For years, I’ve dreamed of returning to the U.K., particularly London, where I spent my final semester of undergrad. But with the pound still kicking the dollar’s butt, despite recent dollar rallies; the difficulty getting a visa; and the Byzantine rules behind the pet immigration scheme, I don’t know how I’d manage it.
Luckily, I’m considered worthy enough to obtain a Tier 1 visa, which means I don’t have to wait for some company to sponsor me; I can just apply and flit over on my own (and on my own dime, er, pence). So I’ve begun to put out feelers.
Why the U.K.? I like it, dammit. Sure, it doesn’t have the quality of life rating that France does, but I can speak the language far better. I love London, the British sense of humor, and curry. I can flit off to Mallorca or Croatia or Oslo for a weekend, for the same price as going to San Fran from LA.
If I could find a job that didn’t require me to speak another language, I’d gladly take off for various other realms, such as France, Spain, or Italy. But a fluent polyglot I’m not, despite my best attempts. So I’m going to aim to get abroad — even if only for a few months — by 2010, hopefully sooner. That’s my goal.
Care to join me? Here’s a link that will help you determine you’re eligibility for the U.K.’s Tier 1 work visa: