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British Government in FLA


  ■  THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT in Florida:   All consular services for British nationals in our state and UK-US trade queries are handled by the British Consulate-General in Miami on (305) 400-6400.  You can also email queries to:    askflorida@fco.gov.uk  OR via:   www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-miami     British Consulate General Miami address:    1001 Brickell Bay Drive ,  Floor 28,  Miami FL 33131.    Enquiries  [305] 400 6400    Office hours: By appointment only.  Current British Consul-General is DAVID PRODGER–see his bio at the bottom. 

■  The British Consulate General in Miami  Represents the UK government in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This involves work across political, commercial, security and economic areas of interest to the UK and providing consular assistance to British nationals is our region.  FIND INFO ON:  www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-consulate-general-miami  

■  For information on obtaining an Emergency Travel Document:    https://www.gov.uk/emergency-travel-document or Phone the British Consulate Miami on [305] 400-6400 and press the Emergency Option. 

■  To apply for or renew a UK Passport:   See The PASSPORTS page on this website 

■  FOR A VISA TO WORK IN OR MOVE TO THE UK:   All visa enquiries are handled directly  via the website :  https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

■   MARRIAGE  For Americans [or any other non-Brit] planning to marry a British citizen and move over to the UK, the British subject
should consult  www.gov.uk/browse/visa-immigration.  That page explains the steps on how to obtain a visa for the foreign fiance [e].

ou can stay up to 6 months as a visitor.
Find all the information by reading  www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/tourist-short-stay-visas
NOTE:   This is the OFFICIAL  UK Government website–do not be fooled by or give money to lookalike websites. 

■   Covering just about everything you might need to know if you’re moving back to, or moving to the UK for the first time:  Jobs, prices, accommodation, advice on bank accounts, health insurance, visas, money transfer, and many other tips:  Consult the website  www.workgateways.com/working-in-the-uk

■ ORLANDO:    Effective January 30, 2014 the British Consulate offices in Orlando have been closed.  All services currently offered by the British Consulate in Orlando will transfer to the British Consulate-General in Miami.  A small consular team will remain in Central Florida, working under the direction of the Miami office, to offer direct services to British nationals in the region, such as emergency passport services, and assistance to those hospitalized or arrested and detained. The British Consulate-General in Miami can be contacted at (305) 400-6400. 

■  UK-USA TRADE:     THE BRITISH CONSULATE-GENERAL in MIAMI [305] 400-6400 deals with trade between the UK and other countries, via the British Government’s Trade and Investment office in London.    Trade and Investment is the Government organisation that supports companies in the UK doing business internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to locate in the UK. UK Trade & Investment provides access to a growing network of global business advisors, market entry intelligence and guidance on operational issues.  It assists British firms in the UK and those based in Florida to find overseas business and operates under the British Government’s international trade programme.  They are your global business partners.   Because of its proximity to South America the Miami British Consulate-General has a heavy focus on promoting UK-Latin America trade.   If you are a British-owned business or a Florida-based subsidiary of a UK company and you wish to do business internationally, the Miami staff will assist you with resources and identifying opportunities and creating sales leads in the UK and all South American countries and over 200 countries total.   Trade Partners UK gives you access to the full range of UK Government help for Britain‘s exporters and overseas investors.   Advice and help to achieve your international sales goals. Find a reliable rep/agent in another country who will sell your products. The British Consulate-General in Miami is 

responsible for British interests in the Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, including Political, Press and Public Diplomacy.      Additionally, the Miami based Trade & Investment Team promotes trade and investment opportunities throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, South Carolina, and the US Virgin Islands.  FABB [Florida Association of British Business] liaises with the British Consulate-General in Miami [and via referral from the Orlando office] because some of our British business members trade with the UK and South America. FABB members have been included on trade missions, functions and events organised by the British Consulate-General. FABB President Patricia Kawaja was used as resource and speaker at the Consular office in Miami from 1998-2003.   

FLORIDA COLUMN in Union Jack Newspaper AUGUST 2014 issue by Patricia Kawaja
THE CURRENT BRITISH CONSUL.      It’s always noteworthy when we Florida Brits get  a new leader.  He takes office early this month.  Each British Consul for Florida had a different style and manner.  Rob Hoffman married in Miami during his time here which several of us Brits attended and I featured in this column.   Let’s say a fond farewell to Kevin McGurgan, who has been promoted to Director-General of UK Trade & Investment for Canada plus Consul General of Toronto. A Scotsman who will find many Canadian Scots, he served as Consul General in the Sunshine State since 2010, raising the profile of British excellence and expanding the Consulate’s presence in Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.  He often wore his kilt to Florida formal occasions, quite magnificently I thought.  NEW CONSUL since 2014 DAVID PRODGER  
served in a number of roles, both home and overseas, within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) since joining in 1999. Prior to that, he worked in the private sector as a land surveyor, project manager and business development manager.  His most recent post was Deputy Head of Security Policy in FCO London where. This included: overseeing UK policy towards NATO including in preparation for the 2014 UK-hosted NATO Summit in Wales; leading the UK’s EU common security and defence policy; overseeing bilateral security policy relations between the UK and other European countries; and relations between the UK and the EU and NATO Allies, as well as other partners; conventional arms control in Europe policy; and UK space policy.  Previous FCO postings with various key responsibilities were at the British Embassies in Brussels, and  Buenos Aires and other posts in the FCO covering the Middle East and Latin America.  Prior to joining the FCO, David was a Chartered Surveyor with the UK’s national mapping agency, Ordnance Survey, working on projects to assist international land reform in Central and Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean.  He also worked as a computer analyst in market research and in the upstream oil exploration and production business with BP and others across a range of locations from Papua New Guinea, the Persian Gulf, the North Sea and Colombia.  David is married to Tiffany and has three children. Your bustling British colony of Florida welcomes you, David!


► DO YOU NEED TO TRANSER CURRENCY OVER FROM THE UK?  [Amounts over £5000].   OR SEND TO UK FROM FLORIDA?  BENEFIT FROM BREXIT!   TRANSFER UK CURRENCY SAFELY TO/FROM  the UK.   At lower rates than any bank .   For property/business transactions/pension funds transfer or other purposes.   Or transfer to/from any other  country worldwide.  FABB you help you save considerable  exchange fees via our partner Moneycorp.   WE RECOMMEND MONEYCORP of the UK with an office in Orlando, Florida.  Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin direct on her cell [863] 207-6616 to ask all your questions.  She is based at their HQ in Orlando.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so she may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you. 

Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?  

For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions
direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.
NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  
Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.