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14th May 2021

Checklist for relocating to England

In our previous blog we covered the Visa application process, in case you missed it you can click here to read further. It will inform you on how to obtain your Visa, and once you have sorted out your Visa, it will be easier to plan accordingly for your new adventure.

Now that you have secured your teaching job and decided to make the move and relocate to the UK; there are a number of things you will need to be aware of in order to make your transition as smooth as possible. 

I don’t know about you but I personally find packing and boxing of belongings a taxing process. Adding onto relocating to a new country by yourself or with a family is already stressful. This brings us to our first suggestion – sign up with a Relocation specialist. Relocation specialists assist you with everything related to your relocation to the UK – they physically move your valuable possessions to your new international home with ease and reassurance.

Here are a few Relocation specialists to check out:

With any move, managing finances is crucial in order to make sure you are able to provide financial support for yourself and your family. Should you be planning on staying in the UK for a short-term period, transferring money internationally speedily and efficiently is key. You can explore the different money transfer options available:

If you are planning to stay longer in the UK, you should consider looking at the banking options available and how to open a bank account in the UK. It is also a good idea to find out how your Pension can be transferred from South Africa to the UK, and whether your investments will be affected at all. To be knowledgeable on how the UK tax system  works is also essential for you to be aware of as it differs from South Africa. In addition, with so many uncertainties in the times we are living in, it is best to make sure that your family’s belongings have been protected and sorted out with the insurance premium of your choice. The UK has a publicly-owned health service called the National Health Service (NHS) that is free for all UK-residents, so it is important to ensure that you and your family have the right health cover in place. Many expats in the UK decide on Health Insurance to protect themselves and their families, the following health insurance providers have various options to choose from – Allianz and Cigna Global

There are many factors that one needs to consider before making the big move to a new country in pursuing your career, from finding a comfortable place to live either in a London townhouse or perhaps somewhere rural in the picturesque market town of Arundel. Should you be relocating to the UK with kids, researching educational opportunities ahead of time is pivotal as you want to give them the best start on their schooling. There’s a guide to average prices of grocery shopping in the UK here! The UK has quality of both public or private education within their system, so you will have many options to choose from. This leaves everyone feeling a bit at peace with the move, knowing that the big responsibilities have been taken care of. 

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