How a EU-Citizen Can Move to UK

Updated on Friday 13th January 2017

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Citizens from EU countries still have the possibility to enter, visit or move to the UK without a visa or a special permit. Although the 2016 Brexit was meant to control and to supervise closely the immigration in the UK, it seems that the process will be put on hold for a certain period of time. Until then, EU citizens can travel to the UK for study purposes or for work. Our immigration solicitors in London can offer assistance and guidance if you are interested in relocating to the UK.

What you need to know before moving to the UK as a EU citizen

The UK has always opened doors for all citizens worldwide who wanted to start a new life in the country, to study, to make a business or to work in the important industries. European Union citizens from Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Slovenia, France, Finland, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Malta, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Romania, Austria or Italy are free to travel and to relocate to the UK without a particular visa. The labor market is still attractive and you can find important jobs in IT, auto industry, financial services, manufacturing, construction or can be part of different interesting projects in the big cities. 

Before making any movement, you should look for a real estate agency in order to rent a suitable house and live in. As a recommendation, people in the UK prefer to rent properties instead of buying them, being a more convenient method. You can find special condominiums for about £400-550, or even more if special features are related.  A real estate agent might ask you to prove you have a job contract and an available address in your home country. 

The next step is to open a bank account in order to receive your income in the UK. Details in this matter and also guidance can be received from your employer or sponsor in the UK, before signing the work contract. You will also receive details about the personal taxes you need to pay in the country. Most foreign and local companies in the UK offer health insurances for all employees, but it is not mandatory. The emergency aid is free for everyone in need.

If there are children involved, it is good to know that the educational system is free in state schools, the authorities, and the government supporting the financial matters. Dealing with a massive wave of immigration since 1997, the UK developed special schools for emigrants where everybody is welcomed and where children will receive access to all aspects related to education and personal development. The UK immigration lawyer can offer details and can explain all the aspects related to the immigration in the country.

Why move to the UK from EU?

Highly skilled immigrants can obtain excellent and well-paid jobs in the UK, in different domains. The medical system in the country seeks for highly experienced doctors and nurses, and the payment will correlate with the qualifications. A high diploma and special certificates are necessary before applying for any job in the UK. Young people can choose to study in the prestigious colleges in the UK. Cambridge College, Sheffield University, London School, Nottingham University are top choices for numerous students from EU.

As a conclusion, EU citizens who want to move to the UK should have a strong idea about the type of jobs they want to accept, about the city they want to live in, about the necessary minimum budget and about the studies and programmes they wish to attend to in the country.

You are invited to contact our team of immigration solicitors in the UK if you want extra details about how to move in the country as a EU citizen.


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