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Young people choose the UK to study, but professionals choose it because of its job opportunities.

There is no doubt why Australians are interested in moving to the UK. The United Kingdom is home to diverse cuisines, shopping centers, museums, and universities. Every part of the country is an excellent place to live in. 

Young people choose the UK to study, but professionals choose it because of its job opportunities. Immigrating to the UK is quite a giant leap. It is pretty expensive, and there are a lot of factors that you need to consider. There is a tedious visa application, relocation, finding a house, health insurance, and many more. 

Australians can stay in the UK for up to six months without applying for a visa. But for permanent residence and employment, you need to secure an appropriate visa type. If you have thought about moving, this article will give you an idea of what and how to prepare for it.

Prepare important documents
Aside from a passport, you also need to apply for a visa. The type of visa you will apply for depends on why you are moving to the UK. If you are a student and plan to take a program of more than six months, you must apply for a student visa. 

A skilled worker visa is applied by employees who a company has offered in the UK to work. You may apply for a high-value worker visa if you are a leader in your industry. There are different types of visas for individuals coming from Australia. Documentary requirements may also differ for each type. 

Applications and payments can be made online. If you are moving to the UK for employment, you may apply three months before your start date. However, you will still need to visit a visa application center for biometric registration and have your photograph taken. For people coming from Hobart or Adelaide, you are required to post your passport and other documents. 

If your parents were born in the UK and are Australian citizens, you can stay and work in the UK without any restrictions. 

Understand the cost of living 
Necessities and utilities are pretty lower in Australia than in the UK. However, rent in the UK is more affordable than in Australia. Depending on where you will stay and your lifestyle, the cost of living might be higher than what you expect. If you are on a budget, try to find a home that is not in London. 

You might be get surprised by your utility bills in the UK. The weather in the country can be extremely cold sometimes, which means you need to use your heater more frequently than usual. 

Get a healthcare coverage
The UK provides access to its residents to the National Health Service. It is free healthcare access provided by the government. However, many are still considering getting separate private health insurance since you have to wait for long periods if you need to have a doctor’s appointment. Dental services are also included in the NHS, but you still have to pay a small fee. 

Some doctors and dentists have their policies for immigrants, even if you are eligible for NHS. Some require specific qualifications for their patients, while some do not accept non-UK citizens.

Setup a bank account
You are required to have a local address before you can set up a bank account in the UK. You may use your future office address or, if possible, a relative's or a friend’s residential address. You have to get a bank account before moving to the country since it is required when you pay for your accommodation or anything that requires advance payment. 

There are many international banks in the UK, and some offer to open an account for free. If your bank in Australia is also available in the UK, setting up an account and transferring your funds is much easier. 

Find an accessible accommodation
Finding the best place to live in the UK is easy. Almost everything is accessible. Schools, major roads, bus stations, and business hubs can be reached easily. Living outside the city is relatively cheaper than renting a flat in London. Alternatively, you can search for rentals around Scotland or Northern England. 

It is recommended to rent out first before purchasing a property in the UK. It allows you to get an experience of the area for a while. If you are living alone, you may opt to rent a studio-type unit or rent a room in a larger property and just share a portion of the payment of the utilities.

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