Do you dream of becoming a part of the London metropolis for at least a moment? England has been attracting foreigners for years, who want to see the famous London Bridge with their own eyes or admire the panorama of the city from the top of the London Eye. Others are also tempted by the prospect of visiting Manchester United Stadium or the opportunity to admire the buildings of Oxford University, one of the renowned educational institutions known all over the world.
Documents required for a trip to England
If you plan to stay in England for only a few days or a few weeks, you will probably have the necessary documents with you and you will actively use them. You can stay in England without a permit if you stay in England for up to 90 days.
A valid ID card is the basic document you will need when travelling to England. It is worth checking before you leave whether it expires in a few weeks. You will use your ID card at the airport as well as in some places in England (for example, a routine check by a police patrol). So you should make sure that your identity document is in good technical condition and allows for free verification of your identity.
If you do not currently have an ID card, you can use your passport to travel. It is important that the document is in good technical condition and allows you to verify your identity without any problems. The passport should be valid for at least 3 months – this is the minimum safe option to move freely around the country during a short stay. Both the passport and ID card photo should be up to date. The photographs in both documents should be biometric.
Long-term trip to England
Moving to England to study or work means you need to prepare a little more documents than you would need to prepare for a trip for tourism purposes. It’s a good idea to start preparing long before your trip to England to avoid last-minute deals.
You should complete the documents necessary to start work or study. You will need information about your personal data (in the form of a birth or marriage certificate), documented educational pathway (all school and university certificates), certificates confirming your qualifications, confirmation of your seniority (certificates of employment, confirmation of your internship) and a certificate of no criminal record. The above documents should be translated by a sworn translator. It is wise to make a copy of all these documents in both paper and electronic form (they may be stored on a pendrive or other data carrier).
Residence permit/work permit in England
Whether your long-term stay in England is for study or work, you do not need to apply for a residence permit. If you have taken up employment in England, you are covered by the Workers Registration Scheme, which allows you to work legally in England. You must register in the first month of employment with the Home Office. Many people skip this step, which can be very beneficial if you plan to stay in England for longer. Once you have worked 12 months on the WRS you can apply for a Registration Certificate, which after 5 years gives you full right to reside in England.