Our top 10 Insider Tips before you move to the UK.
Renew your passport before you leave your country
The process of having your passport issued in your own country is usually quicker, easier and less expensive than at a consulate in the UK. When visiting other countries, it is often required to have a passport valid for at least 6 months and with a few empty pages. Furthermore, your UK VISA (if you need one) will be on the passport you use to first enter the UK and it is a tiresome process to move it to another passport.
Transfer money and avoid taxes
Using a foreign currency exchange specialist will help you get a better rate and save money on the transaction. It is also a good idea to consult an specialist tax advisor to assist you make the best options on how to move your money from one country to another and minimise the taxes incurred.
Ask for a "no claims" letter from your insurance company
It is recommended to get a proof from your insurance company that you did not have any claims on your previous policies as this will reduce the price of your new insurances in the UK.
Renew your driving licence
Members of the European Community and other designated countries are allowed to drive in the UK with their own driving licences for the first three years after they become residents in the UK and after this period they need to exchange their driving licence for a British one. Other nationals may drive in the UK for 12 months. During that period, they need to get a British driving licence (i.e. apply and pass the tests)
Check your electrical appliances will work before shipping them to the UK
The voltage in the UK is 220V and the frequency is 50Hz. The TV colour system is PAL and the DVD/Games region is 2.
Open your bank account before you move
Opening a bank account in the UK can be more challenging than you would expect. You can make the process easier by opening it before you move or even just making sure you bring all your bank account documents with you on your move.
Couples: make sure both names are on the rental agreements and utilities bills
This is the first step to start a credit history in the UK. Not having a credit history may be a problem when trying to get credit cards, mobile phones and bank accounts.
Have your name included in the electoral register
If you are a British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen you can register to vote in the UK. This will also enhance your credit history.
Consider buying a SIM card and mobile internet as soon as you arrive
Setting up a mobile phone and internet account may take longer than you expect. The easy and quickest solution is to buy a pay-as-you-go SIM card for your mobile phone and mobile internet.
Be prepared for your shipping to arrive later than expected
It is not unusual for shipments (air or sea) arrive much later than expected. So, be sure to include all you need for the first few months of your stay in the UK.
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