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Moving to the UK from Australia

The UK has always been a popular destination for Australians wanting to start a new life. Whether it be England, Ireland, Scotland or Wales, moving to the UK is always a destination that will somewhat feel a little like home for Aussies due to the significant number of expats living there.

Depending on which part of the world you’re moving to, there are always a few specific tips and tricks that can be shared to ensure a smooth, hassle-free moving process. Overseas Packers & Shippers is an international moving company that specialises in moving Australians to the UK, being one of the most frequent destinations we move our clients to. Therefore, we’ve decided to share our moving to UK from Australia checklist below.

Research, Research, Research:

The first step in the process, no matter where you’re moving to should always be to thoroughly research the country and get a good understanding of what life will be like when you move. While there are many wonderful places in the UK to live, it’s important to choose a destination based on what’s going to suit your lifestyle and work, not just where you might want to live. For example, work opportunities in London are generally reflected in the city’s high cost of living, while northern areas of England are much more affordable.

Below are some good points to start your research:

  • Cost of Living
  • Job Opportunities
  • Healthcare
  • Schooling (if you have children)
  • Housing Market

Organise your Visa:

The great thing about moving from Australia to the UK is that Australia has a number of reciprocal agreements with the UK and therefore more visas available. Some of the most common visas Australians can move to the UK on are, but not limited to:

  • UK Ancestry (grandparents were born in the UK)
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility (between ages 18-30)
  • Right to Abode/ UK Passport (parents born in the UK)
  • Spousal Visa
  • Student Visa with limited working hours
  • Investor/ set up own business
  • Exceptional Talent

It’s important to remember that the type of visa you select will always depend on your reasoning for moving to the UK, and your work and study intentions.

Job Search in the UK:

Once you have your visa sorted, you can begin to look for a job in your new city. Another fantastic thing about moving to the UK from Australia is that it is usually not difficult to find a job. In fact, there has even been a significant increase in hiring expats due to shortage of qualified employees. On the UK Government website, there is a list that details occupations that have a nationwide shortage. If you’re qualified in one of these areas it might be easier to find a job.

Moving your Belongings from Australia to the UK:

Perhaps one of the most daunting tasks when moving overseas is packing up your belongings and sending them to your new home. It can be a big task to trust a company to safely move your precious items overseas without you being able to see them the entire way. At Overseas Packers & Shippers, we can pack all your belongings for you and completely customise our services to your needs.

Moving your Car from Australia to the UK:

As everywhere in the world has different laws around the roadworthiness of a car, you will need to take steps to ensure your vehicle is safe to drive on UK roads. If you don’t comply with these procedures, it will be very difficult to have your vehicle approved to enter the UK. Overseas Packers & Shippers can assist with helping you move your vehicle to the UK, ensuring you meet all the necessary requirements.

For moving your car to the UK, there is an online Transfer of Residence application that prospective expats should complete. Overseas Packers & Shippers have an customs instruction sheet detailing the steps you need to take to ensure your application is processed properly. Unfortunately, due to piracy reasons, Overseas Packers & Shippers are unable to assist you with completing the form, however, we are happy to answer any questions you have along the way.  

Overseas Packers & Shippers are family owned and operated international moving company with over 40 years of experience moving clients all over the world including moving Australians to the UK.

 To enquire about your move, contact one of our friendly team on 1300 732 686 or fill in our Quick Quote Form to get an online estimate.