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Countdown to the UK checklist

Our checklist will ensure that you’re prepared to make your big move.


8 weeks before you go

  • Check that your passport is valid for at least six months after you land and that you have plenty of blank pages for travel visas and immigration stamps.
  • Confirm that your flight ticket and relevant visa documents are in order. If you still need a visa, call 1st Contact Visas to get your application underway.
  • Purchase your Kickstart Package to get your UK bank account, NI number and other benefits.
  • Send your CV to 1st Contact for free job assistance with top recruitment agencies in London.
  • If you plan on travelling further from the UK, consider joining a frequent flyer scheme. Earning points is an easy way to save money.
  • Ensure all your financial obligations are up to date e.g. tax returns, change of address, contact and payment details.
  • If you have excess baggage, visit 1st Contact Shipping to get a quote to transport your goods.

6 weeks before you go

  • Organise a will and power of attorney with a family lawyer. This will enable someone you trust to act on your behalf in your absence.
  • Ensure you have copies of your CV, passport and all-important paperwork saved to a digital drive.
  • Check with your mobile phone provider to see if your phone is unlocked for use in the UK and Europe.
  • Visit the dentist before you leave home, as UK dentistry is pricey.

4 weeks before you go

  • If you are travelling to the UK via other countries, confirm any relevant visas for entry clearance and required vaccinations.
  • If you've purchased a Kickstart package, book your seat at one of our Life in the UK Sessions.
  • Notify the post office, bank and credit card companies of your new forwarding address, directed to your power of attorney.
  • If you are a landlord, inform the utilities companies of your departure date and ensure that all outstanding bills are settled.
  • If you rent, ask your landlord for a reference as this will be invaluable when looking for accommodation in the UK.
  • Notify your council and/or government that you'll be unable to vote due to travels. This is particularly important for Australians, who might be liable for a fine.

3 weeks before you go

  • Collect your bank statements for the past three months to prove you have sufficient funds to support yourself.
  • Organise your accommodation for when you arrive in the UK.
  • Change your CV to a UK format, as it will be rejected if it's in the wrong format. If you're not sure of how to set it up, upload your documents to 1st Contact Job Assistance and they'll advise you if any changes need to be made.
  • Be sure to take all information and documentation relating to your tax file number with you.
  • If you've purchased one of our Kickstart packages, contact our team and arrange to collect it at our London office.

2 weeks before you go

  • Arrange travel insurance, as it can be difficult to do so after arriving in the UK.
  • Organise storage for your belongings while you're away.
  • Cancel gym memberships and close any accounts.

1 week before you go

  • Start to pack.
  • Say your goodbyes and get to the airport early.
Download a printable copy of our pre-departure checklist here.
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