Moving to the UK

How to plan your move.

Moving to the UK

Relocating to the UK for work, study or to join loved ones is a dream for many people.

The economy, education system and standard of living are all world-class.

Look beyond the unpredictable weather, and you’ll see Britain offers a breathtaking combination of bustling city life, outstanding countryside, a stunning coastline and a lot more in between.

With the right information, you can take the next steps to plan your move to start a new life in the UK.

What are the visa requirements for moving to the UK? 

From the start, you’ll need to check what kind of visa you need.

The legal requirements for moving to the UK vary depending on factors such as your nationality, your reason for coming to the UK and how long you want to stay for.

No matter where you’re from, you will need a valid passport to enter the UK

If you have a valid British citizen passport, you are free to enter the UK and remain for as long as you wish.

Nationals of non-European Economic Area countries, such as the US, Australia, China and Canada, will have to apply for permission to come to the UK, such as through a work, study or family visa.

Once in the country, you will have to comply with the terms of your visa, by only carrying out permitted activities and either extending your visa or leaving the UK before your visa expires.

Coming to the UK after 1 January 2021

Britain left the European Union on 31st January 2020 and entered a transition period until the end of the year.

No longer a part of the EU, UK immigration rules are undergoing considerable change, which is affecting how European citizens can come to Britain from 2021.

EU citizens can, until 31st December 2020, enter the UK without restriction. To retain your right to remain here after Brexit, you will need to register under the EU settlement scheme by 30 June 2021.

From 1st January 2021, EU citizens looking to come to Britain will first need to apply for a visa under the UK’s new points-based immigration system, in the same way as non-EEA nationals.

How to move to the UK

If you’re planning to emigrate to the UK in the next 12 months, make sure you are up to date with what is happening with UK visas and applications.

Our moving to the UK information tells you all you need to know about relocating to Britain, including guidance on planning your move, which visa is best for you and how to start preparing for your new life in the UK.

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