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An Expat’s Guide to the United Kingdom

An Expat’s Guide to the United Kingdom
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Visa Terms
Sort Out Your Paperwork
Relocation Notice
Health Check
Job Search
Accommodation
Opening Bank Account
Getting a SIM Card
Apply for NI Number
Get Along

Although Great Britain is a heaven for expats, living in the UK has its pros and cons. Free healthcare, quality education, open culture, and everything else that you require for a quality lifestyle. It always makes you wonder and worry about so many things. There are chances for you that provide you with new opportunities to grow and learn. Life as an expat in the United Kingdom could be difficult if you haven’t gathered sufficient information. 

It is a whole new experience, no matter how much you’ve planned, it will always be insufficient –  be vigilant before making any decision. However, this Expat guide will help you with how you can plan and execute your relocation to the British lifestyle. 

Life in the UK – Tips, Visas, Accommodation, and All the Pre Necessities 

Visa Terms

First thing first: secure your visa since the visa process is a bit trickier. 

Make sure you do all the paperwork correctly by gathering all the necessary requirements for your visa. Your Life in the UK will become so much easier; just be keen about the type of visa you are trying to get because your reason for relocating depends on it. Applying correctly in the first attempt should be your number one priority, but don’t get worried that it might not work if you mess up things in the first attempt. And if you are worried about any mistakes, you can always connect to an immigration consultant for a seamless application process. 

Sort Out Your Paperwork

You may hear from many expats, moving to another country involves lengthy procedures and complicated paperwork. 

Gather all your relevant paperwork before you start applying for your visa. If you have pets, that means more paperwork. Go through rules and regulations in the UK so you may have an idea of how things work there.

Relocation Notice 

Don’t forget to inform your bank and other official places of your relocation. It will help once you arrive in the UK not to face any difficulties regarding your transactions and purchases. Your life in the UK will become so much more comfortable with fewer worries. 

Health Check 

ensure your complete health checks
Get vaccinated before you start your life in the UK

Relocating means that you will have to end your current medical insurance. But before ending your insurance, ensure your complete health checks, tests and get vaccinated before you start your life in the UK. It will help you save the extra charges on your arrival.

Job Search 

Search for a job, or try to secure one before you apply for the visa. Many visa requirements ask for proof of your job search. Many landlords in the UK will also want assurance of your employment. 

The UK’s job market is fundamentally agency-based. It means that most of the recruitment is done through recruitment agencies rather than directly from the companies. Recruitment agencies in the UK will assist you in the following terms:

  • Available Jobs 
  • Demanded Skills 

Note: Once you are aware of the following process, use it according to your targeted job search.

Accommodation

There is a key to find the right accommodation
The cost of living in Manchester is significantly lower than in London

There is a key to find the right accommodation; that key is to know exactly where you are trying to live in the UK. If you are planning to live mainly in London, keep in mind that it would cost you a lot compared to other cities. For instance, the cost of living in Manchester is significantly lower than in London. Three critical factors to keep in mind before you start your search for a home.

  • Rent 

Keep an eye on the rent when you start your search for a home in the UK. Determine your cost that you are willing to pay each month for rent. Rent increases as property sizes increase and vice versa. 

  • Your Neighbourhood 

Choosing the right neighbourhood is essential; it is the key to a smooth settling process. Calculate your distance of work and affordability before making a choice. Places like Hackney Wick, Shoreditch, Fulham, Dalston, Camden and Clapham are ideal for the young generation. 

  • Roommates 

Another option for you is to live with a roommate – it sounds cool, but sometimes people face difficulties after making such a decision. Make sure paperwork is done ideally to ensure safety and reliability. Have the other person sign the leasing agreement for security and legal purposes. 

In case one roommate decides to leave, they can go without any hassles. 

Search for roommates that share the same interest as you and are of the similar age group. If your interests match, it will not take time to get along, and your life in the UK will significantly get better. 

Things to Know After Moving to the UK 

Opening Bank Account 

Search for banks that suit your requirements
Opening a bank account is the first thing to do on your arrival to the UK

Opening a bank account is the first thing to do on your arrival to the UK to ensure smooth transactions. Search for banks that suit your requirements, gather your paperwork, and make sure your bank has an ATM near your residence. Also, make sure that the bank has an English speaking helpline because you need it. 

Getting a SIM Card

Once you reach here, buy a sim card to have worry-free communication. Several companies provide good cellular packages with internet subscriptions. The cost of your subscription varies depending on the type of your package. You must have family members living outside the UK; the most cost-effective communication uses your social media applications like Facebook Messenger, Skype, and Facetime (for iOs users) and gets connected with your family. 

Apply for NI Number

Your NI (National Insurance) number is essential to you because you won’t be charged extra tax if you have one. With your NI number, the government can track your tax payment, make sure you get your NI number as soon as possible.

Make Friends And Get Along 

Get along and make friends
The best way to do this is to explore the UK and start getting along with people

Get along and make friends since you will be new in the UK, and it could be hard to spend the first few days. The best way to do this is to explore the UK and start getting along with people. Find people from other countries, use different public transports, eat at different restaurants and just enjoy your time while you live in the UK. 

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