Relocating to the UK

There
is a lot to take in when moving home, changing your contact details, packing up
all your belongings and registering at a new school, dentist or doctor if
applicable. We had enough trouble just
moving down the road, but if you change country then the whole experience can
be ten times as stressful, so make sure you plan in advance.

It is easier if you make a checklist then you can tick off
things as you do them and feel a real sense of achievement as you manage to get
further down the list. Being organised
stops you from feeling overwhelmed which can easily happen when dealing with
such a drastic life change. It also
pays to do your research; it’s sensible to populate your checklist with
thorough information from the Internet or other sources so you do not miss
anything important. With so much going
on it’s quite easy to skip a vital step.

Registering
with the NHS is pretty essential when you first move to the UK and you can find
more advice regarding this on the Lebara website. If you have an ongoing medical condition it
seems silly to wait until it flares up to register with the NHS, even if your
not asthmatic, diabetic or dealing with some other chronic illness you might
still catch a nasty bug and not want to delay seeing a doctor. Plus you might need to get more medication to stay well, so its worth ticking this off your list straight away.

Equally
important is applying for a school space for your children, the majority of
schools are free to attend thankfully and you can get a list of the state
schools and places from the education department in the area you have moved
to. Your children might initially be
bewildered attending a new school and it can help to familiarise them with the
school before their first day. But
hopefully they will soon settle in to the routine, make new friends and adapt
to life in a different country.

Don’t
forget to open a UK bank account to manage your finances, you will have to show
proof of your address as part of the application process. Hopefully by registering for your national
insurance number by contacting the Jobcentre Plus and applying for lots of jobs
you will soon have wages to go into your new bank account!

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