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European expat guide in the UK


Are you an European who wants to expatriate  in the UK ? here it’s the ultimate European expat guide and everything you need to know.

Some quick facts: the United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and the Northern Ireland; UK is one of the most powerful countries in the world; It is influential in world trade, economics and politics and also has a long and fascinating history, great architecture, great literature,  huge music and fashion industry and football. English people are very friendly  and very polite. Plus, in the UK, you can never be more than 70 miles away from the sea!!!

But, enough said and let’s now see what someone needs to do in order to come in the UK and stay.

First step in this  expat guide in the UK is to get a UK SIM card even before start looking for a job here.

Your resume will look more professional and you can have a UK SIM card either by asking friends or family in the country to buy it for you and send it to you or by buying a UK SIM card from ebay.

One more plus is whether you can show a UK address in your resume, even if it would be for the first  1 or 2 weeks.

Assuming in this expat guide you are European, there are great chances that you are both speaking another European language and English, hence it would be easier for you to get a job that involves your speaking skills.

For me, the best job website is and it is very easy to use.

You can sign up either as a candidate or as a company, but here let’s assume that you are a candidate reading this guide.

You can sign up using either your Facebook account, your LinkedIn account (my preferred option) or your google plus account. If you haven’t any of these accounts, you can simply sign up by using your email.

Then, you can build your profile on Europe language jobs by adding name, surname, contact number, region, sector and of course your resume among other things. You can also add your skills in a separate section and your languages you are speaking. What’s more, you can link your profile with any other profiles or blogs or websites you have so companies can have  access to your work and know you better as a person.

As you proceed completing your profile to the you earn points and this will help you to be visible to more and more companies.

When you complete your profile, the Europe language jobs will match job vacancies with your profile and all you have to do is to apply to any of these jobs that appeals to you.

You can also watch your applications and last but not least, you can read many interesting posts on their blog such as how to dress for a interview or advice and tips for a successful interview. They are really helpful and informative.

Get interviews

When the interview will come, it is most preferably to book the first interview via Skype or FaceTime. If there is no such option with the company policy, then book a date at least after 2 weeks, just to have plenty of time to prepare yourself and find a cheap airfare ticket.

Search for a flight

Immediately after you have arranged an interview, you should start looking for an airfare ticket. There are plenty of sites on the Internet to search for a cheap flight but if you need some help with the flights explorer, you should go and check my previous post.

Go to interviews

You should try and book your flight at least 2  days ahead of your interview so you have plenty of time to get to know the route from wherever you stay to the company’s premises and how much time it will take you to be there. Of course, you can always use google maps or any other navigation app. Plus, if you arrive 2 days before the interview, you will have the chance to practice your english and on the day of your interview, you will talk fluent.

Search for  accommodation

Research, research, research by asking any friends or  family who already live in the country, join Facebook pages that connect people on the area you are looking to stay and/or read one of my latest posts on best places to look for an accommodation.

Get a bank account

Let’s assume you  have passed the interview and you have been accepted.

Now it is time to visit a bank and open a bank account. You can ask the company that  hired you for more information on this one but generally speaking it is not a difficult process. You will only need your passport, a proof of address and your job contract.

Get a NINo

You can only apply for a National Insurance Number once you’re in the UK. You must have the right to work or study in the UK to get a National Insurance number. After your application, Job centre Plus may write to you and ask you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.

The letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity, eg:

– passport or identity card

– residence permit

– birth (or adoption) certificate

– marriage or civil partnership certificate

– driving licence

You’ll be told at the interview how long it’ll take to receive your National Insurance number.

Register yourself to a GP and your pet to a vet

General Practitioners deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.

When you settle in on a flat or apartment in your chosen area, you’ll have to formally register as an NHS patient by submitting a registration form.

When you have completed and returned the form, NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration as a patient with that practice.

Parents or guardians can register a baby at a practice by completing and presenting a form, which is issued at the same time as a birth certificate.

Some GP practices may ask for proof of identity so it is good to have your passport with you when you register, especially when you register children in your care.  However, registration and appointments should not be withheld from you on the basis that you don’t have the necessary proof of address or personal identification at hand. It is not considered a reasonable ground to refuse registration.

For those with four furry legs  friends.

If you have a dog, your dog should have a 15-digit microchip,  will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine and it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country. You should also have the EU pet passport.

Bear in mind that the following breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.

Hope you find my expat guide helpful and informative and I hope I answered most of your questions in the topic.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions and/or ideas on the comment section down below, on my Facebook page or on my Twitter.

With love, Elena


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