The UK may only be a small island. But what it lacks in size it makes up for in history, beauty, culture and style. Whether you want peaceful countrysides, beautiful beaches or bustling cities, the UK has it all. On top of that, we also have a vibrant music scene, iconic landmarks and our capital city is home to the Queen. So it’s hardly surprising that people from all over the world want to move her. Whether it’s on a temporary or permanent basis, a move to the UK can change your life in many ways. But moving to a different country can be difficult and stressful to handle if you aren’t fully prepared for it. This is why it’s so important to consider every aspect as carefully and thoroughly as possible before you leave. This guide should help make the process easier and less stressful, while also preparing you for your new life in the UK.

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Visit the UK first

Before you do anything else, you need to visit the UK to make sure it’s the best place for you to relocate to. Many people make the mistake of not doing this and then regret not doing so before they arrive. This is an expensive mistake to make, and it can also make you and your family miserable. The UK isn’t for everyone, and it’s important to determine whether it is or not beforehand. Making the time to visit the UK can also be beneficial in other ways. It gives you the chance to learn more about the culture, view properties and see tourist attractions. You can also talk to the locals, experience the weather and get to grips with public transport. Driving on the opposite side of the road may also be something you want to try out. This insight will be invaluable and also let you know more about what its like to live here. If possible, bring your family with you on your visit. You can then see how much they like it and how well they will adapt to living here in the future. When you return home, you can then discuss the pros and cons. They might have concerns or feel excited about a potential move. Listen to everyone’s opinions carefully and do more research together if needs be. The UK has airports, roads networks, and ports meaning you have multiple ways of getting here. Remember you will need a valid passport and visa to enter. Visit https://www.gov.uk/uk-border-control/overview for more information concerning this.

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Check your finances

Before you decide to live here, you need to make sure you are financially able to. The UK can be an expensive place to live. So not having enough available funds is a big mistake and it can affect your visa application. Unless you are relocating for work, it can take time to find a job. Without money coming in initially and no savings, you could find yourself unable to pay bills or rent. This could ultimately without a place to stay. You will also need to factor in the cost of shipping your belongings, flight tickets, and furniture. You may also need to buy a new car when you are here and money for a deposit on a house. It’s wise also to think about the cost of everyday items such as food, toiletries and fuel. To help you create a relocation budget, you need to find out the average price for each of these items. It might also be advantageous to discuss your finances with a financial advisor.

Go through your accounts with a financial advisor at your bank to establish how much you have and will need. Discuss your options and whether now is the right time to relocate. They might advise you to delay your move to give you more time to save. Once you have saved enough, they can then help you shut down unnecessary accounts. This could include your phone contract and utility accounts. It can also be beneficial to learn more about the UK’s tax, bank accounts and exchange rate. This will make it easier to open a UK account and transfer your money into it at the best rate. See https://www.workingabroad.net/country-profiles/united-kingdom/wages-and-taxes/ for more information.

Consider where you are going to live

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It’s essential that you know where you are going to live before you arrive in the UK. The UK is made up of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. It’s vital that you know the differences between these destinations before you arrive. They vary dramatically and have their own unique vibe. The best way to determine which one is right for you is to consider a number of factors. You need to consider the cost of living, job prospects, and the weather. Transport links is another key thing to consider. Use Google or travel books to learn as much about each place as possible. Once you’ve determined which one is perfect for you, you can start looking at the regions within them. This again with require thought and extensive research. This might seem time-consuming, but it can save you money and ensures you find the perfect location. While you might be tempted only to look at city center locations, also consider ones that are further afield. The UK has fantastic public transport which makes it easy to commute.

Once you’ve found a suitable region you can start looking for suitable accommodation options. This will obviously depend on your budget, lifestyle, and requirements. You can find a number of houses and apartment of different sizes and prices throughout the UK. You also have the option to rent or buy. Talk to your family about what you need before starting your search and remember to consider your budget. Think about how close you want to be to shops, schools and hospitals. As well as attractions and train stations.

You will then need to start using real estate websites and apps to look for properties that fit your criteria. Use sites like http://www.taylorsestateagents.co.uk/forsaleoffice/bedminster/1360/ to get you started. Alternatively, you can contact a reputable real estate agent directly and ask for their help and guidance. The whole process can take time, especially if there is a substantial time difference. So the more time you give yourself, the better. Having an address before you arrive will also make it easier to organise shipping and redirecting your mail.

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Look for work

Before you start looking for work, you need to make sure you have chosen the correct visa. There are different visas to choose from, and it’s important that you choose the right one. You can learn more about visas at http://www.workpermit.com/uk/uk.htm. You need to choose the one that is most suitable for your lifestyle, requirements, and family situation. Always read through the terms of the visas carefully to ensure you understand them. Visas can also take a while to be processed by the UK’s immigration. So make sure you give yourself sufficient time to apply before you arrive. Otherwise, you may not be able to enter the country.

Once your visa has been approved, you can start looking for work. There are a number of UK job websites and apps you can access to find jobs you can apply for. The majority will require an up to date CV, which includes your previous employment, skills, and qualifications. Your CV will also need to include your new address and contact information. So make sure your update your CV with all of this relevant information before applying for job opportunities. You can also contact a recruitment agency website to talk about what kind of employment you would like. Be realistic about the job type you would like. You should also have a clear idea of how far you are willing to travel each day. They should be able to find you suitable employment that caters to your needs and requirements. Another option is to talk to your current employer. If you work for a large company, you may be able to transfer to their UK based office. They may also have contacts within the UK who could offer you employment.

As always give yourself plenty of time to search and apply for job opportunities. It could take a week, or it may take a few months, depending on your skills and qualifications. The key is making sure you are proactive. Don’t disregard internships, graduate schemes or volunteer work. They could provide you with an opportunity to showcase your skills and get headhunted. For help on finding work, visit https://www.internations.org/great-britain-expats/guide/16170-jobs-business/jobs-in-the-uk-for-foreigners-16166.

With this guide to help you, you should have a positive relocation experiences. Do plenty of research and try to visit the UK before choosing to move here. The more you know, the better prepared you and your family will be. Why not talk to other people online who have relocated to the UK and ask them for tips and advice. To do this, use sites like http://www.expatica.com/uk.