Moving abroad can be as exciting as it is intimidating. Once you have decided to move overseas, you need to do several things for studying, life, work, or retirement. So here we outline some advice to make the transition a little smoother.
Who do you need to inform?
Once you have made your decision to move abroad, you must inform:
- HM Revenue & Customs (national insurance, self-assessment tax return)
- Local authority (council tax bill etc.)
- Mortgage provider
- Utilities providers (gas, electricity, water and broadband)
- Post Office (mail redirection)
- Medical services (your GP and dentist)
- Student Loans Company (Student Loans Company)
- Visa (if you’re moving for work, your employer might be able to help you with this)
- Birth certificate
- National Insurance Number
- Medical records
- Driving licence
- Qualifications for job/work permit
Get your document legalised
You can get certain official UK documents ‘legalised’ by asking the Legalisation Office to confirm that the signature, stamp or seal is from a UK public official. You might need to do this if an official in another country has asked you to provide a UK document, and they’ve said it must be legalised.
Create a checklist of things you need to do
- Check your passport is valid
- Apply for work permits and visas
- Set a budget for settling in costs
- Tax planning
- Complete a health check
- Organise storage and/or shipping
- Set up your banking
- Gather key documents
- Pay all your bills
- Consider travel insurance
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