If you are planning your relocation to London there are a few governmental and legal matters that you need to attend to before you consult with a London relocation services company about finding an apartment. People planning to enter the United Kingdom are subject to conform to the immigration rules. Check with your local British Embassy, British High Commission or British Consulate for the latest conditions.
The official UK Government website carries a list of the addresses of most British Embassy addresses and phone numbers. You will also find detailed information about visa requirements, application, rules, helpful travel and health advice, and local information.
If you are planning your relocation to London from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or the US you will need a work permit to work in the UK, but do not need a visa for stays of up to six months. If you are moving to London for longer than six months, you will have to purchase a visa from the British consulate in your home country. Tourist visas cost £36. Visas come in different varieties and depend on why you plan on coming to the UK and from where you are coming.
Citizens of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US need valid passports to enter the UK and re-enter their home countries. Britain does not allow entrance if the holder’s passport expires in under six months. Returning home with an expired passport is illegal and may result in a fine. You can apply for a passport before your relocation to London at any passport office or at selected post offices and courts of law. Citizens of these countries may also download passport applications from the official website of their country’s government or passport office. Any new passport or renewal applications must be filed well in advance of the departure date.
Photocopy the page of your passport with your photo, as well as your visas, traveller’s check serial numbers, and any other important documents. Carry one set of copies in a safe place, apart from the originals, and leave another set at home. Consulates also recommend that you carry an expired passport or an official copy of your birth certificate in a part of your baggage separate from other documents.
By complying with UK requirements for entrance into the country, you will ensure that your relocation to London is successful.