Relocating to a new country is an exciting prospect but it can be a big challenge. Without careful research and planning, you could end up based in the wrong place and closed off from the best opportunities.
Make sure not to overlook these essential things to do when moving to the UK to ensure that the process is smooth sailing all the way.
Research the destination
First and foremost, take the time to research key locations in the UK. From big cities to rural villages and coastlines to the countryside, there are many different options available.
London draws expatriates from all over the world. As England’s capital and the most important city in the UK, there are many jobs and opportunities for world-class education on offer. However, house prices and renting rates here are much higher than across the rest of the UK.
While prioritizing cost and your career, consider what each location has to offer its residents. For example, those relocating with children should investigate the schools in the local area as well as leisure facilities for weekend entertainment.
Arrange your work visa
Before you press play with your plans, you must have organized all of your legal documentation.
Legal documents related to moving to the UK include an up-to-date passport, a visa that authorizes your entry into the country, and a UK work permit. The exact documents you need will depend on your nationality current country of residence, and the intended duration of your stay.
If you already have a job lined up, the HR team at your new company should be able to help organize a work visa.
Set up your bank account
Upon arrival in the UK, one of the most vital things to do is to set up your bank account. It is not a requirement, but it is essential to you receiving your salary and making important payments such as utility bills.
There is a wide range of banks available, each with its own individual collection of bank account types and unique policies. This includes British banks as well as international banks such as Santander.
Consider choosing a bank account that provides the option of a credit card with a view to improving your credit score. Having a good credit score in the UK means that lenders see you as a low-risk investment, which, even while you are renting a property, improving your credit history will give you access to better rates for mortgages and loans and flexible purchasing such as furniture finance.
Register with a doctor
As well as opening a bank account at your local branch, register with your local GP.
Registering with a GP in the UK means that you are instantly in the system of the National Health Service. Make sure to ask for your unique patient number. You do not have to be a British citizen to use the NHS: everyone legally residing in the UK has access to this free healthcare scheme.