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Hello. I need some help/advice. I just received a job offer to work in London as an English teacher. The company has offered to pay me $3255 GBP tax free as my monthly salary for the first year then I will pay 10% monthly tax to the British Government. This company is also offering me housing for the first year at their corporate housing estate - meals included. I received the offer today 9/5/2013 and they have my start date listed at 9/28/13. The company is providing me with the Visa and flight ticket down, I am only to pay for the Tier 2 Cases work permit.

Can all this be processed with my anticipated start date of 9/28/13? I have been reading your posts and replies and it seems paperwork can take forever. Also I have a car and am I correct in stating that I am not allowed to drive in the UK for at least 6 months?

Also all my interaction, ie, application, interview forms, job offer has been via email, the company is a very well known company but would it be wise of me to have an attorney review these documents and verify the job offer is legitimate just in case?

They are asking I sign the Contract terms of Agreement as soon as possible and email it back which after they receive it I will receive additional information on the upfront relocation package payment they will mail in a check form to my home here in the U.S.

I have never imagined I would move overseas as I have never been outside the US and want to make sure everything is legitimate and that I make sure I cover all grounds before giving my 2-week notice to vacate my current position with my employer I have been with for 13 years.

Anything and everything you can think of for me to do, review, check is so very much appreciated!!

Michelle
 

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And English teaching is definitely not a shortage occupation, so I don't see how they could sponsor you for a visa, especially as an American. My husband's exact words regarding this, "Run for the hills. It's a con."
 

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And you would be required to pay taxes and National Insurance, and the rate would be much higher than 10%. The only way you wouldn't pay taxes would be if your income is below the threshold (much like for really low earners in the US) or if your job had a loophole (like being for a foreign embassy). A teaching job would not meet either of these criteria.
 
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