Research your profession in the UK
It is important you research what you need to do to allow you to work in your profession in the UK. Some professions may not require you to do anything while others may require you to sit a test, fill out paper work that could take months to process or in a worst case scenario your qualifications may not be recognised in the UK and therefore you may have to consider other work whilst in the UK.
To find out what you need to practice your profession contact industry association bodies and relevant industry recruitment agencies that can give you specific guidance.
Organise a relevant Visa/Passport that will allow you to work in the United Kingdom
If you are a National (passport holder) from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland you are eligible to work in the United Kingdom. This link explains the rights of European citizens to work in the UK, Bulgarian and Romanian nationals need to apply for permission.
Those people who are not EEA Nationals may still be eligible to work in the UK but will need to obtain a working visa. These are split into various categories these being high-value migrants, Skilled workers, temporary workers, workers and business people from Turkey, other categories and Commonwealth nationals with UK ancestry. For information regarding UK working Visa click on this link.
Students can also work in the UK although are restricted with the hours they can work.
Things to do once you have booked your ticket
Booking Short Term Accommodation
If you don’t have any friends that you can stay with than you will need to book accommodation, some options for sourcing this accommodation are listed below.
Scan and save your important documents
Any important documents such as passports, birth certificates, job references, insurance policies should be scanned and if possible saved in your email account so you can access them anytime online around the world. Important documents such as your original birth certificate are best left behind in a place easy for friends/family to locate if needed again.
Prepare for your job search
There are quite a few things you can do to make sure you hit the ground running with your job search and could even help you be one of the lucky ones who secures a job before they arrive. Go to our finding a job section for more detailed advice.
- Update your CV and prepare versions targeting the specific jobs you are seeking.
- Place your CV on relevant job sites (remember to amend once you have landed with UK phone and contact details).
- Develop a list of relevant agencies to contact on arrival.
- Use Linkedin to source companies and contacts you may wish to approach direct. Update your profile.
Things to do once you arrive in London
Moving to London is not as daunting as it may seem. This article provides basic tips on what you need to organise on your arrival to help you hit the ground running such as organising a oyster card, getting a bank account, applying for a national insurance number, getting a mobile phone number/Sim card, finding work, finding a place to live and registering with a doctor.
For more specific tips and advice on the things you need to organise when arriving in London read further below.
Get an Oyster card
Having an Oyster Card will help making travelling London's public transport system cheaper than buying individual tickets. An Oyster card can be obtained at any London Underground Station. For more information go to the Transport for London website.
Get a UK mobile Sim Card/Phone
One of the first things to do when you arrive is to get a UK sim card/phone so you can be contacted. To do research to make sure you get the best deal we suggest the following websites: Mobiles Phones Direct and USwitch. Note being new to the UK you may struggle to get a contract deal initially, meaning could only have access to pay as you go deals. Giff Gaff is a service provider that provides some excellent pay as you go deals.
If you need to get your mobile Unlocked this service is online and gives you the instructions to unlock the phone yourself.
Organise a UK Bank Account
Getting your first bank account in the UK can at times be a touch frustrating, however it is not as hard as some relocation companies make out who charge for this service. Save money and go direct, you will need your passport and proof of address.Your employer or recruitment agencies can often help you get started by providing you with a letter as proof of your address.
Organise a National Insurance Number
This is a number that will be unqiue to yourself and tracks your tax payments and national insurance contributions. It is likely you will need to make an appointment, click on the link for the information on applying for a national insurance number.
Register with a NHS Medical Centre (Doctor)
To see a specific doctor you will need to register with a NHS medical centre. To do this you will need a permanent address so wait until you get settled. If you need medical attention in the interim, NHS hospitals have walk in treatment centres which do not require you to register.
Find a place to live in London
If you have short term accommodation you are happy with it can be worth waiting until you have found employment or have an understanding of the likely area you will be working in before committing to any long term accommodation. This is so you don't get stuck with a ridiculously time consuming commute to work. For specific tips and advice on finding a place to live go to our Find a Place to live page.