London is without any doubt one of the best places to live in the world. There are world class restaurants, museums, parks as well as a wide range of job prospects in a panoply of fields. However, moving to London can be quite a hassle if not planned properly. To save you from making a faux – pas, be sure you know these fundamentals about relocating to London before hopping on a plane.
The very first thing you should consider doing when thinking about moving to the United Kingdom is to apply for a visa. Applying for a visa can be quite time consuming as well as costly if you are not going as a student and on top of that, there are two different types of work visa.
Tier 2 General Work Visa are for those moving to London who have been offered a position in a company. For such a visa, you will need a licensed sponsor to vouch for you and the job must meet certain salary requirements. You will also need to have proof that you have approximately £1000 in savings for the past three months.
Tier 2 Intra-Company Transfer visas are for those moving to London as part of an internal transfer for a company they are already appointed. The job will need to meet certain salary requirements and you will have to prove that you have sufficient funds in your bank account.
If you don’t qualify for a work visa, your next best option would be a tier 1 visa, but you will need to prove that you have an extremely high amount of funds in your bank account to be eligible.
If you want to live in the centre of London, expect to keep a large sum of money to pour in rent. The average rental price in London is about £665.87 a week. If you want to save on rent, you might want to look for a shared apartment or reside further from the city centre.
London is quite renowned for its transport flexibility as well as its lack of parking spaces. You might want to consider leaving your car at home or selling it instead of moving your wheels to London since the city has extremely reliable public transportations.
Moving to London can be quite expensive but definitely not an impossible dream to realise.