If you are considering moving to London then you’ll want to do as much research about the city before you sign the lease on your new London apartment. Research is all well and good, but it can only tell you so much about what it is like to ‘live’ in a new city. London is a city of contrasts. From the fascinating history to the bustle of the business world. From quaint village life in the suburbs to the trendy and vibrant cosmopolitan areas of the city. London is also a city of travelers, so it has a large expat population. All these factors go into the cultural melting pot that makes living in London such a fantastic experience.

Working in London

If you are traveling to London with your spouse or partner, then they will probably have a visa sponsored for them through their employer. If you want to work when you get to London, you’ll have to apply for a visa based on your spouse’s visa. They do allow a dependent visa, which will mean that you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom. You might have to get your visa renewed while you are there but it does not take long to process.

It might take a while to find a job here. Competition is extremely fierce and in most cases companies will hire people who are English before they look at people from other countries. You will need to keep sending out your CV (Resume) and registering with employment agencies. This is one of the biggest cities in the world and you will be able to find employment if you are determined. You could try taking a lesser paying job or one that is slightly below your skill or experience level. It will mean that you gain some experience of working here and you’ll soon be able to negotiate an increase or promotion. If you are trying to look for work, having contactable references from your previous employer will be a huge help.

Once you have found work, you’ll find that it is so much easier to get things done. Proof of employment is needed to open a bank account, mobile phone account and other types of ongoing credit accounts, although you might be able to use your spouse’s proof of employment until you find work. Getting a job, even a part time one, will give you something to do during the day, it will encourage you to get out and meet people, and it will give you a better sense of what it is like to be a part of the hustle and bustle of living here. The sooner you immerse yourself, the sooner you’ll feel at home. Moving here can be challenging, but it can also be one of the most exciting times of your life.