Moving to California From UK

Moving to California From UK

Moving to California From UK.


Are you in the process of moving to California from UK? If you have been searching for removals to California, White & Company offer an excellent service and have been providing removals to and from the USA for the past eighty years.

Our experienced staff will take care of your personal effects and help take the stress out of your move. Not only can White & Company offer a Californian removal service, we also cover all other countries in Europe and other international destinations as well. As founder members of BAR, FIDI & OMNI we have successfully moved thousands of people all over the globe.

About California & Moving to California From UK

California stretches from the Mexican border along the Pacific for nearly 900 miles. Its cities include Los Angeles, the centre of the Hollywood entertainment industry, and San Francisco, home to the Golden Gate Bridge. California’s diverse geography ranges from the Sierra Nevada in the east to the Pacific Coast in the west, from the redwood–Douglas forests of the northwest, to the Mojave Desert in the southeast.

The city of Los Angeles is the seat of the Hollywood entertainment industry and has a reputation for golden beaches, trendy nightlife, a relaxed lifestyle and beautiful people. Unfortunately this all comes at a price and by contrast there are large ghettoes with high crime rates and underfunding in local schools.

LA city has a very mixed business sector, reflected in every area of the American economy as well as in overseas markets. Work is more relaxed than you would expect to find along the east coast although job opportunities are still very competitive

Visa Requirements When Moving to California From UK

Since 9/11 US policy changes have resulted in much more selective immigration regulations, getting a visa to work is now nowhere near as easy as it was. If you want to work in the US you can apply for several types of visa:

• A H1-B non-immigrant visa is for skilled, educated people working for a sponsoring employer in specific occupations such as maths, engineering, law or medicine

• A H-2B is for temporary non-agricultural workers and is available for foreign workers doing seasonal work where there is a shortage of local workers.

• The J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program for people looking to study, teach or carry out research in the US.

• The green card – this will entitle you to become a permanent resident. You can obtain a green card through a job or job offer, provided there aren’t enough US workers who can do the job.

• There is also the annual green card lottery; each year 55,000 people win permanent residence

Visa and work permit requirements may change at short notice; it is advisable to contact your respective embassy or consulate for the latest details.

Property Prices Moving to California From UK

As a general guide you will find property prices in California are influenced by location and demand. Your choice of location will be influenced by your place of work. Local agents will be the best place to start.

The process of buying any type of property or land in California is strictly regulated. The services of certain professionals are required for the process. The local estate agent should be able to give an estimation of all fees and the property charges the buyer will be responsible for when they become the owner.

The current average cost to buy  family home in California is $513,000 (£387,000). Homes have increased my just over 7% over the past year with an expected further rise of 2.5% for the year ahead.

If you intend to rent, you can expect to pay $2650 (£2000) per square metre for an apartment in a city suburb. A similar property on the outskirts of a city would cost $1700 (£1283) per square metre. Statistics provided by Zillow, a well known property expert and agent.

Here is a list of real estate agents, which may prove helpful in your search for a property:

Jade Mills Estates –
Westside Estate Agency –
Regency Real Estate Brokers –
Team Forss: Allison James Estates and Homes –

Travel and Moving to California From UK

Most people will want to own a car in California. Car prices are less than in the UK and the price of petrol is also cheaper; although bear in mind that you will probably end up driving a lot further.

Public transport around California’s larger cities and communities is easy and you will have plenty of choice. Do what an increasing number of locals do and hitch a ride on a bus, subway, ferry, or light rail system. Travelling in this way can be an efficient, affordable, safe, and an eco-friendly option, particularly in areas where traffic is heavy and parking difficult. Many transport systems let you buy multi-day passes; check ticket options online for the best deals.

You can also uses buses to take longer trips around the state. The Greyhound bus is the nation’s primary long-distance transport company and offers routes linking all the large cities with more rural destinations.

Schools and Moving to California From UK

Education standards in California are extremely high and the state has a good selection of schooling options:

International School of Monterey
GAIS: The German-American International School
Woodside International School
International School of Los Angeles / Lycée International

About White & Company

White & Company Removals Storage & Shipping
Hillsons Road
SO30 2DY

Tel: 01489 854 286 for a free moving quote


Opening Times:
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White & Company are proud winners of the British Association of Removers ‘Overseas Mover of the Year’ Competition 2016 and finalists for 2017.

 Removals Sevenoaks Winner 2016 Overseas Remover of The Year

Foreign Currency Exchange

When moving overseas, making sure you get the best exchange rate possible is essential to starting your new life on a sound footing. White and Company has an exclusive arrangement with an FX Firm (foreign exchange company). Simply follow the link below to see what additional monies you will receive compared to using your high street bank and to set up a free no obligation account. White & Company/foreign-exchange

Whether you need to arrange monthly payments to service an overseas mortgage, or wish to protect yourself against exchange rate fluctuations and fix the rate for up to a year, we will be able to suggest the most suitable way to do so. Open your free, no obligation account in as long as it takes to stop for a coffee.

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