How to Move to the UK in 9 Months or Less: What we did. What to do BEFORE YOU LEAVE - including the 24 hours before you arrive in the UK. Establish Your New Life in the UK in 8 Weeks or Less: How we did it. What to do AFTER YOU ARRIVE - including the first 24 hours in the UK.
Having a settlement strategy when you arrive in the UK will help you get established as soon as possible. Time is money as they say. The longer you take to get settled, the more money it will cost you. Temporary accommodation alone will eat a massive hole in your cash.
You’ve got some big decisions to make. Where will you live? What are your accommodation requirements? Will you have a car or will you be reliant on public transport? Do you need to find a good school for your kids? Do you have a job or will you start searching for employment after you arrive? You’ll also need to do some essential administration as soon as possible including opening a bank account and registering for a National Insurance Number.
From the day our parents told us "It's time for a new chapter in our lives", my emotions and opinion on the subject have been a mixture of empathy and apathy.
You may be aware of what it's like to move house or towns as a child. That massive drop in your chest when you realise that you are leaving all of your friends and connections behind for a new start. Even if it's just across the road in a different street. Change can be tough.