What to Consider Before Moving to UK
Updated on Thursday 09th February 2017
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People who wish to relocate to the UK from non-EU countries should verify what kind of visa they need. The EU citizens can freely enter the UK, without having to apply for a visa. Besides that, the costs of living and the main aspects related to any type of moving need to be analyzed with care before making any decision. The UK has always been a friendly country to all migrants who wanted to live and legally work here, and there are suitable conditions and opportunities for personal development. Our immigration solicitors in London can give proper advice and legal aid if you want to apply for a UK visa.
UK visas for non-EU citizens
Any individual who is from non-EU and non-EEA countries needs to apply for a UK visa, which implies particular requirements to consider. A valid passport, a clear criminal background, a medical insurance and bank statements should be provided to the immigration office in the home country. Besides that, if you have successfully applied for a job in the UK, a letter of confirmation would be mandatory when asking for a UK visa, or the certificate of sponsorship. It is good to know that most companies in the UK will deal with the necessary work permit for the foreign employees who have signed the work contract. As a reminder, the EU citizens who decide to move to the UK do not need a visa but they will have to apply for a work permit to legally work in the country. A residence permit will need to be issued as soon as you settle in the country.
Education, property rental, and transportation in the UK
The basic public education is provided by the UK government without any costs, but there are also private schools for about GBP 11,000/year. For about GBP 25,000 you can sign your kid to the boarding school. If you want to study in the UK, there are many prestigious colleges to choose from, with annual rates of about GBP 9,000. Before moving to the UK, it is recommended to get in touch with a real estate agency who can offer you different details and options about the apartments you can rent. A suitable and comfortable apartment in London may costs about GBP 800, but you can also choose to live near the city with about GBP 400-600 for a rented flat. Besides that, you should consider the monthly bills, like gas and electricity which are a little bit more costly than in any other European country. Regarding the food, there are many important markets to choose from and make provisions.
The transportation is one of the most developed in Europe, with subways, railway stations, and buses which connect the entire metropolis with the districts and cities around. For a proper living in the UK, a person should have an annual income of about GBP 15,000. A couple with two children should gain about GBP 38,000 per year.
Job opportunities in the UK
Engineering, construction, healthcare, oil industry, education, and manufacturing are the main areas where EU and non-EU skilled citizens can find work. According to their education and high diploma, they can successfully apply for well-paid jobs, where companies offer besides remuneration, health insurance or even accommodation. A Tier-2 visa will be necessary when applying for a particular job in the UK. You can ask for additional information about the type of visa you need from our UK immigration lawyers.
Move to the UK as a businessman
There are many business opportunities in the UK for all overseas entrepreneurs who want to start their activities in the country. The Tier 1 visa for entrepreneurs is recommended and if the minimum share capital and the business plan are accepted, then you can legally start your business in the UK. But if you are interested in investing in a company already made, you can get in touch with a business broker who can guide you in this matter.
You are invited to contact our team of immigration lawyers in London if you need extra details about what to consider before moving to the UK.