Moving to London is not something that you can do overnight, and you’ll want to make sure you have everything sported out in terms of paperwork and official documentation before you arrive. Not only will you feel better about the experience of moving to London if you have everything you need before you arrive, but you’ll find it much easier to open a bank account and negotiate a lease on a apartment if you have all you ducks in a row!
Count Down Checklist for Your Moving To London
Regardless of when you are intending on moving, these are the items that you should get done immediately before you even think about booking your transatlantic flight tickets.
Visa Vitals: Makes sure you sort out your visa before you arrive, you do not want to get caught at Heathrow without the correct visas, which will enable you to live and work in England. If you are moving for work then your employer may be able to help you get the correct visa, but you will have to ensure that your spouse and family have the correct visas as well. This is particularly important if you are traveling with dependents over the age of 18. Even if you have someone organizing your visas for you it is wise to check with the official website to make sure you fulfill all of the requirements.
Make sure that your passport is valid, and is valid for at least six months after the date that you travel. You will be able renew your passport at your Embassy, but you may be refused entry into the UK if your passport is going to expire within the next six months. Also check that you have at least three blank passport pages in your current passport.
Start researching your new city whenever you have the time. Contact any people you know who are living here and get their advice and contact details and tell them you WILL contact them when you arrive in the city. It can be the start of your new social circle and can stop you feeling so homesick if you do know a couple of people who have made the leap across the pond.