Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American

How to move to the UK a view of Westminster

How to move to London England

 

Fancy moving to England?

First of all, you need to understand exactly where you want to live in England and that while England is in Great Britain the country is actually comprised of several other nations, which includes, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland which is actually part of the United Kingdom. Ireland is a separate country and has different rules.

Confused? LOL, doesn’t really matter all you need to know is that the UK is Northern Ireland, Scotland, England( it’s many islands and Wales. Great Britain is actually the landmass that includes Scotland, England and Wales. 

How to move to the UK a British passport

Currently, with the threat of Brexit, the rules for moving to the U.K remain the same, however, they could change anytime within the next few years as the exit from the E.U takes place. So if you want to move to the UK and be there longer than 90 days there are certain things you need to know.

How to move to the UK a view of Westminster

 

How to move to the UK

If you are someone whose descendants come from anywhere in the EU or UK (or Ireland)  you may be entitled to a European Union Passport by virtue of descent. This means if your parents and in some cases grandparents were born within the EU or the UK you can apply for a passport from that country.

For the most part, living in any of those areas is pretty much the same given the visa you may be applying for. However, each area has different rules and regulations for health care, social services, banking, buying a house, renting and the cost of living.

If you were lucky enough to be born in the U.K, coming “home” will be relatively easy and you won’t need any special visa. I would highly recommend applying for your UK passport from the country where you are currently living before you decide to move to the UK.

How to move to the UK a British double decker bus

What to know about Ireland before you go.

Obviously, it is much cheaper to live in a rural area where the rents and housing prices will be considerably less than in London. If you are a student, you could have your pick of areas to attend University in. But if you are retired, living outside of any city will provide you with many more options at a considerably lower cost of living.

Nevertheless, if you’re not a UK or EU citizen, then make sure you get your visa arranged prior to leaving your home country.  A tourist visa does not give you the right to live or work in the UK. While Americans, Canadians, Australians, New Zealanders and nationals from certain other countries can usually enter the UK visa-free as tourists, this does not give you the right to work.

If you’re caught working without the correct visa, you’ll likely be removed from the country and you could be barred from re-entering the UK for up to 10 years. As a citizen of any of these countries, you can stay in the UK for up to 6 months as long as your passport is valid.

The UK is a member of the European Union, but it has an opt-out from the Schengen border-free area. It operates its own visa policy and also maintains the Common Travel Area with the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American

Non-visa nationals

British Nationals who are not European Union citizens and citizens of 56 countries and territories are visa-exempt for stays in the UK of up to 6 months (or 3 months if they enter from the Republic of Ireland). These countries include the following and these are non-working stays:

 

Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American

The EU countries are:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The European Economic Area 

The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.

Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market – this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

“There will be no change to the rights and status of EU nationals living in the UK, nor UK nationals living in the EU, while the UK remains in the EU“. God knows what will happen after Brexit takes places officially this is very much up in the air.

list of EU countries

I’m an American/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand citizen, can I move to the UK?

If you’re a citizen of any of the above and you’re looking to move to the UK to stay for 6 months or more, you’ll need to obtain the relevant visa.  Work, family, study or investment are all relevant reasons for a visa, however, so you’ll need to apply for whichever visa type you legally need in order to be able to move to the UK.

If you have family or a relative living in the UK with either British Citizenship, settlement or asylum status then you may be able to apply for a Standard Visitor Visa. This entitles you to move to the UK for a period of 6 months or more. You can actually stay for up to 33 months, at which point you can then extend your visa.

Spouse Visa

U.K spouse visas are one of the most common visa types. If your husband, wife or civil partner is a British citizen then you can apply through this visa category to live in the U.K. Different from other visa types, a spouse visa will give you the right to work in the U.K whilst living there. You must be able to prove that you’re legally married, that you intend to live together for the duration of you living here and be able to financially support yourself independent of any government funding.

Whichever spouse is the British citizen must also meet the £18,600 per year minimum income requirement for a spouse visa. The same rules apply if you are an unmarried partner who wants to join their boyfriend or girlfriend in the U.K, although you must have lived together for a minimum of 2 years and meet the financial requirements. If there are children involved there is an additional financial requirement for the children.

Trafalgar Square and the Museum of Art

Types of Visas for Non-UK/Non-European Nationals

A Standard Visitor Visa is the most commonly applied for and it allows you to stay in the UK for a variety of reasons, which can include:

  • on holiday or to see your family and friends
  • for business, or to take part in sports or creative events
  • to receive private medical treatment
  • you’re an academic and are doing research or accompanying students on a study abroad programme
  • you’re a doctor or dentist and are coming to the UK to take a clinical attachment or observer post
  • you want to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessment Board (PLAB) test or sit the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE)
  • you want to get funding to start, take over, join or run a business in the UK
  • Take a course of study for up to 30 days as long as it is not the main reason for visiting
  • Take part in an exchange program for students under 18

You can check if you need this visa if you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and see the full list of any business-related activities you can undertake.

You might be able to stay for longer if:

  • you’re coming to the UK for private medical treatment – up to 11 months (£179 fee)
  • you’re an academic on sabbatical and coming to the UK for research – you, your spouse or civil partner may be able to stay for up to 12 months (£179 fee)
  • If you’re staying in the UK as an academic or to receive private medical treatment for longer than 6 months, you must apply for a biometric residence permit.

Long-term visit visas

If you can prove you need to visit the UK regularly over a longer period, you can apply for a visa that lasts 2, 5 or 10 years. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit.

Fees

A Standard Visitor visa costs £89.

The fee for a long-term visit visa depends on its length:

2 years – £337

5 years – £612

10 years – £767

UK Study Visas & Tier 4 General Student Visas

Student Visas are designed for people from outside the European Economic Area who are doing a short course or some form of study in the UK.

Study visas allow you to stay in the UK for a maximum of 6 to 11 months but it does depend on exactly what you are studying.

A study visa will cost £85 for a 6-month visa and £162 for an 11 month extended visa.

You can apply for a Tier 4 (General) student visa which is for a longer-term study if you’re 16 or over and you:

  • have been offered a place on a course
  • can speak, read, write and understand English
  • have enough money to support yourself and pay for your course – the amount will vary depending on your circumstances
  • are from a country that’s not in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • meet the other eligibility requirements

It costs £335 to apply for this visa from outside the UK. You must pay £335 per person for any dependants.

You will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

How long you can stay

  • You can arrive in the UK before your course starts:
  • up to 1 week before, if your course lasts 6 months or less
  • up to 1 month before, if your course lasts more than 6 months
  • How long you can stay depends on the kind, of course, you’re doing and what study you’ve already completed.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • study
  • work as a student union sabbatical officer
  • apply from inside or outside the UK
  • apply to extend your stay
  • work in most jobs – depending on what level your course is and what kind of sponsor you have

Business Visitor visas

A business visitor visa is designed for people from outside the European Economic Area who intend to visit the UK as part of their job. Business visitor visas allow you to stay in the UK for up to 6 months (or 12 months if you are an academic visitor).

As a business visitor, you are only permitted to do activities related to your job, but you must be employed by an overseas business corporation and paid via them.

If you are an academic visitor, you should apply for a specific academic visitor visa, which will allow you to stay in the UK to do research or accompany students who are studying in the UK. Family members of academic visitors can also apply for a general visitor or child visa and can stay in the UK for up to 12 months.

Doctors and dentists should apply for the specific Doctors and dentists visa, which permits an individual to undertake clinical assignments in the UK.

A business visitor visa costs £84 per person.

Can Canadians work in the UK?

You can work in the UK either as a Canadian or N. American if you have received a job offer with sponsorship from a UK employer. 

If you are between the ages of 18-30 you can work in the UK for up to 2 years with a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa without sponsorship if you:

  • Have £1,890 in savings
  • Have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries (Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, or Taiwan)
  • Meet the other eligibility requirements: you cannot apply if you have:
    • children who live with you
    • children, you’re financially responsible for
    • already been in the UK under the scheme or in the former ‘working holidaymaker’ category

What jobs am I eligible for?

This will depend on the individual employer, the type of role, and your relevant skills and experience.

Whilst some organisations have a licence to sponsor temporary and/or permanent employees to allow them to work at their business, not all of them will be able to this.

To find out whether the job is suitable for EU, EEA and Commonwealth citizens, or for applicants outside of these areas, check the job description – or get in touch with the employer directly.

Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American

Other UK visas – Independent Means Visas

Retirement to the UK is an option for foreign nationals over sixty who can demonstrate an income “without working” of £25,000 per year “without working”, and a close connection with the UK.

Independent Means visa applications should be made at the British Embassy/Consulate/High Commission in the candidate’s country of nationality/usual residence. Successful applications usually result in the issue of a four-year visa. Once a candidate has spent four years in the UK, as long as they still have the requisite income, the Home Office will normally grant indefinite leave to remain.

The NHS – Healthcare in the U.K

The National Health Service or the NHS as it is known here was created in 1948 to provide free health care services for all British citizens.

The NHS includes hospitals, accident and emergencies, dentists, general practitioners along with other medical services.

Residents of the UK have access to the NHS free of charge, and foreign nationals are able to use the service free of charge in emergencies.

Foreign nationals can use the NHS free of charge if they intend to take up a permanent residence or if they are claiming asylum. If a foreign national has been a resident in the UK for over twelve months, they are also entitled to free health care via the NHS. More information about NHS services for visitors can be found on the NHS Website.

Visitors and residents from within the European Economic Area can apply for a European Health Insurance card, which allows them to use the NHS free of charge.

So there you have it, everything you need to know about moving to the U.K. Like I said, in the beginning, various areas have different rules and regulations when it comes to things like the NHS or looking for work but usually there is a citizens advice bureau in these areas that will be able to answer your questions.

Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American

Things may change a great deal after Brexit or they may stay the same check out Clelia’s article on BREXIT: How to move to UK / England / London: The Ultimate Guide.

Want to live in Ireland? Here’s how to move there

Good luck on your move to the U.K.

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58 thoughts on “Moving to the UK as a Canadian or American”

  1. Carmela Hansen

    Thanks to you, now I know which documents to bring with me when I move to the UK. Aside from this, I know that I should also be considering to hire a removal company seeing the numerous belongings I have to take with me. Do you have an article or write-up solely focused on hiring removal companies? I already found one which might be able to help me with the process, but I need tips or advice to help me ensure that they’re the right one for the job. I hope you could help me, thanks in advance.

  2. Harjit Singh Lakhan

    Hi, “England is Britain the country is actually comprised of several other countries, which includes, Scotland, Wales and N. Ireland”

    Actually, England is part of Great Britain. Great Britain comprises of England, Scotland and Wales. United Kingdom comprises of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

  3. Tesseir Francis

    I would love to relocate from Antigua UK but don’t know anyone I am trying to better my self I am asking for some help to relocate

    1. 18 – 45 year olds from Antigua And Barbuda are able to apply for a Work Visa to the UK. Successful applicants can migrate and work in the UK permanently or temporarily you should check with the local Embassy to find out if you are eligible.

  4. I am a 48 year old Canadian who can get British Citizenship as my dad and other family are from there. I would like to move to England permanently. I would like to work and study there. Do I need to have a certain amount of savings to move there? Also what is the age of retirement and what would be my options at that point?

    1. Your first step would be to obtain your British Passport, which can be done through the Consulate in Canada and you can get in touch with them to obtain the right paperwork. You would supply them with your details, your dad’s birth certificate and all the usual passport application details. Once you have obtained the Passport you are then considered a British citizen and can move to England. At that point, all you need to do is get on a plane and go. Of course its a little more complicated as you would have to have savings to keep you going until you find work. As for your pension, England has a reciprocal arrangement with England so that you can transfer or collect your Canadian Pension in the UK. The England pension age is somewhat different from Canada, but you can also collect your Canadian pension at the usual age and simply have it paid into your Canadian bank account which you can then transfer to the UK. You can also collect a British pension if you have paid into the system through whatever work you obtain in England. I hope that helps a little. You can email me at [email protected] if you have other questions.

  5. Hello!!

    I am a Canadian citizen (born and raised). My family has no connections with the UK at all, so to become a citizen, I need to meet and marry a UK citizen, is that correct?

    1. Not necessarily you could apply for a work or study visa both of which can lead to being able to stay in the UK until you can apply for citizenship.

  6. Hello:

    I am a Canadian Citizen who has recently gotten my Italian Citizenship (Italian passport). Question. Can I move to England, and if so is there any limitation on how long I stay, without employment. I am too young to retire, and currently work as a Mechanical Engineer. Any advice would be appreciated

    1. Hi Micheal thanks to the whole Brexit uncertainty I would wait until after October 31st to make plans to move. Currently with England as part of the EU freedom of movement between EU countries is the law and those with EU passports can move to any EU country within the EU and live there. Of course, you have to register for services like healthcare, taxes and so on which can get complex but is doable. I would recommend that you search job boards for employment to see if you can get a job offer before you go. Failing that do your homework with regard to where you want to live in England, what jobs are available and so on. Currently there is no limitation on length of stay or getting employment in the UK but of course, Brexit could change all that.

  7. I am a Canadian citizen , self employment in Canada and I want to work as self employment in England too, would you please let me know which visa i have to get it ?

      1. Hi, just to clarify … Can my child become local UK student when I move over in start-up visa, or they will be categorised as international student?

        Thanks in advance.

        1. If your child is under 18 I believe they will be treated as a local UK student. You will have to pay for their Visa and of course the healthcare supplement that is required under law for every family member. There is also no access to public funds for dependents such as childcare allowance and so on. There is a list here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/public-funds–2/public-funds. If your child is over 18 I suspect they would have to apply for a separate visa as a student if they hope to attend University or College.

  8. I am a Canadian citizen who arrived in the UK Sep. 9 2019 and I have house sitting commitments in the UK until Mar 25 2020. That’s 3 weeks past my allowable 6 month period. Im going to be in S. Ireland in January 2020 for 12 days. When I re-enter the UK, does my 6 month allowable time begin again?

    1. Hi Michael well according to the law –

      “If you’ve stayed longer than you’re allowed to under your visa, this is called overstaying. You’ll have 30 days to leave the country from the date it expired. If you’re an overstayer and want to stay in the UK, you should check what you can do. If you applied for a new visa before your old one expired, you can stay in the UK until you get a decision. You won’t be an overstayer if your application’s valid.”

      As a housesitter you can’t claim that as an excuse as it is considered “work” even though you are not being paid. You are a visitor or tourist not a housesitter. You could apply for an extension of your Visa or permit to stay in the UK for 6 months and this would mean that you can safely overstay as the permission process would be in the works. You would need to prove you are self-supporting and can afford to travel in the UK without access to financial supports, you would also need to prove you have healthcare insurance if you became ill in the UK those would be mandatory for being able to apply for a visa extension.

  9. Hey
    I have residentce permit in UK
    I can bring my girlfriend to UK from Canada then I wanna marry her and we want to live in UK
    Thanks a lot

  10. Hi I’m from UK lived with my Canadian wife for 18 years in Canada, I now have dual citizenship have my wife and 2 kids 9 and 15 who o ly have Canadian passports.
    My mum has health issues so we need to move back quickly, while I know I can get in with my UK passport can my wife and kids apply within the UK? Like I say it’s pretty urgent, she doesnt need to work.
    If not… do they have to go back to Canada or can they stay with family in portugal or CZ and apply from there? Can they apply ome back to uk while it’s being assessed? I will be buying a house when I get there, so will be a resident.
    Thanks.

    1. Hi Paul, since your wife and children are Canadian they can stay in the UK for up to 6 months without a visa. Since you are a British citizen your family can apply for permanent residence while in the UK staying with you. The visa can be applied for while in the UK. You can check with your local consulate or go to this link for more information https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship

      “The family of a settled person visa allows people from outside of the EEA to join a family member in the UK, who is a British citizen, has indefinite leave to remain in the UK, or is in the UK under asylum or humanitarian protection laws.”

      Hope that helps

  11. Darlene Vukorep

    I am a Canadian citizen, over 65 years of age and will be retired shortly. My daughter is a settled person in the UK and will shortly have UK citizenship. I would like to move to the UK for 2 years to provide childcare and assist my daughter in the care of her baby. Can you please tell me what type of visa I need to apply for. My regular visa only allows me to stay for 6 months.

    1. Hi Darlene, I believe you can apply for what is called a derivative residence card. The law says this:

      You’re eligible for a derivative residence card if you’re living in the UK and you’re one of the following:

      the primary carer of someone who has the right to live in the UK
      the primary carer’s child
      the child of a former worker from the European Economic Area (EEA) and you’re at school, college or university in the UK
      Being a ‘primary carer’ means you’re someone’s main carer, or you share the responsibility with someone else at least equally, and you’re their direct relative or legal guardian.

      I think as you will have a pension from Canada and will be financially independent you should be able to apply for this visa. You can read more and apply here https://www.gov.uk/derivative-right-residence. Or simply call the consulate close to you and have a chat with someone there about this particular visa and what documentation you may need.

      1. Shahid Malik

        I am Canadian citizen over 65 years old. I am living on my pension money with free medical treatment (as a old citizen). I would like to move to the UK to live with my daughter. My question is that will I be able to get free medical and benefits in England. Or will I be able transfer my pension from Canada to the UK. I want to move to the UK because Canadian weather is not suitable for my health. Please feed me back as soon as possible.

        1. Hello, if your daughter is a citizen of the UK she can apply to sponsor you and you can move to the UK to be with family. You can still receive your Canadian pension as the UK has a reciprocal agreement with Canada so you can be sure to still get your Canadian pension with no problem. As for healthcare if you receive your UK residency you should be covered with the NHS for medical benefits.

  12. Hi our Family live in the UK. My husband and 3 kids are British Citizens by birth even though we lived in Jamaica (where I am from) form many years before moving to the UK. I am a permanent resident in the UK. I have an older son who resides in Canada and is a Canadian citizen by birth. He lived with the family in Jamaica but went to Canada to study. How can he move to the UK to live with us. He is over 18 and not married.

    1. You would need to become a naturalised British citizen if you don’t qualify under the CUKC rules (see below quote), you could then pass on your citizenship via descent to your son. Depending on your year of birth you may qualify for British citizenship as “Any person born within the UK and any of the UK Colonies between 01.01.1949 and 31.12.1982 were classified as a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (CUKC) and could hold a passport to that end.” Take a look at this link for naturalisation information and you could also contact them about your son’s citizenship. https://www.gov.uk/apply-citizenship-spouse

  13. Timea Terzic

    Hi
    My Aunty lives in Canada and a Canadian citizen for 25 years(she’s 70), has pension there after the Bosnian war in the 90’s. Her husband died recently and all her family lives in the uk and uk citizens. She would like to join us to be near. What options does she have? Thank you. Timea

    1. There is a possibility that she may be allowed to come to the UK under your sponsorship. This would mean that you would be responsible for her financial support and she would probably have to live with you. She is legally allowed to collect her Canadian pensions in the UK as they do have a reciprocal arrangement with Canada so she could get her pensions. She may need to have a private health care plan but at this point I would not be able to tell you that as the law changes all the time. I would strongly advise that you contact the government or your local MP and find out if they can get you the information you need. There is a lot of information here https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/parents-grandparents-and-other-dependants-set08/parents-grandparents-and-other-dependants-set08 but it isn’t clear and these visas can sometimes be difficult to obtain.

  14. Hi
    My daughter was born in the uk in 1989 ,I and her dad were illegal at the time, but now Iam a UK citizens . Daughter now 30 years old living in Canada unmarried wants to come to to Uk to live with me . How do I start.

    1. I suspect since your daughter was born in the UK her birth cert would state that. Given that I think she would automatically be a UK citizen and she could apply for a UK passport and that’s all she would need to enter the UK and stay there. I would advise checking with the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/immigration/) just to be on the safe side, but as you are now a legal citizen of the UK she may also be able to claim citizenship through you.

  15. Bozhidara Savchova

    Hi, I’m British citizen living in Canada with my wife, who is Canadian. We want to move to UK. What kind of visa she needs and how we can apply?

    1. No requirements except travel insurance, as a Canadian you are allowed to stay in the UK for up to 90 days without a visa of any kind so you are good to go.

  16. I am a 25 year old Canadian Citizen looking to work out of my current company’s (Canadian Company) UK office for 6 months. What kind of Visa would I need? If i chose to stay longer would I be able to?

    1. Hi James, you would need your company basically to sponsor you to work in their UK offices. This is called an intra-company transfer. However, there are a lot of conditions that apply you can read about them here https://www.gov.uk/tier-2-intracompany-transfer-worker-visa. You have to be an employee who has worked for the company for more than 12 months or be a graduate trainee for specialist roles. You need to be a recent graduate with at least 3 months’ experience with your employer overseas. In addition to the rules for the transfer, you will have to pay a Health care fee per year upfront. This fee is 400 sterling a year and if you stay for 5 years you have to pay all of it upfront. If either of your parents was born in the UK you could apply for citizenship based on this as well. Otherwise, you need to be hired by a UK company to work in the UK because of your specialized skills. Hope that helps a little.

    1. If you have parents that were born in the UK you can claim citizenship which means you could move there and work. Or if that’s not possible you can study in the UK and receive a work permit for a long term educational program. You couldn’t get a work visa for a short term program though. And then there is the option of being transferred to the UK if your company has offices there, or being hired by a UK company.

  17. Hi ,
    I’m a Canadian citizen and want to move and work in Britain after getting my Ph.D. next year. I’m 54 year old.
    Thanks in advance,

    1. If you don’t have any immediate relative to qualify for British Citizenship you would have to apply for a Visa. So you would need to have skills that Britain needs or be recruited by a company that is UK based and hiring. You can also check if you might fall into any of the potential visa categories here https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

      Tier 1 Visas are for investors, entrepreneurs and industry leaders. These visas do not require you to have a job offer in the UK but still have some very strict requirements.

      A Tier 2 (General) Visa requires proof that you are a skilled worker who has been offered a job from a recognised workplace for a permanent (longer than six months) contract. The workplace should hold a UK Sponsor Licence.

      A Tier 5 Temporary Visa allows you to work in the UK as a skilled worker for a period of six months or less. The workplace should also hold a UK Sponsor Licence.

      For this reason, your individual situation and skills determine which working visa you require. To decide which visa category best suits your circumstances, contact one of our immigration experts who can assist you with no-obligation advice

  18. HAMSAYINI BALASINGAM

    hello, i’m a Canadian citizenship, I’m between the age of 25 to 30 is it possible for me to move to UK for while and work and what type of visa would i need?

  19. I am a 53 year old Canadian Citizen and a Ph.D. Engineer. There are far more opportunities in the UK than there are in Canada, and I would like very much to move to London permanently. I have a wife and a 16 year old son. My wife is a Nurse and a Canadian citizen.

    How should I proceed?

    1. Hi Karl, your best best is to get hired by a London based company unless of course you or your wife have a British parent from which you can claim citizenship. To get a work permit you need to have received a confirmed offer of employment from a licensed UK employer who will act as your sponsor; and. Be in possession of a Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your sponsoring employer. https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

  20. Hi! I’m 21 years old, and newly married! My husband and I are looking to live in the UK for about 3 months so that I can sing. There are people who I plan to take singing lessons from while I’m there. How should I approach getting there, especially if any of the gigs I get set up with are paid gigs? Do I need a special type of visa? Will this visa cover travel to Ireland for the same thing? There are people I can take lessons from there as well. Thank you!

    1. I would suggest that you and your husband each apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa if you:
      want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
      are aged 18 to 30
      have £1,890 in savings
      have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries Canadians can easily apply

      You have to apply 6 months before you want to go to England and I would check with the Consulate with regard to being a couple and what the financial savings might be in case they are different for the two of you.

  21. Hi!
    I am a Canadian citizen and have recently offered a job in the NHS, England. I applied for Tier 2 Visa. My Certificate of sponsorship mentioned that it will be a single entry visa for 1 year. Does that mean I cannot come back to Canada for a short holiday and return to the Uk during this 1 year period?
    Many Thanks.

  22. Hello,

    Just to be certain, my wife and I are both Canadian with no connection to the UK.
    We both have pensions and would like t retire in England, are we eligible for NHS after 1 year of residency? I would assume we’d have to apply for residency and NHS. Thanks for all the helpful information you provide.

    1. Hello, it is very difficult right now to retire to the UK without any connection. There used to be a Visa you could get as long as you met the income requirements but that has been done away with although they promise to establish a new program soon. I suspect that nothing will be done until after the whole Brexit mess has been sorted.

  23. I recently got my Canadian citizenship. My parents live in UK on settled status. My dad has a Spanish passport. I would like to move to UK to live and work there. Please could anyone guide me how could I do that.

    1. It may be tricky for you to move to the UK and settle there due to Brexit. You might be able to move depending on your age and your work by obtaining a job offer. Check here for more details https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-uks-points-based-immigration-system-information-for-eu-citizens?utm_campaign=PBS-Citizens-P1&utm_medium=PPC&utm_source=Google&utm_content=General_FR_EN_BMM&utm_term=settle-in-uk& As a Canadian citizen and as someone who has ties to the UK that will go in your favour but I would contact the British Embassy near you in Canada to determine what category you could apply under.

  24. Gordon Wiebe

    Hello,
    Thanks for this article and for being good enough to respond to so many inquiries. I hope you won’t mind one more. I am 66 years old and retiring in 2021. I will receive Canada Pension Plan and an income from my private plan. I have no ties to the UK. But I have had a deep desire to live there since I was a child. I am hoping there is a chance for someone like me. Is there, do you think? What would I need to do to fulfill this dream, if it is at all possible?
    Thank you.

    1. It may be tricky for you to move to the UK and settle there due to Brexit. Currently, there is no way for a Canadian to retire to the UK unless they have ties/family there. They are looking at creating a category visa for retirees but usually, the sums of money you have to have available to you are quite high. For example, in Ireland, you must have a pension of 50,000 euros per month and enough to buy a house which would be around 400,000 euros. The UK does look favourable on Canadians due to the countries relationship with each other so if I were you I would contact the British Embassy and check with them to see if the government has implemented a way for retirees to come to the UK.

  25. I’m a British emigrant living in Canada. My daughter has her British passport and wants to attend a music program at a university in Ireland (she specifically likes this program). We’re aware of the right to live/work/study between the UK and Ireland, but I’ve warned her that they’ll charge international student rates because she isn’t a resident of the UK. Her argument is that there she can’t see anything in the rules that specifically says she has to be a resident of the UK.

    Where can I find out if she’s right? I’ve been looking through the legalities of it and I don’t have satisfactory proof. There are music programs in Canada and the UK. If she doesn’t want to stay in Canada, she has more than enough relatives in England who would put her up for free for a few years while she gets residency if it means that much to her. I’ll be honest that I’d prefer she go to school in Canada, near us. Or England, where she could stay with my family to keep an eye on her. She isn’t known to be the adventurous type and this is out of character. I’d be worried about her in Ireland. Is this something she could even do?

    1. Hi Emily, your daughter is right as a British citizen and passport holder she can study anywhere in Ireland and Northern Ireland as a British subject and will be the same as any other student from the UK or Ireland. It is most definitely something she can do. However, I will warn you that depending on which university she wants to attend living costs in Ireland can be stupendously high as in major Canadian city high. Apartments and so on in Dublin cost the earth although I do believe some Uni’s offer student accommodation. My friend’s children all went to school in Dublin and are now getting their Masters degrees in Queens in Belfast. Ireland is very safe and she will make friends really quickly and probably the easiest way for her to do that is to find student accommodation or a shared apartment. As long as she is accepted she can go to university either in Northern Ireland or in the ROI. She may need to arrange for private healthcare insurance which would give you some peace of mind regarding anything that might happen medically, but I truly believe she will have the time of her life attending school here in Ireland,

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