Ten things to know about moving to the UK

Author: IAS Services

The appeal of the United Kingdom has had people flocking to the White Cliffs of Dover for centuries. Whether it’s the natural beauty of the countryside, or the culture of the cosmopolitan cities, moving to the UK is a dream for many. So before making the big move across the pond, here are a few things you should know:

Be prepared for the weather

While some stereotypes about England are untrue (we don’t all know the Queen) the unpredictable and often drizzly weather is a staple of life in the UK. Be prepared to walk to work with an umbrella and walk home in the sunshine. Also, British people will take advantage of the sunny weather, whether it’s in the park or the pub.

Free movement of labour stops in 2019

The government has announced they are bringing an end to free movement of people between the UK and the EU by the time the country withdraws from the European Union. This will mean if you’re planning on moving to the UK from the EU then you will need probably need a visa; and if you’re already in the UK and you’re planning to go on holiday to the EU, you’ll probably need a visa.

Spouse Visas change requirements

If you’re coming to the UK for love, then you will need to pay the price; the minimum income required in order to sponsor your spouse or partner to come to the UK was set in July 2012 by the Home Office at £18,600; however, there are current exceptions, such as the legitimate promise of financial support, or solid offer of employment.

The Humour

If you’re moving to the UK, you’ll quickly need to learn about the quintessential British humour that will surround you. Jokes can veer from the self-deprecating to the almost insulting, but it’s mostly said with good intentions; and make sure you become fluent in sarcasm.

Brexit isn’t set in stone yet

Although there are many claims about the movement of people to and from Europe, these are not definitely carved into the eventual removal of the UK from the European Union. Three years ago, no-one would predict that we’d be in this position, so it’s important for anyone coming to the UK to embrace the unpredictability of the country in the current climate.

Foreign business is thriving

There are plenty of opportunities to make the most out of an investment when you’re moving to the UK. With sectors such as finance and tech booming in London and the Northern Powerhouse forming, smart investors can really expand their opportunities following Brexit.

Investing got more expensive

If you’re coming into the UK because you’ve noticed a gap in the UK market, take a close look at the requirements for the investors’ visas. As of 2014, the required funding for investing in the UK doubled from one million Pounds to two million.

It’s going to be difficult to travel the EU

Many British people enjoy their holidays abroad, with Spain and Portugal being two of the main destinations, however, EU negotiations could make it more difficult for UK citizens to travel to the EU; and visas may be needed longer-term.

Make sure your Student Visa is correct

If you’re coming to the UK to study at one of the many world class universities, you should make sure you’re on the right Student Visa. If you’re staying for a term or six months (11 months if you’re studying the English Language) then you need a Student Visitor Visa, however, if you’re staying longer, you’ll need the General Student Visa.

You’re going to have an amazing time

The UK is in a transitional period, meaning that a lot of things are going to change in the coming months and years, but what won’t change is the British spirit. Despite political rhetoric and certain

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