With global immigration policies constantly under review as a result of the current situation, it’s crucial that you are informed of the requirements of each individual country. Government immigration organisations are under extreme pressure at present so ensuring that you are prepared well in advance will help to prevent any delays.
This week we wanted to shine a light on the delights of Berkshire. Its main city Reading boasts three Universities and three grammar schools. It has an affinity with the technology industry, offices of the ‘Big Four’ and Head Office of Mars UK in Slough. Hugged by the North Wessex Downs (AONB) and the Chilterns, Berkshire is steeped in History with Windsor Castle, Donnington Castle and Highclear (Downton Abbey). Fast trains and good road networks mean there are some well-established commuter pockets which attract price tags that are out of range of many home-hunters. However, look beyond sprawling Reading and Slough and the area has some lovely villages with attractive prices.
Relocating can be stressful for adults. There are so many things to consider, decide and organise. The thought of starting a new life in a different area with unfamiliar surroundings and customs can seem daunting. But as the decision maker, you already know this is the right decision. Younger children are naturally excited about new experiences and it can be easier to get them on board. Teenage children can often be more challenging but there are ways to help make the transition smooth.
Whether you are considering moving to the UK yourself, or relocating an assignee, there will always be some apprehension, as well as excitement for the journey ahead, especially if moving the whole family as there will then be more people to please!
If you’re set on the South West, we have been busy researching our top three cities; Bristol, Bath and Cheltenham.
Located under an hour from London, Oxford is a popular choice for clients looking to relocate. Beneath the literature, history and architecture lies some hidden gems waiting to be unearthed. If you’re considering a move, or even visit to one of Britain’s oldest cities then make sure you visit some lesser known spots.
If you have children, it is important to begin addressing the issue of schooling prior to your departure, to ensure you and your family settles well at your destination. The chosen house and neighbourhood will be most likely determined by the location of the school(s) selected. Starting your planning early can help you to make well-informed choices and give you the best chance of securing place(s) at your selected school(s).
The main challenges faced by companies when they are wanting an employee to relocate for their job have been identified as partner resistance, family adjustment, children's education and location difficulties. What we can take from this information is the need for assignees to fully understand what their host country can offer them at all levels, not just in regard to their career.
One of our clients who is a keyworker arrived in the UK just as the country had gone into lockdown following the COVID-19 outbreak. He was staying in a hotel that was shortly to close and needed to find some permanent accommodation as a matter of urgency. This was made even more difficult as the vast majority of letting agents had closed their doors.
When your tenancy is coming to an end, there are some important things for you to remember as you prepare to leave. The following advice is designed to answer some frequently asked questions, which will hopefully ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible for you.