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17 Feb 2009 - 07:00
contributed by Michael Harling (website) A while ago, I wrote an article highlighting the differences in the UK, so I thought it only fair to give the US equal time. I must confess that most of my writings favor the UK. Having arrived in a shiny, new country, it’s easy to spot all the things that are better than what you left behind and, as the UK was sort of like a foster child, it was prudent to behave as if I loved it best. But now that our relationship has been firmly established, I can safely point out that, in addition to being seen by many as a big, mean ogre run by war-mongering lunatics, the US has many fine qualities.  
17 Feb 2009 - 07:00
contributed by Michael Harling (website) Considering the number of times people ask me, "What do you find different about living in England?" you'd think I might have formulated some sort of intelligent answer by now, a mini-comedy routine, perhaps, that I could launch into anytime the question arose. But in fact, I am always taken by surprise, and left fumbling for an answer that isn't screamingly obvious, such as driving on the wrong side of the road, better weather or listening to Fiona Bruce read the evening news instead of Brian Williams.  
10 Jan 2009 - 07:00
(Note: This advisory is for UK residents only, if you are just travelling in the UK, and will not be here for 15 business days, or approximately a month, you will more than likely need to apply for
4 Aug 2008 - 12:11
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17 Feb 2008 - 07:04
IMPORTANT UPDATE ON MANDATORY BAN FOR OVERSTAYERS IN THE UKThe following is an UPDATE to UK-Yankee's original Advisory regarding overstayers and the new policies coming into effect. Please pay special attention to the new dates included in this update.It has recently been announced that the mandatory ban on overstayers wishing to apply for re-entry to the UK has been postponed. It will now come into effect on 1 October 2008, but the applicant MUST have left the UK prior to 1 October. 
30 Nov 2007 - 07:00
Starting on 3 December 2007, all applicants for UK visas in the US will have to submit biometrics as part of the visa application process. The biometric data collected will consist of fingerprints (scanned electronically) and a digital photograph. This is a requirement for a UK visa and without biometrics the application will not be accepted. There is no extra fee for biometric collection.  
24 Sep 2007 - 12:28
Online or long distance relationships are becoming ever more common but there are hurdles to the happily ever after life in the UK. While everyone would like to be able to just fly over and set up house with their special other, there are certain routes you must follow. This advisory hopes to make clear the main options for Americans to live legally in the UK with their loved one.
31 Jul 2007 - 12:37
Which line should be used if a person has entry clearance or a leave to remain stamp (aka a visa or a residence permit)?

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UK billions aren't always the same as US billions. When billions are used in the UK, they often mean what the Americans would call trillions. It's important to get clarification on which billion they're actually using in figures because they still use both!