3 Things You Need To Do Before Moving To The UK

3 Things You Need To Do Before Moving To The UK

Anas Bouargane 08/10/2020 8
3 Things You Need To Do Before Moving To The UK

Britain presents a cooking pot of capitals and towns, each with its distinguished way of life, history, culture, and accent. 

3 Things You Need To Do Before Moving To The UK

Whether you prefer the hustle and bustle of the city in places like London and Birmingham, or you're looking for somewhere which is more rural and scenic, such as the Peak District or Yorkshire. There are so many spectacular areas to choose from to reside in the UK. 

However, before you pack up your things and make your way to Britain, there are, of course, a few things you need to do first to prepare for your big move.

Find An Immigration Lawyer

Hiring UK based immigration solicitors will ensure you have legal expertise on your side to inform you about the migration rules and requirements. Along with advice on whether you're eligible for gaining access as a permanent resident in the UK.

Different stipulations determine the likelihood of you gaining a British passport. Factors that affect the success of your application include your nationality. For example, due to Brexit, EU residents will no longer have the right of free movement to visit and live in the UK. In due course, EU residents will be expected to follow the rules set by the UK government, if they want to live in Britain.

On the other hand, US citizens need to apply for a visa, which must be for either work or family reasons. If neither reason applies, a US-based citizen will find it difficult to move to the UK. 

Look At The Cost Of Living

Analyse the difference in living costs between your home country and the UK. This way, you can figure out whether you will have enough money to live the life you're accustomed to at home when you arrive in Britain. Or, whether you'll need to make adjustments to your life to afford the move. Such as letting go of luxuries, like a cleaner for your home, and an expensive food budget filled with wine and steak.

3 Things You Need To Do Before Moving To The UK

Keep in mind, some locations in Britain are more costly to live than others. London is, of course, rather expensive to rent accommodation in and live. However, in the Midlands, accommodation and food, etc., are much more affordable. Use websites like Rightmove to look at the cost of housing. 

Apply For Work

As part of your move to the UK, particularly if you're planning on applying for a work visa, you'll need to find a job. There is an abundance of employment opportunities across the UK. 

Make yourself stand out during your job hunting process by applying for positions that you have qualifications or skills in, that the current UK workforce may lack. In doing so, it will put you in good stead of getting a career in the UK. Websites you can use to apply for UK jobs are:

The thought of moving to the UK is exciting, but as above, there are steps to follow to ensure you can legally enter and stay in the country. By hiring an immigration solicitor, getting to know the place you're planning on moving to prepare for the cost of living, and applying for jobs. You can begin building a solid foundation for your move abroad to Britain.

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  • Kevin Cole

    London is the best city in the world. Just get used to the rain and bring an umbrella with you.

  • Yannick Eggins

    Immigration solicitors are professionals at handling any visa especially in the U.K. My wife is American and we used one solicitor to bring her. The documents were too long and complicated... glad that our solicitor sorted everything for us.

  • Mary Vita

    Moving to Glasgow is the best decision I have ever made.

  • William Smith

    In reply to: Mary Vita

    You should come to London. It's much more diverse and welcoming.

  • Scott Gormley

    If you love football you are gonna love the UK !

  • Ross Spencer

    In reply to: Scott Gormley

    One more thing for my American friends it's football not soccer !

  • LJ Decker

    You are all welcome to our country.

  • Raj T

    Well noted

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Anas Bouargane

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Anas is the founder of CEF Académie, a platform that provides guidance and support for those willing to study in France. He previously interned at AlphaSense. Anas holds a bachelor degree in applied economics from the University Paris Sud.


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