25 Sep 18

Moving to London? These are the legal requirements

Expats the world over look to London as a beacon of multiculturalism. It is a shining star to people across the globe, and so the desire to live in the city is almost unparallel. However, the act of moving isn’t as easy as you would hope; and, with Britain set on leaving the EU, finding correct and intelligible information on moving to London has never been more difficult.


At Homie, we have helped countless expats successfully move to London, so we’ve put together this article will detail the legal requirements to make your move to London easier 📕⚖️🤓


Moving from the United States 🇺🇸

The legal requirements for the move from the US to the UK are well documented and easy to follow. The main thing you will need to do is apply for a visa; the most common types are work or family visas. Once you’ve secured a job you can apply for ‘Tier 2’ visa, however, you will need to prove the following:

🏦 Money to support yourself when you first arrive

🛂 Own a legal passport, and you may have to show your travel history over the previous five years

💰 Earning an appropriate salary

You will unfortunately not be able to rent unless you have a visa.


Moving from the Commonwealth 🇮🇳🇦🇺

Moving to London from the Commonwealth is a mixed bag. A lot of it depends on your individual circumstances, so it is imperative that you check the detailed instructions given on the government’s website on Visas and Immigration to ensure you are doing everything needed. Although, a basic overview is that you’re allowed to live and work in the UK without any restrictions if:

👪 A parent was born and living in the UK when you were born or adopted

🆔 You can prove you were a member of the Commonwealth on 31st December 1982, and have not stopped being since.

💍 You are a female married to someone with the right to live in the UK before the 1st January 1983, and you have not stopped being a Commonwealth citizen since the same time.


Moving from the European Union 🇪🇺

If you’re relocating to London from a country currently in the European Union, you are in luck! To complete the move there are no legal requirements 🏆😀

There are, however, a few things you need to do once you are living in the UK so that everything runs smoothly.


Once you’re in the UK:

So you’ve fulfilled all the legal requirements of moving to the UK, and you’ve arrived successfully 🎉 what now?

There are two things you need to apply for to make sure that your first few months in the UK are relatively stress-free.

🆔 National Insurance Number

    • This is the way to identify you in the administration of the social security system and is used in the UK tax system, this is vital as undeclared work in the UK is very uncommon.

🏦 English Bank Account

    • It is imperative that you open an English bank account to get paid, to do this, simply go into a bank of your choice and ask what are their requirements.


So, after another set of moving to London tips, you now know the basics of the legal requirements. However, for the most up-to-date information and advice on your specific situation, head over to the government’s immigration page ✈️


You should be feeling a lot less stressed about the idea of moving countries now. That’s entirely reasonable as it isn’t moving that is stressful but the necessity of dealing with an unknown, alien system. Make sure you get a local expert on your side before you start 🤓👍

Next up on the Homie blog is a look at whether is best to rent or commute if you’re a young professional working in Canary Wharf.



John is a Marketing Executive at Homie. He is passionate about copywriting and, equipped with his skateboard wants to make renting in London a roll in the park.

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