How to Move from Dubai to the UK

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Are you planning on moving from Dubai to the United Kingdom? We all know the burden of an international relocation but when it is time to pack your belongings for a better opportunity or a change of environment, moving to the UK holds a world of adventure.

If you are considering finding a job, or you may be visualising yourself living permanently in the UK, this guide will help you prepare for a smooth and hassle-free transition.

Check your eligibility.

With the recent move toward BREXIT, will you still be allowed to live and work in the UK? Find out if you are eligible to go to the UK with or without a visa. Also, if you are moving from Dubai to the UK to secure a job, take an IELTS test to be eligible to work.

Are you financially prepared?

Make sure your expenses are covered while you are still searching for a job or settling in Britain. Evaluate your budget carefully. The costs of your expenses will vary depending on where you plan to live. London is expensive, so adding a 40% overhead cost will save you from going broke looking for work. You can still cut your cost by living outside the capital. If you have a bank account in the UK, do not forget to transfer your funds and close your Dubai bank account.

What type of visa do you need?

Visa4UK is an online tool that aims to help expatriates who want to visit or work in the UK to have a simpler and clearer visa application. Whether you’re moving to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you can check what visas you require for immigration.

Are you a returning citizen?

Going back to the UK after years of living and working abroad means you will be acquiring the rights of a British citizen once again. Before returning, be prepared to settle your taxes. You can register for a self-assessment to check your records and the calculation of the taxes you are due. If you have been outside the UK within the past five years, your wage is not deemed taxable, only the income from your investment and other assets.

Find out more about the tax returns with a self-assessment of your situation.

Are you moving with your family?

There are many factors to consider, especially if you are relocating with your family. Before taking the big leap, make sure you have planned where you want to live. However, you may find after 6 months in your neighbourhood, there is an area more suited to your family. Remember, nothing is set in stone and you can move around the UK once you’ve arrived. You need to check if there any nearby schools or universities in the area you intend to reside. Is it safe for kids? Is the community diverse enough?

Are your properties and paperwork in Dubai settled?

Before leaving the United Arab Emirates, acquire all the clearance documents you will need, i.e. bank, school, utility, and tenancy clearances. Relocating hassle-free from Dubai is possible if you have planned your move appropriately. Secure a reliable mover like Allied to handle your furniture and even your visas if you require some help doing so. Contact your international movers as early as possible to avoid cramming tasks in the last weeks. Allied can also guide you on how to swiftly relocate to the UK.

Moving from Dubai to the UK might take a lot of work but your efforts are made simpler by being properly informed. Arm yourself with plenty of knowledge and involve your family members in planning for your move.