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Move to the UK Checklist (in 9 Months or Less)

Move to the UK Checklist: Before You Leave

The Move to the UK Checklist is one-half of the Ultimate Checklist and covers what to do before you leave. The other half of the Ultimate Checklist is what to do after you arrive in the UK.

We made a New Year’s resolution on 1 January 2016 to move to the UK in September 2016. We gave ourselves 9 months to relocate as a family of four (mum, dad and two kids). We succeeded, so we know it can be done. Moving to the UK in as little as 3 months is possible. It will depend on your circumstances.

How to use the Move to the UK Checklist

Moving overseas is a major project, so a simple checklist of ‘sell your stuff’, ‘save money, ‘pack your bags’ … the plan won’t cut it. You need to consider what to do as well as how, when and where you can get information and assistance.

After finishing this post series, I’ll prepare a simplified checklist (one or two pages) that doesn’t have much detail. I’m hoping to be done in the coming months. The simplified checklist will probably have a tick box for things like ‘Get UK Visa’, ‘Get a quote from furniture removals company’ and ‘Book flights’.

Your Relocation Plan: What to do before you leave your home country

If you have a question that isn’t answered, simply leave your question in the comments below or send us an email.

Do you have the right attitude and mindset?

  • A positive mindset (thoughts, opinions, beliefs) and attitude (behaviour) are absolutely necessary to survive the ordeal of moving overseas. In your mind, do you believe that you have the knowledge and resources to make your move a success? Do you have the desire and expectation that your move will be a success in your heart?

Article: Moving Overseas – Attitude And Mindset

Do you need a visa?

Article: UK Visas – Are You Eligible To Live And Work In The UK?

  • There are several visa options that allow you to visit, study, work and live permanently in the UK. If you’re a Commonwealth citizen and have a grandparent who was born in the UK, consider applying for a UK Ancestry Visa.

Breakdown of costs: UK Ancestry Visa

Article: The total cost of a UK Ancestry visa

  • The costs involved in applying for a UK Ancestry visa. It isn’t just the cost of a visa! You’ll need to save at least AUD 7,000 – 12,000 per applicant. Breakdown of mandatory and optional costs.

Article: Additional costs of moving to the UK

  • Coming soon

Applying for a UK Ancestry Visa

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Travel And Insurance – What You Need To Do Before Booking A Flight

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Moving Overseas – Who Needs To Know?

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Use It Or Lose It – Medical Benefits In Your Home Country

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Finance Your Overseas Dream – How To Save Money And Spend Less

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Personal Possessions – What You Want Vs What You Need

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Clothing For A Different Climate – Tips And Tricks To Survive The UK’s Weather

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Get Your Things To The UK – Baggage Limits, Excess Luggage And Shipping

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Accommodation In The UK – Temporary And Permanent Options

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Getting Around – Hire Cars And Public Transport In The UK

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How To Tell Your Boss You’re Moving Overseas – Work Options

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Prepare Yourself For Employment In The UK  

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How To Tell Your Kids They’re Moving Overseas – Prepare Them For Change

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Your Last 24 Hours – The Final Countdown

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Move to the UK Checklist: After You Arrive

Next Checklist >> What To Do AFTER YOU ARRIVE – Including The First 24 Hours In The UK

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