We’re Moving To…

Lifestyle blogger Mollie Moore shares the details on her upcoming move to London!

LONDON!

I know what you’re thinking – whoa, whoa, whoa… what?! And I honestly feel the same way. It definitely hasn’t sunk in yet that in 10 days I’ll be flying over to London on a one way ticket! I’m going to do my best to answer all the big questions about why we’re moving in today’s post, but please feel free to reach out to me if you want more details!

Why London? Connor works in finance, and while his company has an office here in NYC, the headquarters is actually in London. You may have noticed that I made several trips there last year, and that was because Connor was there for work. When a position opened up at the London office a few weeks ago, it was just too good of an opportunity to pass up.

How does that work for you? Do you have a visa? Connor was (obviously) easily able to obtain a work visa, but the big question was how I would be able to live there. To be honest, this was quite the debacle for me. Since we won’t be married for another 6 months, I obviously don’t qualify for a spousal visa. This meant we had two routes to choose from: As a US citizen, I’m able to live in London for up to 6 months without a visa. The timing of that would have worked out really well with our wedding, however, the downside is I wouldn’t be able qualify for their national health insurance and I couldn’t make any money (even from my blog!). For obvious reasons this was our backup plan. The better option for me was to apply for what’s called a dependent visa, but let me tell ya, it wasn’t easy. I won’t bore you with the details of the visa application process, perhaps that could be for another post if there’s interest. But luckily it all worked out, and I found out last Friday my visa was APPROVED!

How long will you be over there? We aren’t sure! Our visas are good for 9 years, so that’s the maximum amount of time we can live in the UK before returning home. Connor doesn’t have a contractual amount of time he has to be out there, so we plan on just taking it day by day and seeing how we like it!

When do you leave? Next Friday, May 18th!! And yes, I do realize we will be getting there just in time for the royal wedding 😉

Do you have a place in London yet? No – During the visa application process we weren’t allowed to travel over there to look for a flat. We’ve been doing as much research as possible online, and we really like the Kensington and Chelsea areas – I’m excited to start the search process! Until we find something suitable we will be in a hotel near Connors office.

I think that should answer most of the big questions for now. I’ll definitely be sharing more about the move and our new life in London in the coming weeks. I’m so excited to start this new chapter in our lives and I hope you enjoy following along on this crazy adventure!

xx Mollie

Photo by Victoria Metaxas

 

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Caila Quinn

Congratulations little miss Mollie moore!!!! I’m so excited for you – going to be your best venture yet. What a great post – loved how you shared the surprise.

<3

Trisha

All the best for your Move! What about your job Here? Or are you a full time Blogger?

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    Thank you Trisha!! Unfortunately I had to quit my job here. I was a nanny for an amazing family, I’m going to miss thE kids so much! In London I will be blogging full time, which Is definitely an exciting new opportunity! xx

Cathy

How exciting! This is a great time to make a move like that-before you have a bunch of kids. Are you going to sneak a peak at the royal wedding? it sounds like it will be a lot of fun and the experience of a lifetime!! Can’t wait to follow along and see your adventure!

XOXO
Cathy

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    I think St. George’s Chapel will be too crazy for us, but we definitely plan on watching from a local pub! You’re totally right, now is the time for us to do something like this! xx

Belle

That is so exciting! Congrats on the big move and I’m sure everything will work out for the best!

Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

OH MY GOSH, HOW EXCITING!!!! I’m sorry the visa process for you wasn’t easy but I’m glad that you got approved! How exciting is this adventure? Will you have to re-apply for a visa once you’re married, or will it be switched? I can’t wait to hear more about your adventure! Best of luck to you both!

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    Thank you so much Laura! Luckily a dependent visa offers all the same benefits as a spousal visa, so no need to switch! I will just have to register my name change. That’s a good question though!! xx

Anna english

Oh my gosh! How exciting. I cant wait to hear more about your adventures.

Gaonou

Ahhh! Im so excited for you! I cant wait for your london blog posts and IG posts ❤️

Mei

Wow! how exciting! I would love to move abroad too. It has actually been on the back of our minds for some time, but now that I am preggers those plans will have to wait a bit more.

Stephanie

AAAHHH so this was the exciting news you were mentioning on twitter!! I’m really happy for you guys – and it’s wonderful that you got approved for your Visa! I can’t wait to see all that’s in store for you in London! What an awesome opportunity!

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    Ahhh yes this is the big news i was hinting at! Thank you so much for your kind words lady, we are really excited!!! xx

Jane Phillips

How’s your mom and grandma taking all this besides thinking how wonderful it all is,for you both! I wish both love and happiness. Enjoy the ride!

Angelle

Oh my goodness!! Congrats!!! London is going to be amazing!!!

xoxo,
Angelle
http://www.dashingdarlin.com

Megan

This is so exciting! Can’t wait to see and hear more about your london adventure!

Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

Morgan

That’s so exciting!! Congrats guys!! What a fun way to start a marriage .. living in and exploring a new city together!

-Morgan
How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

Jennie kueter

Congrats! I alwaus love seeing uour post about lonfon as its one of my favorite cities also. We go every year usually so it will be nice to get some insight from you as a local.
Ps theres a Little sTore that has some amazing clothes called aqua. Its toucked into a little ally With a few other cute shops. I found a Killer pants suit there!
Jennie

Laura Leigh

Eeeek! That is so exciting Molly! Can’t wait to follow along on your Winning London adventures – hope you know what movie I’m talking about!

xo Laura Leigh
http://www.louellareese.com

Sarah

So exciting! What about the pup, though? I have always wanted to move to england but have been dissuaded by thoughts of having to put my baby in quarantine!

    Mollie | Mollie Moore

    Hi Stephanie, we don’t have a dog! If you’re thinking of the king charles cavalier i would post On instastories, she is a friends pup! xx