Q: How did you get someone to sponsor you to move to the UK?
A: I moved here on a Tier 1 General Visa, which does not require a sponsor. It is no longer offered to those living outside the UK.
Q: What do you do?
A: When I first moved to London I worked in software quality assurance at a FTSE 250 company in The City. After about a year I left that position and founded my own company where I work on technical writing, translating, and editing projects.
Q: Can you help me find a job in London?
A: I’m sorry, but I am unable to help people find jobs.
Q: I heard getting a Tier 2 Visa (i.e. work sponsorship) is impossible. Is that true?
A: It’s definitely possible, but you need to work in a field that is in high demand and be proactive about searching for an opening.
Q: How did you move to London (from a logistics standpoint)? Did you use a moving company?
A: I sold almost all of my possessions before moving to London, and stored what little I wanted to keep at my brother’s place. I came to the UK with two or three suitcases and moved into a furnished flat.
Q: Did you save any money before moving?
A: I won’t go into specific details, but I saved as much as possible before moving to London.
Q: How did you deal with leaving your friends and family back home?
A: I liken it to ripping off a band-aide. Once you get the courage to do it, it hurts a lot for a moment, but you start to feel better again very shortly. Skype, relatively affordable airline tickets, and email make it pretty easy to keep in touch with friends and family.
Living in London
Q: I’ve heard people in London are mean/racist/unfriendly. Is that true?
A: I’ve found people here to be kind and friendly for the most part, but just like anywhere else there are a few bad apples in the bunch.
Q: What is the best neighborhood in London to live in?
A: That kind of depends on personal taste and budget. West and North London are both very popular, but I live in East London and love it. Check out my neighborhood guides to learn more about the different parts of the city.
Q: Is London expensive?
A: YES. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but salaries for professional roles tend to be set appropriately for the cost of living here.