UK Immigration: How much does it cost to relocate to England?

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So you are thinking of coming to England and UK Immigration? Well if Brexit didn’t scare you off, here is a guide and a detailed list of expenses of my experience coming here. By the way, from the looks of it, as far as EU citizens are concerned there is nothing to worry about after Brexit as things will pretty much carry on as usual.

It’s now my second time moving to another country. My first experience was relocating to Marseille France. That time I had a lot of support from my employer with aspects and costs of relocation. In comparison now in England, I basically made it all on my own. Here is a chronological list of the expenses needed for immigration to England, UK. All costs are calculated for two persons as I emigrated with my girlfriend:

Airplane Tickets: in my case: Bucharest – Manchester 286 EUR / 255 GBP (Great Britain Pounds) through Brussels Airlines, the price included 2 large hold luggage and one connection in Brussels. Although we had the intention to take WizzAir’s low-cost company, we Continue reading “UK Immigration: How much does it cost to relocate to England?”

Emigrare in Anglia: Cat te costa sa te muti din Romania in Anglia

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Te gandesti la emigrare in Anglia? Te-ai saturat de Romania, mai ai sperante si rezisti? Felicitari daca da! Sa-mi zici cand te dai batut si recunosti ca e greu, si ca locuiesti intr-un stat putred de corupt si nu se merita sa iti bati capul. Asta bineinteles daca nu esti unul dintre cei implicati in politica si are contracte cu statul avand o stare materiala foarte buna. Sau poate pur si simplu esti unul dintre cei care desi au fost pe afara, tot la tine acasa cu WC-ul in fundul curtii, ti se pare paradis. Sau poate esti unul dintre putinii care lucreaza la multi-nationala IT / Marinarie si castigi cam ca afara , si in general nu prea te deranjeaza mizeria din jurul tau atata timp cat tu esti in bula ta de civilizatie si comfort de acasa. Faptul ca spitalele sunt pline de gandaci, la scoala risti sa cada tavanul pe copilul tau, nu ai nici un parc sau spatiu verde pe o raza de cativa kilometri,nu ai trotuar pe care sa mergi, nu ai autostrazi, drumurile sunt pline de gropi , toate astea sunt detalii pe care nu te intereseaza atata timp cat tu ai ce pune pe masa si iti merge bine.

E pentru a doua oara cand ma mut in alta tara. Daca prima oara in Franta, am avut foarte mult suport de la companie, acum in Anglia am luat-o total de la zero numai pe banii mei. Iata o lista cronologica cu cheltuielile mari necesare pentru emigrare in Anglia, Continue reading “Emigrare in Anglia: Cat te costa sa te muti din Romania in Anglia”

FIRST 30 DAYS AS EXPAT IN ENGLAND UK

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A month ago we were packing again our luggage to move to another country. After the very useful experience in France, we were now ready to move to England, UK. After living for a year in France, we left with mixed impressions. I knew we had to move somewhere where we speak the language and where we can really integrate into society, and I believe we could not truly achieve this there.

When the expiry date of my fixed-term contract in France was approaching, I started looking for work options in England. After some promising interviews, I still had nothing safe and signed in my hand, but I did had an invitation to come for a follow up face-to-face interview that seemed 80% sure. I took a risk and quickly bought a one way only plane ticket and I came with all my luggage. I was aware that if I came only for a few days visit just for the interview and somehow it failed, I would return to Romania with the tail between my legs and depressed and it would be very difficult for to ever come back. Fortunately, the interview here went very well.

I do not recommend to anyone to come here without having secured a job in advance, but be aware that once you get here and settle down, you are more likely to find work. Most Continue reading “FIRST 30 DAYS AS EXPAT IN ENGLAND UK”

PRIMELE 30 DE ZILE IN HULL, ANGLIA UK CA EXPAT / FIRST 30 DAYS AS EXPAT IN ENGLAND UK

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Acum o luna ne faceam iar bagajele pentru a ne muta in alta tara. Dupa experienta foarte folositoare din Franta, eram acum pregatiti pentru a ne muta in Anglia, UK. Dupa un an de locuit in Franta, am ramas cu impresii mixte. Stiam ca trebuie sa ne mutam undeva unde vorbim limba si unde ne putem integra cu adevarat in societate, si asta cred ca nu o puteam face acolo.

La apropierea termenului de expirare a contractului cu durata fixa de munca din Franta, am inceput sa imi caut variante de munca in Anglia. Dupa cateva interviuri promitatoare nu aveam inca nimic sigur in mana dar aveam o invitatie sa vin pentru un al treilea interviu fata in fata, cu aceasi firma ce parea 80% sigur. Mi-am asumat un risc si am cumparat repede bilet de avion doar dus si am venit cu toate bagajele la mine. Eram constient ca daca vin doar cateva zile in vizita la interviu si cumva pica, m-as intoarce in Romania cu coada intre picioare deprimat si mi-ar fi foarte greu sa ma intorc. Din fericire interviul aici a decurs foarte bine.

Nu recomand nimanui sa vina aici fara sa aibe un loc de munca asigurat, dar fiti foarte constienti ca odata ajunsi si stabiliti aici aveti mult mai multe sanse sa gasiti de munca. Majoritatea angajatorilor vor sa discute cu candidatii fata in fata si vor pe cineva care e deja in tara, neluand in considerare candidatii din alte tari. Inca un lucru important e faptul ca iti iei inima in dinti si faci acel pas inainte cu curaj. Daca stai in comoditatea din tara unde e patutul cald, si e bine aproape de mami, tati si surioara care sa te ajute, pai probabil nu vei pleca niciodata. Din pacate in Romania nu iti vei pune niciodata in valoare potentialul tau. Primul sau primii ani in Anglia vor fi grei, asta nu voi nega. Fiti pregatiti sa acceptati joburi si salarii care nu suna prea bine la inceput, dar odata ce

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The London Week

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Probably the last of the great capitals that I have not been able to visit until now. It was in my plan to visit for a long time and I even had the plane ticket to London bought in the past but due to unfavorable circumstances I could not go. We left from Marseille, where we are now, and with Ryanair, we paid for 2 people return tickets just 97 EUR! Long Live Ryanair! The plane drops you at Stansted Airport which has a direct train connection to London. The train journey takes about 40 minutes and cost us 30 pounds (2 people). We arrived in London at Liverpool Street Station, one of the many giant train stations of this 10 million-strong metropolis. Getting out of the train and crossing the central corridor of the train station at rush hour, the atmosphere is simply overwhelming. Thousands of commuters traverse in a hurry between the subway and the numerous platforms that serve the suburban trains. But fortunately, the many signs, screens and information points make your life easy. We found our way to the subway entrance, we only had to find the platform of our line, which is not easy considering the fact that there are 4 subway lines serving this station.

The use the public transport, you will need an Oyster card, which is a universal card that is valid on the subway, train and bus, and prices for it may be shocking. The city is divided into 9 zones, and rates vary according to the number of zones you will cross. Avoid as much as you can buying one-time use tickets, they are the most expensive with rates starting from 5 pounds per trip. Better buy daily or weekly passes. To reach our hotel located in zone 4, we bought 2 weekly passes with unlimited trips valid in areas 1 to 4 for which we paid “only” 108 pounds (54 pounds per person). Fortunately, this is the only big expense you will encounter,  during the rest of the holiday I had the pleasant surprise to discover that everything is cheaper here than in the South of France.

To reach our hotel near the Wembley Stadium, we used the Metropolitan Line, which is one of the newest line. It has large spacious trains lines and runs in express mode with few stations along Continue reading “The London Week”

O saptamana in Londra / The London Week

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Probabil ultima dintre capitalele grozave  care nu am apucat sa o vizitez pana acum. Era in plan de mult timp si chiar am avut biletul de avion catre Londra cumparat in trecut dar datorita unor circumstante nefavorabile nu am putut merge. Am plecat din Marseille unde stam acum , si cu Ryanair am platit 2 persoane dus intors doar 97 EUR! Traiasca Ryanair-ul! Avionul te lasa la aeroportul Stansted care are  tren direct catre Londra. Calatoria cu trenul dureaza cam 40 de minute si ne-a costat 30 de lire (2 persoane). Am ajuns in Londra la gara Liverpool street station , una din multele gari uriase ale acestei metropole de 10 milioane de locuitori. Iesiti din tren si traversat catre coridorul central al garii in plina ora de varf , atmosfera e pur si simplu coplesitoare. Mii de navetisti traverseaza in graba intre metrou si numeroasele peroane de trenuri suburbane. Dar din fericire numeroasele indicatoare, ecrane si puncte de informare iti fac viata usoara. Ne-am gasit drumul catre intrarea in metrou, mai trebuia doar sa gasim peronul liniei noastre , lucru deloc usor tinand cont ca sunt 4 magistrale care trec prin aceasta statie.

Pentru transportul public va trebuie obligatoriu un “Oyster card” , care este un card universal valabil pe metrou , tren si autobuz si preturile s-ar putea sa va socheze. Orasul este impartit in 9 zone , si tarifele variaza in functie de cate zone traversati. Evitati pe cat mai mult sa va luati bilete de unica folosinta , sunt cele mai scumpe cu tarife incepand de la 5 lire calatoria si cumparati mai bine Pass-uri zilnice sau saptamanale. Noi ca sa ajungem la hotelul nostru situat in zona 4 am luat 2 Pass-uri saptamanale cu calatorii nelimitate valabile in zonele 1-4 pentru care am platit “doar” 108 Continue reading “O saptamana in Londra / The London Week”