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Currency in UK:
GBP = Great British Pound / Sterling (£). The pound sterling is made up of 100 pence (p) and the singular of pence is the penny, it is symbolized by "p".
The Great British Pound currency has two units, the pound and the penny. Currently are in circulation coins with denominations of 1p, 2 p, 5 p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1, and £2, and bank notes of £5, £10, £20 and £50.
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Moving to the United Kingdom, For generations moving into the UK has been popular with expats. Cultural diversity and liberal immigration laws have historically encouraged foreigners to flock to the UK. Although in more recent years the UK is capping the potential for expats to live and work in the country.
Prior to the global economic crisis the UK offered a wealth of exciting employment opportunities for those migrating to the region, especially in the country's capital city of London which is in constant competition with New York as the financial capital of the word. Now the job market is far more competitive as are work visas, however for those determined to prove their worth with skills and determination the UK still has many brilliant prospects.
For most expats, moving to the United Kingdom is a seamless transition from their home country, with few surprises in store.
With easily comprehensive public transport systems, high quality schools, extremely high quality infrastructure and a healthcare system that is by and large free, the UK does offer a good quality of living for expats. Unfortunately the good quality of living is often fairly expensive (despite the free healthcare) and many find it difficult to adjust to the poor weather. For those wishing to escape wet and windy weekends help is close at hand, the more adventurous expats have Europe close at hand for weekend trips. Alternatively those wishing to immerse themselves in UK based cultural attractions will be pleasantly surprised with the vast number of historical and cultural attractions available to visit within the UK itself.
Despite the recent economic climate the UK has remained a welcoming environment for expats and visitors and the UK is happy to welcome them, as the country has been strengthened and enriched by generations of immigration.
The United Kingdom is made up of 4 countries; England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Requirements will differ when applying to move to the UK as it will depend on what you wish to do, whether it is gaining UK residency, working or moving for education. To become a UK citizen you are required to live in the UK for at least 5 years and you then need to show that you have sufficient cultural knowledge and also your English language is at the required level.
If you wish to become a UK resident you must take the "Life in the UK" test which will demonstrate your knowledge of life in the UK and also your grasp of the English language. For those who are fluent in English you must simply take the Life in the UK test. For those who do not speak English as their native language then there are courses on English language and also citizenship courses that can be taken.
The Life in the UK test consists of 24 multiple choice questions which will be based on the guide "Life in the UK: A Journey to Citizenship". The test should be taken within the UK. You will be judged eligible on a good character requirement, financial and criminal history will be checked.
Visas in the UK:
Work Visa: To obtain a work visa in the UK, you must pass a 75-point based system through "Tier 1 HSMP Highly Skilled Visa". Factors include:
Education - mastery of the English language
Evidence that you can financially support yourself.
This visa allows you to work in the UK for 3 years without a job offer.
Those who are part of the European Economic Area and Switzerland can enter and stay within the UK.
Those who can take the test are:
Highly skilled workers
Foreign students (graduates from UK universities)
Any other foreigners must have a job lined up for them with documented job sponsorship from their employer. The 3 years could count towards the 5 year requirement to apply for permanent residency. It is expected that you will apply for a 2 year extension upon its initial expiration. UK Border Agency and Transitions Abroad offer more information about specific jobs.
Student Visa: There are different types of student visa.
• A "student visa" is for people over 18, want to come to the UK to study for up to six months without working.
• A "child student visa" is for those between 4-17, and must study in the UK at an independent fee-paying school.
There are different requirements for a length of stay for the adult student visas.
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Moving Your Pet to the UK: Cats and dogs must be:
Vaccinated (there is no rabies in the UK)
Have a Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) certificate
Be treated for ticks
There is no quarantine for pets coming from certain counties, such as the US.