The time for change has come and you have decided to move your house from Norway to London. It sounds great – to forget about the spiked winter shoes, the long sunny, summer nights, and, especially, the freezing cold winter. The UK is an understandably desirable destination to remove to, having a stable economic offering and wide-ranging possibilities, especially for people from the EU and EEA. London covers a territory, which is almost twelve times larger than Oslo, Norway and is significantly more inexpensive. Although planning, packing and organizing a house removal to London, particularly with children, can be a tiring and difficult job, it is not half as tough as establishing your new life in a completely unfamiliar country. We offer you some basic information about the working and living conditions in the UK capital.
This is a commonly asked question, especially after the UK announced it’s leaving from the EU. According to BBC News, Brexit will not influence the current immigration laws for people from the EU or for the citizens of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and those from the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs). That said, no, you do not need a visa if you hold citizenship in one of the countries mentioned above.
If you organize your house move to London during the transition period from 30 March 2019 to 31 December 2020 you will, however, need to register, since you will be staying in the country more than three months. If you are relocating before the Brexit (30 March 2019) you are doing so under the old set of agreements, which means that you don’t have to register.
After five years in the UK, you will obtain Permanent Resident status and one year after that you will be able to apply for British citizenship. But be aware that under the current Norwegian law, if you are a citizen of Norway you cannot obtain dual citizenship, which means that you will lose your Norwegian citizenship in favour of your British one. For now, Healthcare rights remain unchanged, although it is not clear what is going to happen to the EHIC card and the free emergency healthcare system in the EU. The negotiations on this topic between the UK and the EU are still ongoing.
Finding the right place to live in London is a challenge in itself. The population of the Old Capital is twenty times bigger than that in Oslo, which means that you will emerge in a densely populated city, full of people with diverse cultural backgrounds. The capital of the UK is full of life and it is constantly buzzing under its busy inhabitants, in contrast to the calm and relaxed atmosphere in Oslo. After the London house moving you will find that the best part of coming from Norway is that everything in the UK will seem to you way more inexpensive. While you search to remove to London beware of certain things:
As a parent, you have a hard but rewarding job to provide the best education possible to your children. That said, you need to get familiar with the school options in the area where you are moving. London offers good public and state-funded schools; all depends on your family budget. We advise you to do detailed research on the council you choose to live in London and plan your London house removals according to the start of the school terms. There will be a few significant differences between the Norwegian and British school systems that you must be aware of. Here are some examples:
London offers great opportunities to start a new job. The labour market is flexible and, depending on your qualifications, you can find a job relatively easy. According to analysts from the London Datastore, the employment rate in London in the last quarter of 2017 was 74.5 per cent. There is an increase of available job positions in Administration and Support Services, Construction and Health and social work. According to the same source, the employment rates in the first three months of the new year are still rising steadily. The labour market in London is quite diverse, with new job offers published in different specialized sites every day. We advise you to start your job hunt in www.londonjobs.co.uk, www.monster.co.uk, www.reed.co.uk, or www.indeed.co.uk. Be sure to check www.gov.uk before your Norway to London house removals for more legal information regarding the employment of foreign citizens.
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