UK Yankee | Expat Americans in the UK
 

 

Living in the UK as an expat can be challenging, despite the common language. Set realistic expectations by learning the basics in our Living in UK guide.

 

 

Learn what you need to do to move to the UK, for work, join family or study. Start with our Moving to the UK guide and get all the facts before you plan.

 

 

Being an expat can sometimes get lonely or it can be helpful to chat with other expats who understand. Join the discussions in our friendly expat community forum.

Low-cost International Calling - Using Skype for Long Distance

There are many low-cost ways to keep in touch with the USA, Skype is just one. Skype is a popular messenger/VOIP service that has been in operation since 2003, that was recently purchased by Microsoft and has absorbed the Microsoft Live Messenger accounts. The Skype application allows people to communicate for free by text chat, voice and video calls between Skype accounts, and also offers a service for making or receiving landline calls with a subscription.

Last UK-USA Christmas Posting Dates (2016)

If you're sending packages and cards overseas, you've got to be on the ball and send everything early to ensure you'll beat the last minute Christmas rush.

Latest FAQs

Is a child born in Britain to American parents automatically a British Citizen?

Of course, the answer to that isn't straightforward, it depends on residence. Presuming that child was born in the UK after 1983, they are a citizen if:
  • One parent is a British citizen, or,
  • One parent has become a British citizen or settled in the UK since the birth and the child is under 18 when applying, or,
  • The child was born in the UK and lived in the UK until they are 10 or older
For more details and applications see Gov.uk, Register as a British...

How can I stay and become a permanent resident as an overseas student in the UK?

If you are in the UK on a Tier 4 student visa, then you currently have no way to stay permanently in the UK because you cannot count time on a student visa towards permanent residency. If you wish to be able to stay after your degree, you will need to find a company to sponsor you for a Tier 2 work visa. If you have a degree from a UK university and are still in the UK on a valid Tier 4 visa it is easier to qualify for a Tier 2 than if you are not in the UK and don't have a UK degree. If you...
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UK Yankee is a resource and community for expatriate Americans living in or planning to move to the UK, established in 1999. Please join the discussions in our friendly expat community.

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