

It's not even clear if he knows anyone that lives here already and if he doesn't have a few friends to "sofa surf" with, he needs a proper plan even more.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
19 Nov 2008 /  #19
Even during a recession temp agencies usually have something,

Wrong. During a recession companies tend to have recruitment freeze and a ban on using temp agencies - people generally work like pit ponies covering work for 2 people, trust me I know! I also know that at least 50% of the recruitment agencies that have been set up over the last 4 years will fold, they simply don't have the reputation or the client base and the ones that are the larger organisations have already started to shed staff. They work on a supply and demand basis, look at what is happening with estate agencies?

and of course certain parts of the country are more recession hit than others.

The whole country is going to be hit, regardless of which city you live in, don't be fooled my some figures that have been produced by some so called expert....we just don't don't know! What I do know is that every single friend of mine, their companies are making redundancies, mine have just gone through it, no doubt a first round and more will follow!

It would be irrisponsible to recommend a young person to travel half way across the world to come and work in this country where they have no support network
Wroclaw Boy  
19 Nov 2008 /  #20
trust me I know!

You know Jack and shite and Jack left town!
espana 17 | 910  
19 Nov 2008 /  #21
do you want to start a war ?
noimmigration  
19 Nov 2008 /  #22
BRITIAN IS IN RECESSION, THERE ARE NO JOBS SO **** OFF
SeanBM 35 | 5,808  
19 Nov 2008 /  #23
noimmigration!, baby, what are you trying to say?.

Subtle as a brick
osiol 55 | 3,922  
19 Nov 2008 /  #24
BRITIAN IS IN RECESSION

If you think this is a recession, you must be a child.
Daisy 3 | 1,227  
19 Nov 2008 /  #25
well he does have the reading age of a three year old
jonni 16 | 2,485  
19 Nov 2008 /  #26
ShelleyS:
trust me I know!

You know Jack and shite and Jack left town!

For the young and mobile (i.e. no mortgage/kids etc) there's always something.
Mister H 11 | 761  
19 Nov 2008 /  #27
It does make it easier to be in that position, but people should still take such a move seriously.

Well I think so anyway. We'll just have to beg to differ.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
19 Nov 2008 /  #28
Some of us are pretty much unemployable and at the mercy of our benevolent employers.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893  
20 Nov 2008 /  #29
You know Jack and shite and Jack left town!

LOL - look and learn! will be fun to show the stats of recruitment agencies that went to the wall in 6 months time :)))))))))

For the young and mobile (i.e. no mortgage/kids etc) there's always something.

yeah sure, sharing a house with 10 other people and working for peanuts! What a prize.
jonni 16 | 2,485  
20 Nov 2008 /  #30
yeah sure, sharing a house with 10 other people and working for peanuts! What a prize.

Doesn't stop all the young Aussies having fun in London. Poles too, sometimes.

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