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In just a couple of months, my husband and I will be making a very big move to London, England from Chicago, IL, USA. My husband went to London a few months ago for a business trip, and now we are moving out there for his job. We both have current US passports. I have a lot of questions and concerns regarding moving overseas that I'm hoping someone out there can help answer or at least point me in the direction of where I can find more information on what my concerns or questions are. Here goes:

1) I'm mainly concerned with upside-down car loans and student loans. What should we do about those loans while overseas?

2) His company is paying for our flight to England, then they are paying for furnished housing out there for 1-2 years while he works. (yes, I know, that's pretty lucky) Aside from clothes and toiletries, what else should we bring with us?

3) I will want to get a job when we move there. Will I need to apply for some kind of work visa or something?

4) What is the best means of communication with friends and family that will still be in Chicago while we're overseas? I tried Skype while my husband was out there a few months ago and it was very slow and delayed, and we even lost our connection several times. Anything better that anyone knows of?

5) We have 2 cats that are getting up there in age. I'm concerned about such a big move for them because both of them are over 10 years old. Anyone ever made this move with pets before? Is it going to traumatize them? Would it be better for us to find them a good home before we leave? (Please be serious about this one. Those cats are my babies!)

6) How does health insurance work out there?

7) What are the hospitals like?

8) If one were to become pregnant while in England even though they're a US citizen, if they have their baby in England, does that baby automatically become an English citizen? (We're going through fertility treatments right now, so this could be our reality next year)

9) What are some fun things to do in England that don't cost a lot of money?

10) Is there a website similar to yelp.com in England? (Yelp is a site that people rate places they've been. ie. restaurants, museums, theme parks, etc.) If so, what is it?

11) Something similar to Groupon.com in England?(Groupon is a site that offers discounted deals for things that are otherwise almost twice the price of the deal. The deals only go through if enough people sign up for it. Hence the 'group' part of the word coupon. Get it?) If so, what is it?

Thank you for any information you can provide for us. We're moving sometime in October. I am looking forward to this adventure, but I want to be as prepared as possible for it so I don't get stressed out. Thanks for all your help!

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