Moving To The UK To Work? Here's What You Need To Know

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Moving to the UK has now been thrown into question by many people who originally planned to move here, thanks to the Brexit referendum held in June 2016 that dictated the United Kingdom was to leave the European Union. This spawned an explosion of commentary from all sides of the political spectrum, and for the normal, working person, this was hard to keep up with. It’s not difficult to assume that honest, hardworking people are worried about their plans when it comes to one day moving into the United Kingdom for work, or to live and hopefully one day become a citizen of a culture some might idolise. 

However, despite Article 50 being triggered which means Britain has two years to dictate the terms of its policy, until then, Britain is still in the EU. This means that if you plan to work here, you still have time to do so for those two years, as long as you keep on top of the news and remain aware that your position in the UK isn’t guaranteed permanently. Here are a few handy tips that anyone moving to the United Kingdom can learn. The uncertainty of Brexit makes it impossible to give concrete, grounded answers for the future, and so to stay on top of it, it’s best to consult with an immigration law firm to help you through the litigation you need to be aware of when the changes ARE implemented.

If you’re not in an EU country, you require a VISA for pass. Your visa eligibility will depend on how long you plan to stay in the country, your express intent for a visit, if you have the correct funds to support yourself during a stay, and if you have any criminal history in your country of origin. These things will either affect negatively or positively your acceptance into the country, and will dictate the terms of how you are interviewed by border patrol. If you have a checkered past or seem unscrupulous, you can expect to be sent on the first flight home. Make sure you have the right type of VISA. A six-month tourist visa is usually customary for someone who plans to live in the country without working. Be warned though, to reduce net migration the government might cut this in due course, again emphasising the practical utility of an immigration lawyer at your side. 

Make sure that you are honest and upfront with immigration control and provide any necessary documentation to those who require it. Also make sure that the company you are arriving to work for is supportive of your application and requires a stringent check. If you are an EU national, Philip Hammond, Conservative Chancellor of the Exchequer has confirmed that you will be able to stay in the UK with full rights up until the date of Brexit. This is worth knowing because you can still squeeze a good amount of time before the Brexit negotiations are fully sealed. Stay on top of all news presented, and keep aware of your position. You might be able to glean some value from the UK as of yet.

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