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Hi,
 
We are two American girls looking to teach in London this fall.  We have been trying to look up information to find some answers on things like obtaining a visa, and a working permit, however we still have some questions.  It is quite confusing!!  Some of our questions include:
 
1.)  What is the process for obtaining a visa, and how long does the process usually take?
 
2.)  Do we need a work permit before we get a visa or is this something a future employer would be responsible for?
 
3.)  Does anyone have thoughts on the agency TeachLondon.com.  We have been coresponding with them, but we don’t know if there are better agency to work with.
 
4.)  What are our chances of getting jobs as Americans.  One of us is a Math teacher, the other a Speech Therapist.  Does this seem like a need in the London area?
 
5.)  Could you recommed a specifc area in London that the schools seem good to work in or to steer clear of?
 
6.)  Any other useful hints you could send our way??  Smile
 
Thanks so much!  We know we are asking a bunch of questions but we just thought we would put it all out there.  Eurotrip has been so helpful in the planning of our backpacking trips, and we thought maybe the same would be true for this.  Thanks again!
 
SM & TW

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A program that sounds very good, takes care of all the work for you is www.bunac.org.  Not too cheap but they handle everything.

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Thanks for your reply jkfaust.  We looked at Bunac, but they seem to only deal with students who are looking for work for 6 months or less.  We can’t find anything for post-graduate individuals looking to work professionally full-time.  Frown

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Outside of the law is your best bet.
You can get under the table bar and waitress work quite easy, especially if you are good looking and loose.

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Alrighty!  We’ll keep that in mind.  Thanks.

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Check out http://www.tntmagazine.co.uk and then go to the ‘Read TNT Online’ bit and flick to near the back and you should find lots of agencies advertising that deal with teachers. It might be worth dropping a few some emails to get some advice from a variety of places. Not sure about speech therapists though.