12 Things About Moving To UK From USA You Need To Read First (2023)

Despite the UK’s size, the island offers a ton of diversity, natural beauty, history, and travel opportunities for anyone considering moving to the UK from the US. London is the UK’s largest city with nearly 1 in every 3 born outside of the UK making London home to one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. With so much to offer, it’s hard to not put moving to London or the UK as a top expat choice.

As an American living in England, I’ve found many similarities to living in New England and even other parts of the USA (check out my England postcards). Living near London offers the best of both worlds: access to city and country, a range of old and new, and is perfect for families seeking an expat destination without an overabundance of change. But there are differences that will take time getting used to living in the UK. Otherwise, why move to London?

If you are considering a move to the UK, whether alone or with kids, here are 12 things you need to know to make your move to UK from US a successful one.

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Moving To UK From USA Requires A Visa

In fact, without a UK Visa, Americans can only visit the UK for up to 6 months. That means no soliciting or creating a business, no job-hunting, no studying for more than 6 months – just good ol’ fashioned visiting. If you’re uncertain if you need a UK Visa, you can use this handy Visa questionnaire. And use iVisa for sorting out Visa travel documents.

If you’re considering a move to the UK from the US, it’s unlikely you’d uproot for 6 months or less. (I bow down to you if you do!) With the Visa-less option out of the way, an American moving to London or the UK will need to obtain a Visa which can take several weeks to months, depending upon your situation.

Getting a Visa to move to the UK has become increasingly difficult over the years, especially now that Brexit has passed. There used to be a way forretiredpersons of independent means to apply for aVISAbut that seems to have closed years ago and no longer an option.

Visa options for Americans wanting to move to the UK are:

  • Tier 1: If you’re considered “exceptional talent”. This is typically investors, entrepreneurs (graduate included) and leaders in the arts and sciences that are considered the crème de la crème.
  • Tier 2: If you’re a skilled worker with a job offer in the UK, being transferred by an American company (sponsor) for a role in a UK-based branch of the organization (where expats most likely fall) or fulfill a skill where there’s a shortage in the UK, this can be a proven path for an American moving to the UK. If you want to try your hand on transferring from an American company in the US to a branch in the UK, here are some American companies in UK.
  • Student Tier 4 Visa: Attend college or university in the UK.
  • Marry a UK citizen.

No matter which way you’re considering, always check the UK Government for the most current and accurate information to apply for a UK Visa as an American. And if figuring out the UK Visa process is too overwhelming or difficult, it might be worthwhile seeking UK Visa assistance.

For Visa/immigration, local contacts that can help advise on moving to UK from US include:

I personally haven’t used these solicitors/lawyers, but Melissa at Wells Burcombe is a highly recommended resource for Americans seeking immigration assistance to the UK from the USA. She’s an American expat, too!

For travel documents moving abroad, the BBC refers to iVisa for all your Visa needs, including passport ports.

If you’re in the super early stages of considering a move to the UK and need advice on how to find a company that might be willing to sponsor you, be sure to read this American companies in the UK post next.

Healthcare Is Free In The UK With Some Exceptions

The NHS (National Health Service) is free for Americans moving to the UK for longer than six months. This is because immigration health fees are embedded in the cost of the UK visa, along with taxes you pay as a resident in the UK.

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There are a few US vs UK differences in healthcare though that you should be aware:

  • Dental is not really free. But if you register with a dentist, basic routine services are free for your children under 18. Keep in mind that preventative care (every 6-month teeth cleaning) is not typical in the UK. In fact, a routine dental appointment typically translates to just checking for cavities and any other irregularities, but teeth cleaning is extra.
  • Vision tests are free with the NHS if you meet certain conditions.
  • Prescriptions are free for adults 60 and over and children under 16.
  • Kids under 19 are entitled to some free NHS services that are in full-time education, such as free sight tests.
  • Vanity appointments such as mole removals (non-cancerous) and botox aren’t free. Plan on paying for non-essential appointments and services.

Before moving to the UK from the USA, find out what you’re eligible for free services with the NHS.

For medical visits to preferred healthcare specialists while in the USA, or for private medical care in the UK (to cover those out-of-NHS network visits), consider international health insurance. A global healthcare policy with expats in mind offers immediate security in the event of uncertainty after first moving to the UK and/or for medical visits while back in the USA.

For more information on what healthcare is like living in the UK, readNHS vs Private Healthcare: An American Perspective.

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School Can Be Free

A British school system vs American one has many differences but the one thing in common is that public or state schools in the UK are free for all children from 5 to 16. About 94% of children in the UK attend free state schools while 6% attend private independent schools for a fee.

How you get your child into a British school isn’t the same as zoning in the US, but knowing that you’re not bound to the American School in London or another international school can make moving to London from US far more affordable.

The trick about finding a good free school in the UK is all about timing and a little bit of luck to get into your first school of choice (you can pick up to 3). As an American that moved to UK in late summer, we missed the school enrollment deadline (typically January for the following school year) and forced to attend private.

Read here for more on differences between British and American School systems.

Getting Your Own Bank Card As An Expat Wife Is HARD

Quite possibly one of the most frustrating things you need to do after moving to the UK from the US is getting your own bank card. I get wound up just writing about how painful the banking aspect is for an American expat wife trying to get settled in the UK.

Now, if the wife is the one sponsored to relocate from the USA to the UK then it’s the expat husband or partner here that will have a hard time. I don’t want to leave my fellow expat out!

In order to get your own bank card tied to a shared bank account requires proof of residence and financial responsibility via a utility company. The catch is that utility companies want banking proof. And so the endless circle begins – the utility company needs your own banking sort code and account information, where the bank needs a utility invoice with your name on it.

The bank card chase is a bit endless but eventually resolves itself out. In my case, I had to patiently wait for 3 months for my bank card to arrive. Whereas, another expat wife I know simply gave up and uses her husbands. It simply is THAT painful.

For information on how to go about getting a bank card faster than 3 months, read up on living expenses in the UK.

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You Can Keep Your US Mobile Number While Abroad

If you’re not moving to the UK indefinitely you’ll likely want and need to keep your US mobile number. It’s likely tied to accounts and affairs that can’t be closed prior to a move abroad or American businesses that don’t accept a +44 country code.

For all the above reasons and more, I kept my mobile phone plan active for a year after moving to the UK from the US. That’s a whole lot of cash I wish I could get back but it took me that long to discover Google Voice.

With Google Voice you can keep your US mobile number while living abroad and actually use it to make calls to family or companies that don’t have other means to connect (ie WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger). And the best part is that it’s FREE.

If or when you move back to the USA from the UK, you can retrieve your US mobile number and make active again through a US mobile phone provider (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, etc).

For steps on how you can keep your US mobile number, be sure to follow these steps before moving to UK from US.

p.s. Phone plans are super cheap in the UK compared to the US!

You Still Need To File US Taxes While Living In the UK

If you’re a citizen of the US you still need to file US taxes while living in the UK. Taxes are complicated enough in the USA, but once you move to London they get a whole lot more crazy.

Thankfully there are a few laws in place to prevent double taxation so that you still have some money left in your pocket at the end of the day, but it’s trickier than your typical tax return. So much so in fact that we don’t do ours at all and rely on a third party.

Taxes can play a significant financial role in deciding whether a move to England is worth it or not. If an American company is sponsoring your move to the UK, be sure to understand who’s on point for tax responsibility. Seek financial advise before pursuing your dream move to London.

For FAQs on filing US taxes while living in the UK, read and snag a 10% discount on expat software here.

Bonus: For transferring money between US and UK bank accounts, use Wise, formerly Transferwise. They offer the simplest way to do it and the best exchange rates.

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English and British Are Not The Same

Despite popular belief, you’ll still need to learn a new language after moving to London and especially other parts of the UK. There are 56 different dialects within the British Isles and some won’t sound like the English language AT ALL. Watch an episode of Gogglebox if you don’t believe me!

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But a few British terms to become familiar with out of the gate to avoid an embarrassing moment:

  • Garden is not where you grow vegetables but simply a backyard, patio, or area to hang out.
  • Pants are underpants…I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve embarrassed my kids in front of their British friends on this one.
  • Quid is money, ie pounds.
  • Knackered means tired. I thought it meant drunk so I was convinced all the Brits were a bunch of alcoholics.
  • Fag is cigarette. Be sure to watch Bridget Jones if you haven’t already before moving to the UK.
  • Chips are chunky (not skinny) fries and not potato chips. If you prefer skinny fries ask for French fries. If you like potato wedges, ask for chips.

Factor In Council Taxes For Expenses

A big shocker to expense planning for a move to UK from US is council taxes.

If you don’t plan or estimate council taxes, which you can pay over 10 months or in one lump sum, you could be sorely surprised. Council taxes are what you’re charged to cover for local services, such as rubbish collection, libraries, parks, local police authorities, public transport, and even homelessness.

Council taxes are evaluated and determined based upon a property band. The more valuable the property, the higher the tax.

When determining where to live in London or elsewhere in the UK, be sure to ask if the council tax is included in the monthly rent and what the property band is. This way you are prepared for the financial commitment should the terms of your rental agreement change.

Overall, our council taxes are cheaper than property taxes in Texas (which are super high compared to other US states) but we weren’t anticipating this additional expense once we moved to the UK.

For what to expect for expenses living in the UK, read what it costs to live in the UK.

You Can’t Buy and Sell Your Stocks Easily While Living In The UK

This one I never even considered until I called my financial advisor in the USA to make some account changes for me after I was already in the UK. I was surprised at first but then I realized that many brokers don’t offer cross-border services – not even Fidelity.

Buying and selling stocks is mostly prohibited to residents living in the same country where those funds are regulated. So, if you’re managing your money in the US, you should be trading in the US. When you mix countries and currencies, it not only becomes questionable but quite possibly illegal.

There are ways that allow you to trade as an expat while living in the UK, but it’s complicated. Foreign currencies, taxes, reporting requirements, and government laws to start.

If actively managing your portfolio abroad is a must-have requirement, consult your financial advisor for options before moving to the UK.

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Your House Likely Won’t Have AC, Window Screens, An Ice-Maker Or Dryer

Since I grew up in New England, not having AC in the house has never been that big of a deal. But for a California boy, not having AC can seem like the end of the world. No AC coupled with window-less screens and a house full of bugs stuck to every ceiling light in the house on a hot British night (despite what people will tell you, there are mosquitos in the UK!), and you may have a miserable family on your hands.

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But those hot summer days are far fewer than the number of wet cool ones, so it’s typically short-lived pain. If you’re moving to London, beware that the tube can be painfully uncomfortable (hot) as you make your way to work in a 3-piece suit with the rest of the city. The London Underground is the only place in the middle of winter where you can guarantee a warm spot!

Consider your commute, allergies, and overall sensitivity to heat. Depending upon your situation, it might be worth holding out for a place with AC or at least one that lets you install one.

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And on the theme of hot and cold, it seems the Brits don’t really care for ice as much as the Americans do. Not only will there not be an ice-maker in your disguised super small refrigerator built-in, but it’s unlikely to have ice in your pub-poured drink, too.

And alas, the dryer. Before moving to UK from USA, don’t get rid of your drying rack. You’ll need one in the UK. Even if your place comes with a dryer (unlikely) or the all-in-one wash and dry unit (likely), clothes simply don’t dry. Dryers in the UK aren’t installed with a vent but a condensation collection. The eco-style dryers and condensation system make for long-drying times and a completed cycle that feels about 50% less wet than when you started.

Plan on hanging out your clothes to dry while living in the UK.

You Can Drive On Your American License For Up To 1 Year

Even though the last thing you’ll likely want to do upon moving to London is driving, it might be that you have to. Whether it’s work, school, or some other circumstance that forces you to attempt the notorious roundabouts, you’re allowed to drive on your American license for up to 1 year.

Be sure to opt-in for insurance through the rental agency or your credit card used to rent the car. It’s illegal to drive in the UK without insurance – not just for the car but for yourself, too.

If you plan to drive in the UK beyond 1 year, plan on getting your UK driver’s license. As an American that failed the UK driving theory test, let me be the first to tell you it’s not as simple as moving state to state. Read here for tips on how to prepare for the UK Driving Theory Test.

Walking Is A Way Of Life In The UK

If you’re considering a move to London or anywhere in the UK from a city in the US that doesn’t primarily rely on public transportation (that’s pretty much everywhere except NYC), then plan on investing in great walking shoes.

As an American in England, I walk more in the UK than anywhere else I’ve ever lived. And I’ve found that others that visit are always shocked with how much walking is required to get around – not just for sightseeing but for basic things, too. Where Americans hop in a car, Brits lace-up in good shoes.

For the best shoesand what to wear (even with dresses), read about the most comfortable shoes for cobblestones.

Final Thoughts On Moving To UK From US

Moving to England has been one of the best life experiences. But expat life does require work. Like any move, it takes time to learn and adjust to the local differences from what you’re used to. As long as you embrace the change, work at making friends, and give the experience the same best shot you’d give moving everywhere, those differences suddenly become everyday life and actually make the experience special.

If you’re trying to figure out how to move to UK from US, be sure to sign up to the aBroad purpose newsletter for the detailed American moving abroad checklist. It lists out all the steps to move from the US to the UK, links to important resources, what to pack for food (yes, food!), and even top 10 things to buy that you can’t buy in the UK.

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Are you considering a move to London or are you an American expat in the UK? What’s something I missed that you wish you’d known before moving to UK from USA? Please share in the comments.

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FAQs

What do I need to know about moving from USA to UK? ›

Get a UK Visa and Residence Permit

Contrary to popular belief, you need a visa to move to the UK if you are an American citizen. The only exception to this is that if you are visiting with no long-term plans, you can stay in the UK without a visa for six months – but you cannot work during your visa-free stay.

How hard is it for an American to move to the UK? ›

Is moving to the UK easy? Americans hoping to move to the UK will need to obtain a visa. The most common type of visas are the UK work visa and family visas. If neither applies in your case, unfortunately moving to UK from US can be difficult.

What are the disadvantages of living in the UK? ›

Cons of Living in the UK
  • Long Doctor Visit Waiting Lists. The UK has inexpensive, decent-quality health care. ...
  • Strict Visa Requirements. ...
  • Competitive Job Market. ...
  • The Brexit Politics Will Affect Travel. ...
  • Damp, Cold, and Gray Days. ...
  • Frequent Travel Delays. ...
  • Not Enough Work-Life Balance. ...
  • Propensity for Binge Drinking.

What is the easiest country to move to from the US? ›

Mexico. Mexico is one of the easiest and most affordable countries for Americans to move to. It's also the most popular, with over 1.5 million Americans calling Mexico home.

How do I start my life in the UK? ›

How to Move to the UK?
  1. Find employment.
  2. Find the correct visa type.
  3. Apply for the visa.
  4. Move to the UK.
  5. Get an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

Is settling in UK easy? ›

In fact, many people who migrate to the UK for study, find jobs and stay back here forever. Also, the fact the English is the first language in the country, most people find it easy to settle here permanently. The United Kingdom also boasts a very strong and vibrant economy, backed by lower employment rates.

How much money do I need to move to the UK? ›

Quick answer: The average cost of moving from the US to the UK is $3800 to $6850. The size of your move is the most significant cost factor. Additionally, the service you choose, time of year, and mover can affect the cost.

Is it worth living in the UK 2022? ›

While a decent salary is an important reason to immigrate to the United Kingdom, the cost of living can be a drawback. In 2022 the UK is experiencing a “cost of living crisis”. Brought on by Brexit, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine inflation is at its highest rate in 40 years.

What city should I live in UK? ›

The UK is home to some of the best places in the world to raise a family. The country has a high quality education system, relatively low crime rate and plenty of job opportunities all over. Our top picks to raise a family are Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Reading, Manchester, Edinburgh and even London.

How long can Americans stay in UK? ›

You can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months) and other permitted activities. You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You might be able to apply to stay for longer in certain circumstances, for example to get medical treatment.

What is the easiest country to move to? ›

Here are the 9 easiest countries that you can move to from the United States:
  • Svalbard.
  • Mexico.
  • Portugal.
  • Ecuador.
  • Malta.
  • Spain.
  • South Korea.
  • Australia.

What is the best place to live in England? ›

The 10 best places to live in the UK
  • Birmingham. Despite being the UK's second-largest city, Birmingham – or Brum, as the locals affectionately call it – is not on the radar of many expats moving to the UK. ...
  • Glasgow. ...
  • Oxford and the Cotswolds. ...
  • Brighton. ...
  • Cardiff. ...
  • Edinburgh. ...
  • Reading and the Thames Valley. ...
  • Manchester.
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Can I go to UK without money? ›

An individual who needs a visa to come to the UK as a visitor must have sufficient funds in order to cover reasonable costs for their visit.

Is UK or US better to live? ›

Generally, the living standards in the UK are better than in the US.

Why do people leave the UK? ›

Increased crime rates and anti-social behavior in nearly all towns in the UK is a worry for many and often a reason that many are now looking for a safer life abroad. In many cities throughout the UK, gang culture has increased with more knife and gun crimes been committed than ever before.

Which is the hardest country to immigrate to? ›

Top 14 Hardest Countries to Immigrate To:
  • Vatican City.
  • China.
  • Japan.
  • Qatar.
  • Liechtenstein.
  • United Arab Emirates.
  • Kuwait.
  • Saudi Arabia.

What is the best country for Americans to move to? ›

Many Americans consider moving to another country at some point in their lives. For most, it's never anything more than a fun idea. Some, however, follow through on their dream of living abroad.
...
The Eight Best Countries to Move to from the US
  1. Portugal. ...
  2. Spain. ...
  3. Greece. ...
  4. Malta. ...
  5. Montenegro. ...
  6. Thailand. ...
  7. Singapore. ...
  8. South Korea.
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What is the best country in the world to live in 2022? ›

Sept. 27, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. Switzerland has reclaimed its No. 1 spot in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Countries rankings after a one-year hiatus, while the United States and Sweden moved into the top 5 in the seventh edition of the analysis, released on Tuesday.

How hard is Life in the UK test? ›

The pass rate for the exam is 75%. This means that you need to get at least 18 correct answers out of 24 questions. Committing 7 or more mistakes in the exam means you would fail. If there are a couple of questions that you aren't sure about, but you are confident of you answers for the rest, then do not panic!

How much does Life in the UK test cost? ›

You must book your Life in the UK Test online at least 3 days in advance. It costs £50. There are over 30 test centres in the UK. You can choose where to take your test when you book.

What happens if you fail Life in the UK test? ›

If you fail the test

You can rebook the test as many times as you need. You'll have to pay each time.

What is the fastest way to get UK citizenship? ›

5 Year Route To British Citizenship

If you have been living in the UK for 5 years or more and had Indefinite Leave to remain for a minimum of 12 months you may be eligible to apply for Citizenship. There are other requirements to be met such as Life in the UK test and residency.

Does buying a house in UK gives you residency? ›

Some individuals have misconceptions regarding the various routes to residency in the UK. Purchasing a residential property in the UK will not give the investors or them residency in the UK.

How can I move to UK without a job? ›

Yes, you can move to the UK without a job if you have enough money to support yourself and if you are born to British parents or qualify for one of the following visa's: Tier 5 Youth Mobility (this is country and age-restricted) UK Ancestry. Right to Abode.

Where is the cheapest place to live UK? ›

10 cheapest places to live in the UK
  • City of Dundee. The City of Dundee is located on the northern banks of the Firth of Tay. ...
  • East Riding of Yorkshire. East Riding of Yorkshire is an area in England that has much to offer. ...
  • City of Glasgow. ...
  • City of Aberdeen. ...
  • Stirling & Falkirk. ...
  • West Yorkshire. ...
  • Cumbria.
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How much is rent in the UK? ›

In 2021, rents rose to an average of £969, that's a 12% average increase over the last five years. As such, households who agree to new lets are now having to pay an additional average annual cost of £744, compared to the start of the pandemic in the UK in March 2020, indicating a staggering rise.

How much is a house in the UK? ›

on average, house prices have risen 1.1% since March 2022. there has been an annual price rise of 12.4% which makes the average property in the UK valued at £281,161.
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Price change by region for England.
RegionLondon
Average price April 2022£529,829
Annual change % since April 20217.9
Monthly change % since March 20221
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How much does it cost to move from USA to UK? ›

The cost of moving from the US to the UK

Quick answer: The average cost of moving from the US to the UK is $3800 to $6850. The size of your move is the most significant cost factor. Additionally, the service you choose, time of year, and mover can affect the cost.

How long can US citizen stay in UK? ›

You can visit the UK as a Standard Visitor for tourism, business, study (courses up to 6 months) and other permitted activities. You can usually stay in the UK for up to 6 months. You might be able to apply to stay for longer in certain circumstances, for example to get medical treatment.

Is it worth living in the UK 2022? ›

While a decent salary is an important reason to immigrate to the United Kingdom, the cost of living can be a drawback. In 2022 the UK is experiencing a “cost of living crisis”. Brought on by Brexit, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine inflation is at its highest rate in 40 years.

How can an American become a UK resident? ›

  1. Check if you meet the citizenship requirements.
  2. Prepare your application for British citizenship.
  3. Complete Biometrics.
  4. Submit Your Application.
  5. Wait for a decision.
  6. Attend a Citizenship Ceremony and officially become a British citizen!

What city should I live in UK? ›

The UK is home to some of the best places in the world to raise a family. The country has a high quality education system, relatively low crime rate and plenty of job opportunities all over. Our top picks to raise a family are Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Reading, Manchester, Edinburgh and even London.

How much money are you allowed to carry UK? ›

You must declare cash of £10,000 or more to UK customs if you're carrying it between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and a country outside the UK. If you're travelling as a family or group with more than £10,000 in total (even if individuals are carrying less than that) you still need to make a declaration.

How much is rent in the UK? ›

In 2021, rents rose to an average of £969, that's a 12% average increase over the last five years. As such, households who agree to new lets are now having to pay an additional average annual cost of £744, compared to the start of the pandemic in the UK in March 2020, indicating a staggering rise.

How much bank balance is required for UK visa? ›

You must submit 6 months of bank statements that clearly show your monthly salary and financial commitments. There must not be any large deposits of cash other than your salary. Total savings must be at least twice your proposed UK trip expenses.

What are the benefits of living in England? ›

Top 10 benefits of living and working in the UK
  • Free healthcare and education. ...
  • Easy access to Europe. ...
  • Its great career opportunities. ...
  • There's so much to see and do. ...
  • It has friendly and polite people. ...
  • It's great for English speakers. ...
  • It's home to britain's Royal family. ...
  • A lot of paid time off.
28 Jul 2022

What does an American need to work in the UK? ›

US Citizens & Working in the UK

In order to submit an application for a UK Work Permit you must have first received an offer of employment (in the form of a certificate of sponsorship) from a UK employer who holds a sponsor licence issued by the UKBA.

Why is the UK falling? ›

The most apparent reason behind Pound's falling is the recently introduced tax cuts, among others, by the UK government. The drastic shift in the economic policy after the change of the government is forcing the foreign exchange markets to turn against the UK.

Where does UK rank in quality of life? ›

Quality of Life Index by Country 2022 Mid-Year
RankCountryQuality of Life Index
20United Kingdom164.80
21Czech Republic163.78
22Canada163.77
23Lithuania162.95
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Is quality of life decreasing in the UK? ›

Living standards in Britain are expected to fall at the fastest annual rate since the mid-1950s and will take until at least 2024 to return to pre-Covid levels, according to the government's independent economic forecaster.

What is the fastest way to get British citizenship? ›

You can usually apply for ILR after you've lived in the UK for 5 years. To apply for citizenship with ILR you must usually have lived in the UK for 12 months after getting it.

Does UK allow dual citizenship? ›

Dual citizenship (also known as dual nationality) is allowed in the UK. This means you can be a British citizen and also a citizen of other countries. You do not need to apply for dual citizenship. You can apply for foreign citizenship and keep your British citizenship.

How many years does it take to get UK citizenship? ›

You can apply for citizenship if you've lived in the UK for 5 years and have had one of the following for 12 months: indefinite leave to remain in the UK. 'settled status' (also known as 'indefinite leave to remain under the EU Settlement Scheme')

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