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London Visitors from Abroad
London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom, and is the most populous city in the region with a population of 8.308 million (2013). It’s also the world’s leading financial centre for international business and commerce, which HSBC, Barclays, and Citigroup call home. The four biggest accounting firms call London their home as well. In addition, four out of the top six law firms in the world find their headquarters here. There are also more dollars traded in London than in New York, and more Euros traded here than in any other city in Europe. No doubt, London leads in finance, accounting, foreign exchange and law and that is why more and more people from abroad are choosing to live and work in London.
London has the most diverse amount of languages spoken than any other city in the world. Did you know that there are more than 250 spoken languages in London? Nevertheless, if you plan to work in this remarkable city, it’s worth it to know proper English. Certain American and Australian colloquialisms may be all right in each respective country, but in England, it is more appreciated if you address people more formally.
If you plan to have a long and successful career, it is absolutely crucial that you use proper English in your communications. That includes reading, writing, and speaking clearly.
Below is a list of Language Schools in and around London. Alternatively, you can also use the Internet (GumTree) to locate English Professionals offering private lessons and tutoring.
Finding accommodation in and around London is not problem. Finding affordable accommodation that meets your budget might be a bit more difficult. You can seek out HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupancy) where the rooms are rented to individuals or couples, sharing communal areas to other tenants in the same house or flat.
In London, there are essentially two portals that dominate the property listings. You can start with any or all of them, or choose to contact a Lettings Agency on your own.
Factors to consider include proximity to work, general location, easy access to parks, schools, hospitals, and shopping areas.
There are clear advantages when contacting a letting agency to help secure your accommodation. You will save time and money. They are the professionals who have gone through the relocation process themselves time and time again. They can help guide you through the entire process from start to finish. You can, of course, contact Greens Lettings to help advise you on all of the details whether you are locating alone or with your entire family. You can contact an expert by clicking here.
London offers several modes of transportation to and from the city. 2014 has been designated as the Year of the Bus by the Transport for London because of the many anniversaries that coincide with the year 2014. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic Routemaster, the 75th anniversary of the launch of the RT-Type bus, and the 100th anniversary of the first massed-produced bus-the Battle Bus of WW1 era.
The Underground, Overground, National Rail System, London Taxis, and the Woolwich FreeFerry are other transport options depending on where you live and where exactly you will commute.
If you travel and already commute via bus, tram, or rail, consider purchasing an Oyster Card. This is a plastic smart card that allows you to purchase, auto-top-up, and pay as you go. There are some restrictions and discounts available. You can register online, by filling out a form and submitting it to:
Your local Oyster Ticket Stop
A Tube, London Overground or selected National Rail ticket office
A Travel Information Centre
You can find time schedules and maps, and more detailed information by visiting the ”Transport for London” UK Government link by clicking here.
National Insurance Number
You should call JobCentre Plus to start the application process at: 0345 600 0643 during their normal business hours Monday - Friday, from: 08:00 - 18:00.
All people from age 16, whether you’re English or not, need to have a National Insurance Number. You must have the right to work or study in England to obtain a National Insurance Number.
The JobCentre Plus may call you back to schedule for an interview. If they do, make sure you have the following:
Marriage/Civil Partnership Certificate
You can also find out more by accessing their website here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-national-insurance-number
Work Permit and Visas
Making sure your Passport and Work Visa are current and up-to-date is absolutely critical if you want to avoid problems with Immigration Officials and with your employer. Prepare well in advance with your Supervisor making sure that you have all the necessary paperwork to allow for you to be able to work in London.
It would be wise to ask your employer to start the renewal process of your work visa at least 4 weeks before it is due to expire. Who knows? If London grows on you, and you see a long and bright future with your current employer, you can then begin to think about becoming a naturalised English citizen.
Here is a government link that offers a document that includes the address and contact information of every embassy in London. Schedule a time to meet with your Embassy to discuss your plans to work and obtain more detailed information to get you settled in.
Finding a job
You’ came to London, fell in love with the city, people, culture, and traditions, Now you’re probably thinking, “I’d really like to live here. If I could only find a job.” And, why not? Besides the traditional ways of finding a job, try looking for your next dream job the modern way. Here are some ideas:
It seems like everyone has a Facebook Account, including the recruiters and the companies they represent, Try joining a few Facebook Groups and set up your notifications so that you can start to receive alerts on every new job post.
Just like Facebook, it seems everyone, including recruiters and the companies they work for have a Twitter account. Try entering “london job” or whatever search term you think matches you the best. Here’s a tip. Try searching during meal times when most people are at their office work breaks and are the most active when it comes to posting and reading the latest updates.
Take your job search online, Here are a few links to get you started:
If you’re coming to London to work, Greens Lettings can help with your relocation needs in South East London. We specialise in private lettings and we're experts in HMO. Feel free contact us by clicking on this link.
Greens Lettings is a property management company based in Shooters Hill, London. As your HMO expert in SE18, we continue to serve places in South East London such as SE2 (Abbey Wood), SE3 (Blackheath), SE7 (Charlton), SE9 (Eltham), SE10 (Greenwich South St), SE18 (Woolwich), SE23 (Lewisham) and SE28 (Bexley) — just to name a few. We are your local online letting agent specialising in HMO conversions and full management. We offer free consultation and free property valuation. Contact Greens Lettings here.