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Friday, March 4th, 2011
1:15 pm
Work in Russia
Which education documents should you have to:
Sunday, February 7th, 2010
10:21 am
A New Website for Americans in the UK
(mods, please delete if not allowed)


In love with a Brit? Working for a company offering a transfer to the UK? Studying abroad? BritianniAmerica offers an online community and information for those living in or planning a move to the UK.


Uprooting your life and moving across 'the pond' can be overwhelming, exciting, and confusing. BritiannAmerica offers community, information, and guidance to Americans at any point in their journey to live in the UK - all for FREE. We will NEVER ask you to pay for any of the services we provide or ask you to pay to access additional features.


The online home for Americans living in, working in, studying in, or wanting to move to the UK includes a growing wiki, an active forum, and a great community.


BritanniAmerica is also great for networking and meeting new friends! Imagine moving to a country where you barely know anyone, but having a strong network of friends who are just like you! Friends who will offer advice and support whenever you need it, without that expensive phone call back to the US. From time to time, we'll even be hosting various gatherings to get to know your fellow Americans face to face.

Not from America? No problem! We welcome anyone who is working their way towards a move to the UK, though most of our experience with immigration lies with US to UK moves.

We are still a relatively new site, so we also are looking for people to join our staff - people to moderate different sections of our site and board, people who want to add pages to our site (and who know HTML), people who want to write articles for the Wiki, and even people who just want to write a blog post about their experiences so far.

Come join us!
Friday, July 3rd, 2009
9:09 pm
 Hello, everyone.  =]
Like my LJ says numerous times over:
My name is Loren.  I'm soon starting my senior year in high school, and I'm applying to the American University of Beirut (or WILL be as soon as they get their new applications up...).  It's been my dream to go there since I was thirteen.

My family lived in Beirut for 25 years, before they were forced to leave the country....  My father grew up there, my uncles grew up there, my grandmother still cooks Lebanese food and my grandparents still speak to each other in Arabic sometimes.  Even though I've never lived in Lebanon myself, I love it, as everyone does, and I do want to experience living there for myself.
I've made this journal specifically to chronicle my process of getting to Lebanon, and afterwards, living there, inshalla.  If that interests you at all, please do add me! 

x-posted several places
Sunday, May 11th, 2008
3:32 pm
job placement assistance program for just-graduated students
Hello everyone :)

I lost the link before, but there is a service/company that assists US/British students that have just graduated with finding a job and housing overseas. they also have a resource center and emergency housing for their members. I'm not looking for one of those agencies offering college credit for interning - this one is for graduates looking to move and try work abroad.

do you know this agency? any help is greatly appreciated.
p.s. I am a us citizen graduating soon, currently studying in istanbul but interested in working in london.

thank you for your time.
Thursday, April 24th, 2008
9:31 pm
vehicle storage?

My husband's job is moving us to Switzerland for a year-long assignment starting this summer. We currently live in Texas. We're going to sell one of our vehicles, but the other one we need to put in storage. Of course, we know we can't leave it sitting untouched for an entire year. We're trying to figure out how and where to store our vehicle, and how to make arrangements for someone to get it out of storage and drive it once every other month or so and keep up with any maintenance (oil changes, inspections, etc).

Does anyone have any experience on temporarily storing their vehicle and how they managed it? We could really use any advice.


x-posted on several other groups...
Saturday, December 8th, 2007
6:23 am
Expatriates in the world.

There is a website for expatriates in the world. It basically is about forums, ads, and events for expatriates in the world. The website is http://www.linkexpats.com

In that website, you can find a lot of answers if you ask them in the forum....

hope this helps

Sunday, May 13th, 2007
7:46 am
Anxiety About Visa and Flight(s)
I'm going to be an au pair for a family in Switzerland. The date I plan to depart is May 30th (the end of this month). It's been 3 weeks since I sent my visa application, and I'm still waiting to get it.

I'm in a bit of a stump. You see, when I filled out my visa application, one section asked me of any other places (flight-wise) that I'd be stopping at. I put London-Heathrow (presuming/planning to do that). I've been looking periodically on Expedia for flights. Though I can just afford the flight(s) that stop at Heathrow before getting to Geneva's airport--there is another flight that stops in Copenhagen, Denmark, which costs nearly half of that of the Heathrow one. I want to find out if I would be wrong to take the Copenhagen one (for the sake of having to spend less, just in case) despite having written Heathrow on the application.

I sent e-mails to the valid departments of the General Swiss Consulate today to inquire about that. I wish I had thought to mention that on Friday when I called the Consulate. I called to mention that my host family got my permit from the Swiss authorities (and they said I'd be good to book my flight) but that I have yet to get my visa in the post. The Consulate said I would be safe to book my flight now and that if I don't get my visa by next week to call them. They also asked if I could ask my host family for a PDF (or something of that nature) to have as (I'm presuming) a copy/proof and have them send it to me. I e-mailed my host mother yesterday and am waiting to hear back from her; she will be back from holiday on Monday (but did say she'd have access to her e-mail--I think--through her husband's phone or something).

In short, I have quite a bit of things to consider. I don't want to do the wrong thing/end up getting busted for going with a different flight/stopping point--on the way to my planned destination--than I had written on my application. Should I just go through with booking a flight that stops in London, since I put it down on paper? Or should I consider the other factors/possibilities? I didn't mention the Denmark option to the Consulate, but I did get the "okay" (for booking) from my host family, the Consulate, and one of my closest friends (who has some insight).

Any insight/advice is appreciated.

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, March 8th, 2007
2:11 pm
Desparate to Leave the States

I was planning to attend uni. in Wales, but due to my parents' dishonesty and deciding not to support me financially--in addition to the constant manipulation and verbal/emotional/psychological abuse I get from them--I have to finish my undergraduate studies in the states (which I want to leave for many reasons) and I should have enough money (from my current job) saved by then.

I can't rely on my dad anymore because he's wealthy (which I'm ashamed of due to his greedy attitude that goes with it), miserly, manipulative and dishonest. I can't rely on my mom either because she's weak (to my dad--my parents are divorced by the way), dependent on using him for finances, manipulative, etc. I have no chance (besides persuing education in the states--within the colleges they're okay with) with having any other support from them unless they know everything personal about me, despite that I'm legally an adult.

I'll be talking with my uncle soon, who's always been very nice/empathetic, and am hoping that perhaps he'd let me stay with him, my aunt, and my cousin while I'm still in the states/attending college.

I'm going to consult with the local British Council in my area to obtain honest/unbiased information on what I can do, what I am/am not doing correctly, and other advice. I know many people in the UK--particularly the country Wales. My ex and his family are a "surrogate family" to me and have helped me through so much, when I stayed with them last summer as well as when my tourist visa expired/when I had to fly back to the states.

The only possible way (that would work for me) that I know of, for me to live in the UK, would be to get a job and live there through a work visa. Sponsorship may also be necessary. I'd be willing to do almost any job in the UK as at least "a foot in the door", so to speak.

If I could have any help/advice as to how to get a work visa and live in the UK, as well as jobs that are often needed and given to people from the states, I would really appreciate it.

I want to leave the states for many reasons.

Current Mood: numb
Friday, February 23rd, 2007
6:50 am
Is it earier or harder to get visas as a family unit?
My fiancee is Australian and I am planning to move there after I complete my degree, possibly as a student at first. My parents apparently have been discussing the eventual departure and asked me today how I felt about them going too.

We are all adults in good health, my parents are in their early 60's. They have a comfortable retirement income from my dad's two pensions; their house is paid off and worth a signifigant sum. Would it be beneficial for us to pool our resources and skill sets to better our chances of a (relatively) speedy visa? They want to wait until my grandmothers pass on (in their late 80s but still quite healthy) but they are serious. We were a military family, my parents will handle moving to another country at their age well - and they do plan to make visits before deciding on what area they would like to relocate to.

Does anyone have any knowledge or experience similar to this?

(X-posted to immigration, get_meoutofhere and wantingaus.

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
9:48 am
Slashdot: "If Not America, Then Where?"
There's an discussion that's relevant to this community happening right now on Slashdot: "If Not America, Then Where?" It's in response to the oft-heard vow to leave the U.S. after such political events as elections.
Tuesday, September 5th, 2006
6:23 pm

My fiance and I are Americans, but we're seriously looking into changing citizenship after we graduate.

Our careers are specialized in the following areas. English Lit, Spanish Language, Law, Anthropology.

We're considering Europe or Australia.

If anyone can suggest which they think is better, or what would be best compatible with our areas of study, we'd be very much obliged!

I know it's a rather general question, but we don't know how easy is it to get jobs as professors or in the legal fields in foreign countries.
Monday, May 29th, 2006
2:07 pm
Apologies for the vagueness.
Hi there. I'm a British citizen with the intention of moving to Finland, when enough money is suffice for the move. I have a question that's quite vague, but I'd truly love an actual answer rather than British Embassy babble giving me contradictory stories.

Being an EU citizen, I can travel and work freely within Europe for three-six months. I can also freely apply for a residency permit in Finland, provided I have the credentials and I was under the impression I would get that permit under my British passport and live there as an 'alien'. But, when does dual-citizenship come into play? Is that for non-EU citizens, or would I eventually have to pick/choose? I don't understand the difference. Doesn't permanent mean just that, permanent?
Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
9:44 am
Post deleted, member removed
I've removed a post from mattachu and removed him from membership in this group for spamming this group with a rant that violates one of our rules, "criticism of a specific country is forbidden, except as relates to migration."

I regret the irritation his post may have caused.
Thursday, April 6th, 2006
6:16 am
does anyone know of the best cell phone provider for calling from the states to europe (on a regular basis?)
Saturday, February 18th, 2006
10:29 pm
Hey all!
Renée here...21 year old journalist from the capital of Canada, Ottawa. I will be moving to New Zealand next spring to work (hopefully) at a newspaper or tv station. I have decided to move there for a while because I really need a change...ultimately I want to live in Canada (it's a fantastic country and I am very patriotic), however I am young and feel like I need to do something crazy and different with my life before I really settle down.

Thought I'd say hi. If anyone here is from/has been to NZ and would like to chat or tell me their experience let me know!
Wednesday, January 4th, 2006
12:01 pm
wanna be expat?
Hi! I am new to this community. But i look forward to some interesting posts:)
I have a question for the group. I am fascinated by the expat lifestyle, i think. I was wondering about careers though. In what fields are some of you looking at outside of the US (for example)? Do you have any input concerning the US Foreign Service? I know these are broad questions, but I am just looking for some general advice.

Thanks for any input/thoughts!

Current Mood: accomplished
Thursday, October 6th, 2005
9:28 pm
anyone know of an english teaching program compareable to JET but in other countries?
Monday, September 19th, 2005
7:26 pm
Im looking into moving abroad (I have a degree in design/photography) I would like to ideally work before starting graduate school in a few years.

Im trying to find a job which offers frequent travel or options to travel along with it (something maybe like JET)

does anyone have any suggestions? I havent had much luck finding this sort of thing..

Saturday, August 27th, 2005
2:52 am
airline security
i am about to move from boston to pune, india. when i was packing i discovered that i have 2 lighters, 2 jacknives, and an ax. none of these are allowed on swiss air, the airline i am using for the move. the states will let me leave with my 2 knives and axe, but only if they are in checked (like i really wouldn't do that anyway...) the lighters just can't go. i am unaware of what the rules are for entering india with these items. i would be deeply sad if i had these confiscated, but i would really like to have them in india. the axe has a lot of emotional value, and the knives are pretty important. the lighters have really no value and it would suck no having them, but it's not such a big deal. so... anyone have any suggestions? just try to get away with it? but what if i don't? i feel like i should be able to check the knives + ax. also, if there anything else i should be aware of for security? any good tips?


ps- i was also reading that any computers bought within the last year you have to pay 25% of them in taxes. my computer is over a year, as is my ipod. but my u.s. and india mobile are not, and my ipod speaker isn't either. my father hjas recently gotten a ibook, ipod, and speakers, and my sister's emac and ipod mini are under a year old. and my mom, dad, and sister all have india mobiles that are under a year. wow we have a lot of technology. but as you can see it would suck having to pay that much in taxes- any adivce on this too?

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