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5 pieces of advice for Kiwis & Aussies moving to London

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12 Nov 2015
Slowly but surely the  number of Australians and New Zealanders migrating to the United Kingdom on a youth mobility (two year) visa is rising. I myself have left the motherland of vegemite and Fosters, to embark on my stereotypical London life of living with a bunch of Australian bartenders in East London, who jet off to Europe on the weekends. 

However, despite the normality of Aussies and Kiwis disappearing to the Northern Hemisphere for two years, the lack of advice available for those who want to follow suit is scarce. So if you yourself are planning on migrating to the United Kingdom, here are five tips to get you started.

1. Getting a job 
when searching for a job in the UK, most of the time you will go through a recruitment agency; something previously foreign to an Aussie like myself.  A recruiter will match your skill set with the needs of one of their clients, and have you set up working in the UK as quickly as possible. The most important thing to note about agencies, is that when you attend a meeting with them, treat it like an actual job interview. The more professional you treat the registration meeting, the faster the recruiter can see your professionalism and assist in placing you in a workplace.

2. Documents
In line with being agency ready, it is handy to have copies of important documents with you. Before you leave, photocopy and scan copies of your university degrees and other certificates. This way you  will have hard copies in your luggage, and digital copies on your email. Print off a few dozen resumes, some professional, and some for hospitality in case you want some quick and easy work when you first land. Lastly, for both your new agencies, and when setting up a Bank account, you will often need colour copies of your passport and visa - so print some of these as well. 

3. NI number 
Similar to a tax number in Australia, and an IRD number in New Zealand, you are going to need to apply for an NI number in the UK. This is done for free by calling 0345 600 0643. So do not get tricked into paying for a company to do this for you. Also, this process can take up to 6 weeks, so the moment you get off the plane, get on that telephone. 

4. Accommodation 
The London accommodation world is a scary and competitive market. There are many things you should consider when organising your new English home, which you should thoroughly research. The one key thing I want to highlight, that not many people know, is that when you put a 'bond' on your new place, ask the estate agent/landlord to put the money in a 'government-backed tenancy deposit scheme'. By doing this, it means your money is protected by a third party. This means when it is time to get your money back, it is protected from scam artists or landlords who 'don't remember you paying any bond'. 

5. Setting up a bank account  
A bank account is essential for you to set up quickly and begin earning money for your new life in the UK. Provided you have your passport with you when you go, banks like Lloyd's will allow you to set up a bank account the same day. This is where those copies of your passport will come in handy. 

Have you recently arrived in the UK and looking for a job in the legal sector? Why not contact us on 0203 741 8189 to find your latest role.  
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