Hey guys !
I am doing this blog post as a secondary tool to go along with my YouTube video explaining to you a bit of why I decided I wanted to move to England, and some of the challenges of moving to England, as well as some of the things that are required in order to move to England.
That being said, if you want to read the list of requirements of what is needed to move to England, as per the UK government you can find that here.
However, from here, is just my experience on what I’ve had to do, and how I went about doing so. So first things first, once you’ve decided you are wanting to move to the UK, you need to sort out what type of visa you are eligible for.
Personally, for me, I was eligible for the Tier 5 Youth mobility visa. With this visa, you have to be 30, or younger in order to apply for it . So as long as you’re below 30 when applying, you should be good to go. I applied about when I was 30 years and 11 months - so I snuck right in there.
The next thing you need to do is, have £1890, in savings. Which was roughly about $3500 CAD. This money is to prove that you can’t get yourself on your feet once you arrive In the UK. So, when I had more than that amount in my bank account, I went to the bank, had my bank statement printed, and then that statement was good for 30 days.
Once that statement was printed, I applied for my visa. It was approx $1200 to get this visa. This included the application fee, and the Medical aspects of your visa you will need it it is approved. The next thing you will need in order to apply for this visa, is a list of all of your passport numbers in this last 10 years.
This part made me freak out because I’ve lost my last two passports. Thankfully there was a number I was able to fax to get me these numbers, however I still processed my application without these numbers, and just indicated that I had lost these particular passports on my visa application.
Once you’ve fully completed the application, you will then be able to set up an appointment to be fingerprinted. It’s a super quick appointment in which they take your passport, your pictures, and a print out of your application. From here, they ship your application off to New York to be processed.
The next day I received an email saying that my application has been received and is being processed - and just a short 10 days later, I received my passport back, with visa inserted inside of it. The visa that is placed inside your passport is just a temporary slip.
You will need to pic up your biometrics card from a post office of your choice within 10 days of arriving into the UK. And that was basically it! It was a super simple process, I of course still stressed through out the entire thing, but now looking back on it, it wasn’t too bad.
The hardest part, thus far for me has been the whole opening a bank account thing ( please refer to my YouTube video to hear what I am talking about ).
I’ve personally decided to move my belongings over in two steps. As of January 2018, almost all of my belongings are in the UK, at my bf’s house. I just have a few things to bring over with me when I make my final trek over ( and the dogs - but I will save that for another blog post once I’ve got that all sorted out ).
I hope this post has been useful to anyone who’s planning on making this trip over. I know for me - I used to sit up late many a nights reading forum after forum, or people’s experiences of their visa application process, and how they navigated it. Until next time xx
Hey guys !