The UK is a prime place to relocate, there are so many opportunities and it is a great place to live. But whilst starting a new life abroad can be an exciting time, it can also be intimidating and confusing. This brief guide to relocating to the UK can help you through the process.
– Find Employment
The first step to moving to the UK is finding a job. Once you have found employment you will be able to apply for a work-visa. There are different kinds of visa, including sponsored visas; if that is the kind of visa you are pursuing you must ensure it is being offered by your prospective employer.
When moving to the UK you can apply for a long-term work visa, but it is important to explore the different kinds of visa options available to you, based on your skills and the types of employment you are considering.
Explore the link below for a comprehensive guide to visas.
Once you have decided upon which visa is right for you, it is time to prepare all the necessary documentation and submit your application – which would usually be done at a local representative office. The process can take anywhere from several weeks up to a few months – so be prepared to wait.
– Visa Approval
Once you receive news that your visa has been approved, you will receive a sticker on your passport called a vignette, which holds details of your visa status. You will also have to visit a local post office upon arrival to collect your BRP – Biometric Residence Permit (but this only occurs if you applied for your visa while outside of the UK).
However, if you use the UK Immigration: ID Check app you will instead use online verification, and you will not need a vignette or BRP.
– Moving to the UK
There are many practical things to consider when moving your life to a new country, and a significant one is how to transport your belongings, pets and private vehicles. The link below is an in depth guide to navigating these challenges.
– Indefinite Leave to Remain
If you’re hoping to make the UK your forever-home, after five years of residence with your work visa, you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (IRL) – which grants you Permanent Residence. Obtaining an ILR will allow you to remain in the UK without any restrictions, and from there you can apply for citizenship.