Working holiday visa uk for us citizens
Here is a little guide as to how to get started as an American looking to live and work in the uk on working holiday UK visa for us citizens. Find out more in depth info and resources on our Working Holiday UK Visa post. Hope it proves helpful and have fun.
Country: The United Kingdom, which is made up of England Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Currency: The Pound Sterling (£GBP)
Working Holiday UK Visa Information
• Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme
• Applicants must:
o Be under 30 years old;
•Have never used this visa before
o Have at least £1,890 in savings at the time of applying; o Havetwofreepagesintheirpassport;
• FAQs about the youth mobility scheme in the UK: http://www.workgateways.com/working- visa-faqs
• Guide to applying for the visa: https://medium.com/@TIER5/getting-a-tier-5-youth-mobility- visa-as-a-new-zealander-393a214be214
•Only certain countries qualify
An American in London
I grew up in Rhode Island, which is the definition of living in a bubble. Everyone knows everyone else, and if they do not know you directly they definitely know your uncle or cousin. I was extremely lucky to live in a family that loved to travel and we surrounded ourselves with other worldly people. My mother has always been a huge inspiration to explore. She lived in England for a year and worked for international companies after that, travelling to her hearts content. I inherited her wanderlust and knew from a young age that I wanted to travel extensively and especially live in England like she did. I have always had an interest in other cultures and an ear for language that lead me to pursue studying. Spanish, Italian, French and Swahili. My mother took us on trips to England with two days notice, the Caribbean, France and Ireland. My last year of high school my mother allowed me to spend three weeks travelling through Australia with my cousin. After my freshman year of college I took off with a friend on my first big adventure in Europe, stopping in Reykjavik, Stockholm, Berlin, Copenhagen, Warsaw, Krakow, Monaco, Florence, and Milan. I was hooked and never looked back.
The first time I went to England to visit my mother’s friends I was around 12 and floored by the country, especially London. I fell in Love for the first time with a city that felt more like home to me than anywhere I had ever been. Since that time I have been on an eternal quest to return over and over. I persuaded my family to take trips there through my teens and when I was 21 I took off for the first time out of the United States on my own to start a life in London. I knew no one in London, and though I had been before it was as a tourist. Being a tourist is an extraordinarily different experience than living somewhere as a resident, and as hard as I had tried before to “feel like a local” wherever I went, I realized in London that I had never really accomplished that. It is impossible to do on vacation. London changed me. I went through many ups and downs, wondering if I made the right choice, missing my friends and family and hating my housing situation. I thought I was ready to return to America after making it through the time I had planned to stay in London, but I was wrong. It took a little while, but after a few months realized that I really was in love with London, I can’t wait to go back, and I miss it every day. It really is home.
‘I forget who said it, but there is a saying that goes something like – if you are bored with London, you are bored with life – and it could not be truer. People who live there for there entire lives would be hard pressed to see all there is to see there. London is packed and gritty, while at the same time quaint and classy. A mixture of unbelievable parks and green space with a suburban if not rural feel mashed next to Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Most of all, life in London can be greatly summed up by the tube. The tube system is nothing short of impressive, moving millions of people around the city every day. Londoners treat this system with respect that I can’t imagine finding in America. Britons love to queue and the underground system only runs as efficiently as it does by the unwritten rules that everyone follows. Stand on the right and walk on the left of an escalator, stand to the sides of the doors when waiting for passengers to walk off the train then walk in from the sides, Do not push, do not let go of your things, and make sure you walk on the correct side of all pathways (Stay Left). If you are in London long enough, you will here tube delay announcements over a loudspeaker in the stations. “The Northern Line is delayed from Camden Town to Charing Cross due to a person under a train”. Shockingly said in the same monotone as the rest of the announcements, no shock or urgency in the voice, no passengers look up from the floor in front of them as they power through the station to get to their next train. Life happens in London, you learn it quickly and are better for it so you can go about your day getting your work done so you can play.
The weather is rainy as everyone says, but worse in the winter. There are many fantastic days to be had and London has the best of everything to offer on both the sunny and rainy days. Outstanding museums, which are often free, and theatre like nowhere in the world. Despite what you may have heard the food is amazing due to the abundance of cultures from around the world. On nice days there are parks and bikes to be rented, take a walk and don’t worry about getting lost a tube station will always be near to take you home. Climb Primrose hill and look at a great view of the whole of London, sit on the bank of the Thames and get a taco and a margarita at Wahaca or hit up one of the many street markets like Borough Market for fantastic food, Camden market for more fantastic food and goods, or get of at Aldgate East and head into Jack the Ripper’s old stomping ground while you hit up Spitalfields Market.’,’I flew out of Boston Logan Airport at around 10:30 at night and landed at London Heathrow at around 6 am local time. This time I took a taxi because I had a lot of luggage, but it costs around 50£ or more. It is easy to take the Piccadilly Line from Heathrow right into the city and will only cost around 5£. Even if you can’t get right to your hotel or apartment easily from the tube stop you get off at taking a taxi from there will be much more budget friendly. It takes about 45 minutes to get into London on the tube, although it could be shorter to take a taxi its is a risk because there could be bad traffic.’,’I found a place near the Farringdon tube station in the City of London when I first arrived. I was lucky to get into the apartment because it was huge for someone on my budget (low) and a rare opportunity. It was called Kamen House. I lived in a three-bedroom apartment with 7 girls. My room was so small that our beds were just about touching and our dressers were relocated out to the kitchen with made dressing a hassle. The area is full of businesses and some cool pubs but was more dead at night and on the weekends than I was looking for. The area is full of history but I decided to move because it wasn’t what I wanted and it was so cramped. I moved to Camden after a month and it was much better for me. The flat I had was GORGEOUS! It had a balcony, and a nice large modern living room and kitchen. It was right across the street from Sainsbury’s grocery store and around two short blocks to the Camden Town tube station. Camden is bustling every day and night and has all the amenities you need right near by. It is an eclectic mix of musicians, artists, and young professional with the primrose hill area right next to it which houses a slew of celebs like Daniel Craig, Gwen Stefani and Gwyneth Paltrow. I commuted to Gloucester Road in Kensington four days a week and while the commute took 30-45 minutes on the tube, which is not uncommon, it was worth every second I love Camden and its eclectic mix of people and places to see.’,’I was not immediately concerned with work but decided to take some classes to see if I could learn something. I took a class about the BBC, advertising and marketing, British film, and something about media laws. There is a lot to learn that is different from the way things go in the U.S. and I found it very valuable. I wound up working in Kensington at a charity that operated globally. It was good experience but I eventually quit, realizing that I could not stay in London forever a that point and that I wanted to make the most of my free time in order to explore London and all of its different neighborhoods. I took every Thursday to pick a new neighborhood and try something new there.
I had to get a work visa, which cost around $500 to be allowed to work in London. It is very strict and expensive, and you are only allowed to have it for a certain amount of time (or at least I was). There is definitely work to be had under the table at a pub or nannying but it can be tough to find.’,’London is generally extremely safe. There are no shootings or stabbings of strangers on the street. The biggest things to watch out for are 1) crossing the road, the traffic can be fierce and a lot of people get hit by cars. I would not recommend riding a bicycle on the roads unless you have experience doing it in London, but still maybe don’t. Look both ways and pay attention to walk signals. 2) Keep an eye on your drink, women especially should never ever put their drink down or even hold it where they aren’t looking at it. People travel from London from all over the world and some of them in bars and clubs can be really sketchy. Stay with your friends. 3) Only get into the traditional London cabs. You will notice them by their odd shape. It is really difficult and expensive to get a taxi license in London, which insures that these drivers are not going to take advantage of you or act unsafely or inappropriately. People will tell you that they are taxi’s and that they will give you a ride, do not trust them. 4) Lastly keep an eye on your things. If one strangers starts to talk to you hold your pockets or bag because someone else might be reaching into it while you are distracted. Never put your phone down on a table, and never give out your passport or information even if someone flashes you a badge. They are likely not the real Police. If this happens the real police will be happy to help you, you will not get in trouble by refusing a plain clothes “officer”. Most importantly, have fun. London is as good as it gets.’,’
In my experience, it is more important to love where you live than to be right next door to work or school. If you are lucky those two things will overlap but do not worry if it doesn’t within reason. Most people in London have an average 30-40 minute commute which sounds bad but really isn’t They give out free newspapers and magazines at tube stations and it can be an enjoyable part of the day. Know that living spaces are much smaller in London. It is one of the most expensive places in the world. Find some great roommates who you do not mind being close with and look for that perfect spot that has access to what you value.