Kickstart: Helping Aussies get started in the UK

If you are planning on moving to the UK, you’re going to need a little bit of help getting there and starting up your new life. Our Classic Kickstart Package includes just about everything you need to start your new adventure in the UK.

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We get asked so many questions by Australians looking to relocate to the UK: How do I open a bank account? What’s an NI number? How do I get my money from here to there? We designed our Kickstart packages specifically to help solve these problems, so you can get on with enjoying your UK adventure.

How do I apply for my National Insurance number?

Our Easy NINO service is cost effective and hassle free, and we can include it in your Classic Kickstart Package. The benefit of letting us help you get your NI number is that we’ll make sure everything goes smoothly so that you don’t experience any delays.

As part of the Easy NINO service, we will phone the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) on your behalf soon after you arrive in the UK. We’ll get the DWP to mail us all the necessary documentation for your application, which we will pass on to you. Once you’ve completed the formyou will send it to us for checking to avoid any issues with your application form before submitting. We’ll make sure that you get your NI number as soon as possible, without any extra stress.

How do I open a UK bank account?

UK banking institutions require you to go in for a face-to-face appointment to open your bank account. 1st Contact can arrange your bank appointment with one of two of the UK’s leading banks: Lloyds and HSBC. To ensure your account gets opened as soon as possible, we can arrange this appointment for you as soon as you arrive in the UK.

Please note: We are currently unable to assist with opening up UK bank accounts based in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

How do I move my money from Australia to the UK?

With 1st Contact Forex, of course! As a Kickstart client you will be given a voucher code that you can use to redeem one free international money transfer. This means you’ll get to use our affordable and super fast international money transfer service with no strings attached. With us you won’t need to worry about any hidden fees or exorbitant bank fees.

Additional Kickstart benefits

There’s more to our Kickstart Package than just NI numbers, bank accounts and international money transfers.

You’ll get:

  • Accommodation advice, helping you find the perfect place to stay.
  • Discounts and vouchers for tours, drinks and food all over London and the UK.
  • A comprehensive UK guide packed with practical advice and tips.
  • A mobile SIM card, giving you a UK phone number.
  • Free job assistance and CV formatting from our top UK recruiters.

For more information on our Kickstart Package visit our Kickstart page or contact our team directly on kickstart@1stcontact.com.

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  • Remi

    Hi John,

    I came to this country in 2008 and got married to GERMAN lady in 2012. I applied for residence card immediately after the marriage and was given 5years residence documentation in 2012.

    Unfortunately our relationship didn’t last for 5years, The marriage was finally dissolute(divorced) this month. Making 4years and 3months on residence card.

    My question goes this way………

    Now that we’ve officially divorced, What kind of visa would I apply for ? can I apply for ILR or Retain Right of Residence? As I just spent 8years in this country.

    Thanks

  • Remi

    Hi John,

    I came to this country in 2008 and got married to GERMAN lady in 2012. I applied for residence card immediately after the marriage and was given 5years residence documentation in 2012.

    Unfortunately our relationship didn’t last for 5years, The marriage was finally dissolute(divorced) this month. Making 4years and 3months on residence card.

    My question goes this way………

    Now that we’ve officially divorced, What kind of visa would I apply for ? can I apply for ILR or Retain Right of Residence? As I just spent 8years in this country.

    Thanks