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    I was thinking about moving my family (me, my husband, two kids(4&1), and a dog or two) over to scotland for me to go to college. I am 24 never been there or to college and I know that the schools are a lot better then the ones near where we live right now. It would also make us happy to live in the country our familys came from. My questions are what are their rules about moving dogs over are they like for Ireland? I am looking at getting a student visa and know it can be hard to find a job so what is the cost of living? What can we expect from the weather? my husband can not work here as he is a dissabled vet what will there be for him and our youngest to do during the day in Gallway is the city wheelchair accessable? As for the size of the city what city here in the US is similar? What is public transet like? Should we try and get a car? What are the gun laws we have a 9mm my husband got for home security when we lived in one of the poorer places of San Antonio Tx?

  • #2
    Originally posted by jessie0711 View Post
    I was thinking about moving my family (me, my husband, two kids(4&1), and a dog or two) over to scotland for me to go to college. I am 24 never been there or to college and I know that the schools are a lot better then the ones near where we live right now. It would also make us happy to live in the country our familys came from. My questions are what are their rules about moving dogs over are they like for Ireland? I am looking at getting a student visa and know it can be hard to find a job so what is the cost of living? What can we expect from the weather? my husband can not work here as he is a dissabled vet what will there be for him and our youngest to do during the day in Gallway is the city wheelchair accessable? As for the size of the city what city here in the US is similar? What is public transet like? Should we try and get a car? What are the gun laws we have a 9mm my husband got for home security when we lived in one of the poorer places of San Antonio Tx?
    no guns allowed.
    your dog will have to go into quarantine for probably 6 months.
    i doubt if youl get a student visa that will allow you to bring in your family tho....and if your on a student visa your only allowed to work less than 16 hours a week so youl never be able to look after your family on that if they did get to come over.
    oh you do know Gallway isnt in Scotland but in Ireland dont you?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by tig View Post
      no guns allowed.
      your dog will have to go into quarantine for probably 6 months.
      i doubt if youl get a student visa that will allow you to bring in your family tho....and if your on a student visa your only allowed to work less than 16 hours a week so youl never be able to look after your family on that if they did get to come over.
      oh you do know Gallway isnt in Scotland but in Ireland dont you?
      You're far more diplomatic than I, tig

      (I was wondering if she meant Galloway but either way she needs to do a bit more basic research on the place before she starts asking about the little things of life here.)

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      • #4
        ok thanks tig and yes I did know it was a typo I ment Glasgow and thanks for the additude scotsgait that is not something I need to hear I will be sure to try harder to find what I need with out help and the small things are important for us to know because of the fact that my husband is a dissabled vet in a wheelchair! but thanks for the answers.
        Last edited by jessie0711; 12th June 2012, 01:05.

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        • #5
          i dont even know if you can get a visa for college.....you could get one for university yes but youd need to check about college.

          i doubt your family will get on your visa anyway
          plus whos going to pay for your course at about 4k a year?
          your rent will be 500 a month if you want to bring them.
          youl only be able to work 16 hours in some student type bar job or something which will bring you in about 100 a week.
          most students just work for extra cash as the student fund pays their uni fees and rent....but thats only for Scottish students so you would have to get a big loan of some sort.

          so in reality its all not likely to happen im afraid unless youve got loads of money

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          • #6
            ok thanks on the money thing for day to day stuff we would have money my husband gets dissability and they told him he could live in another country like scotland or ireland and still keep it he just has to stay an american citizen. and i was looking at getting into university i am just so used to saying college here and I have not looked much at how to pay for university but if I get in the veterans administration will help pay for it around $950 us per month if I remember right. because both my dad and my husband were in the military here and they are dissabled because of it. I know when i was looking a few months ago about the student visa my husband looked and found something that said he could come with me but on a different visa and bring the kids but i am not sure something like a travel visa i think

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            • #7
              Do your basic homework on immigration here UK Border Agency | Visas and immigration

              Follow up any specific visa/immigration questions by contacting the UKBA using the links at UK Border Agency | Enquiries


              Then, if you do qualify, come back and ask the detailed questions about Scotland.

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              • #8
                Living in Scotland

                I would add that you might want to scroll through older posts on this topic, as there have been prior discussions on the topic of moving to the UK.

                Apparently, it's easier to move to Scotland if you are a citizen of a country that is part of the EU (European Union) or Great Britain, like Canada & Australia. Otherwise, it is prohibitively expensive for most ordinary folks. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt can buy a house in London and work there without much trouble, but for the rest of us. . . not so easy. And then there's the matter of general attitude against immigrants right now. The UK is not exactly welcoming ordinary immigrants with open arms (unless you are rich or have some highly specialized skill set that they need) given the poor state of the economy (high unemployment and recession). If you really want to live in a wet, green climate, consider the American Pacific Northwest, or if you want to live among Scottish ancestry, consider the eastern part of Canada. How about Nova Scotia?

                Best of luck to you!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by simpler times View Post
                  Apparently, it's easier to move to Scotland if you are a citizen of a country that is part of the EU (European Union) or Great Britain, like Canada & Australia.
                  There is some nonsense given out on this Board. Canada and Australia are not part of Great Britain !!

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                  • #10
                    correction

                    Perhaps Scotsgait you could have taken the opportunity to educate rather than lob a slur. I stand corrected. While Canada and Australia were once British colonies, they attained "peaceful independence" from England in the last century. However, they both still recognize Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Therein lies the confusion. Why is she head of state if they are independent of GB? Why can't Scotland be "peacefully independent" in the same way as Canada & Australia?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by simpler times View Post
                      Perhaps Scotsgait you could have taken the opportunity to educate rather than lob a slur. I stand corrected. While Canada and Australia were once British colonies, they attained "peaceful independence" from England in the last century. However, they both still recognize Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Therein lies the confusion. Why is she head of state if they are independent of GB? Why can't Scotland be "peacefully independent" in the same way as Canada & Australia?
                      It gets worse!

                      They didn't attain any format of independence from England.


                      Why is Brenda the Head of State of Australia and of Canada? Because she is Queen of Australia and Queen of Canada!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by simpler times View Post
                        Perhaps Scotsgait you could have taken the opportunity to educate rather than lob a slur. I stand corrected. While Canada and Australia were once British colonies, they attained "peaceful independence" from England in the last century. However, they both still recognize Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. Therein lies the confusion. Why is she head of state if they are independent of GB? Why can't Scotland be "peacefully independent" in the same way as Canada & Australia?
                        When did they attain independence from "England", exactly? Please do tell.

                        Oh really, this is sad: there is a whole muddy marsh of confusion here to deal with.

                        First bits first:

                        Liz Saxe-Coburg-Gotha-Windsor-whatevername is queen in Canada and Australia only because they allow her to be. Possibly they find it quaint or fun or something: I don't know. However, both countries mentioned have a choice in the matter. How awfully lucky for them. Oh wait - it's not luck - it's more like democracy.

                        She is NOT Queen Elizabeth II. Not of Great Britain, nor of the U.K. and NOT of Scotland. Quite a few years ago, there was a big boat named "Queen Elizabeth the Second" and I saw it launched. I believe there was a wee woman with a posh voice involved but I was more entranced that day by A) important big ship, and B) big excitement because my mother took me out of primary school that day to go and see it. The ship was so named because there had been a previous one named "Queen Elizabeth". A previous ship, that is, not a previous queen.

                        Originally posted by simpler times View Post
                        ...Why can't Scotland be "peacefully independent" in the same way as Canada & Australia?
                        Are you suggesting that Scotland will not be peacefully independent? There's something rather odd about your use of the inverted commas there. Or "quotation marks" if you prefer. Still, I am somewhat intrigued by your implication that Scotland will not be peacefully independent, and I should be very interested to know on what grounds, if any, you base this vaguely sinister view.

                        Oh well, I have I feeling there might be more odd misunderstandings yet to be dealt with.

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                        • #13
                          shes still queen of these countries because even tho they got independence they are still part of the commonwealth.
                          thats why nz n oz etc still have the union jack on their flag.
                          they got independence politically but kept her as the token head of state.

                          i think it had more to do with trade than anything else after they became independent

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