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Essential Steps After Obtaining Your Skilled Worker Visa

Jun 18, 2024

After obtaining your UK Skilled Worker Visa, there are several important steps you should take to ensure a smooth transition and make the most of your new opportunity. Here are some suggestions:

1. Find accommodation:

Start looking for suitable accommodation in the UK. Consider factors such as proximity to your workplace, transportation options, and affordability. You can explore various online platforms, consult with local real estate agents, or seek assistance from relocation services.

2. Set up a bank account:

Open a bank account in the UK to manage your finances effectively. Research different banks and compare their services, fees, and benefits. Ensure you have the necessary documents, such as your passport, visa, and proof of address, to complete the account opening process.

3. Register with a National Insurance Number:

Apply for a National Insurance Number (NIN) as soon as possible. This unique identifier is essential for working and accessing public services in the UK. You can apply by contacting Jobcentre Plus or through the official government website.

4. Familiarise yourself with the local culture and customs:

Take the time to learn about the local culture, customs, and etiquette in the UK. This will help you integrate into your new surroundings more easily and build positive relationships with colleagues and neighbours.

5. Network and build professional connections:

Attend industry events, join professional organisations, and connect with colleagues in your field. Networking is crucial for career growth and can help you find job opportunities, gain insights into the job market, and expand your professional network.

6. Explore healthcare options:

Familiarise yourself with the UK's healthcare system and register with a local doctor (General Practitioner or GP). Ensure you understand how to access healthcare services and what is covered by the National Health Service (NHS).

7. Understand your rights and responsibilities:

Educate yourself about your rights and responsibilities as a skilled worker in the UK. Familiarise yourself with employment laws, tax obligations, and other legal requirements. This will help you navigate the system and ensure compliance with regulations.

8. Settle any administrative tasks:

Update your address with relevant authorities, such as the Home Office, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), and your employer. Notify your previous country's tax authorities about your move and any changes in your tax residency status.

9. Explore the local area:

Take the time to explore your new surroundings, discover local attractions, and immerse yourself in the culture. This will help you feel more at home and make the most of your time in the UK.

10. Stay informed about immigration updates by checking our news updates page

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