18 Months To Go
12 months to go
- Plan a visit to investigate the country. If this is not an option, start researching the web, and contact other migrants.
- Take a look at the different regions and cities, and investigate house prices.
- Decide when you will tell friends and family. Older children sometimes need a bit of time to get used to the idea.
- Attend recruitment expos to find out more about potential employment.
- Take a look at your finances and plan how you can best repay debt and save for the move.
- Select a migration agent. Find out what you need to prepare for entry.
- Investigate what type of visa you would be most suitable for.
- Begin to get your house ready for sale or renting out.
6 months to go
- Check your passports are still valid for at least two years.
- Collect all your personal papers, including driver’s licence, birth, marriage and adoption, references for employment and qualifications.
- Talk about your plans with extended family.
- Start the visa application process.
- Put your house on the market.
- Start job hunting and contact companies that match your skills and qualifications.
2 months to go
- Inform schools that your child will be moving to give them time and help them adjust.
- Book your flights.
- Review your pension and research transferal opportunities.
- Talk to a specialist relocation company about assistance in setting up your new life.
- Ask several freight companies for quotes for moving personal effects and furniture.
- Research schools and read their websites.
- Find out what you need to do to ship your pets or find new homes for them.
- Go for your medicals and apply for police checks for visas.
- Sell any unwanted furniture and belongings.
- Ask your employer for your P45, and give formal notice.
- Open a bank account.
- Request credit references from your bank/lending institute.
- Find temporary UK accommodation to bridge the gap between selling your house and leaving.
1 month to go
- Book temporary accommodation and look at property prices.
- Research cost of living and taxes.
- Register your children at their new schools.
- Book your pet’s kennel accommodation.
- Begin goodbye functions and social occasions.
- Give notice to your landlord if necessary.
- Start packing any non-essential items.
- Book hotels and car hire for your first few weeks.
1 week to go
- Give a forwarding address to all official contacts including your bank, passport office, DVLA, Inland Revenue and accountants.
- Cancel accounts for TV, Internet, phone and insurance.
- Bring all your utilities and council tax up-to-date.
- Give away or sell any remaining personal effects.
- Pay off any outstanding debts.
- Arrange for your post to be redirected.
- Transfer funds to your new bank account.
- Confirm bookings with travel agents and freight companies.
- Cancel direct debits coming from your account.
- Ask for a copy of your no claims bonus form from your insurance agency.
- Arrange a web-based email address to make it easy to stay in touch with your family and friends.
1 day to go
- Cancel milk and newspaper delivery.
- Sell your car.
- Cancel car insurance.
- Wind down the goodbye parties, leaving you with a bit of breathing space.
- Finalise packing and ensure your possessions are ready to be sent.
- Arrange any thank you gifts for friends and family who have helped.
- Organise transport to the airport, leaving yourself plenty of time.
- Change money into local currency for spending when you first arrive.
- Purchase little treats for children to keep them entertained on the flight.
- Confirm transport to airport.
- Double check your hand luggage has everything you need.
- Try to have an early night!
1 week later
- Pick up a copy of "On Arrival" magazine at the airport; it contains lots of ideas, information and helpful websites.
- Collect your hire car and check into your accommodation.
- Contact people back home to let them know you have arrival safely.
- Try not to sleep through the day.
- Set up a PAYG mobile phone to start your off - you can buy a cheap SIM card and use it in your UK phone.
- Find your nearest internet cafe for property and area research.
- Take a few days to get over the journey and explore the area.
1 month later
- Get a tax number.
- Contact your new employer to confirm you have arrived.
- Explore the area or suburb you think you would like to live in and ask the locals as many questions as possible.
- Meet with rental agents and start reviewing some accommodation property options.
- Find a solicitor to help with rental or purchase contracts.
- Consider buying a car sooner rather than later. Used cars are cheap if you don't yet qualify for credit.
- Get car insurance.
- Register at a local school and arrange to meet your children's new teachers.
- Get a landline installed and set up internet access.
- Invite your neighbours around for drinks and focus on making new friends for you and your children.
- Review your financial position and transfer more funds if required.
- Set up standing orders for utilities.
- Register for your local doctor and dentist.
- Meet with mortgage brokers to understand your borrowing capacity.
- Visit your children's schools to ensure that they have settled in.
- Identify a reliable plumber, electrician and mechanic in your area.
- Consider re-writing your will.
- Discuss your first month with your employer and resolve any problems that may have cropped up.
- Start to attend social functions or join a sports club.
- Establish a routine and settle into your new life!
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