OTS Senior Partner, Teni Shahiean, joined a panel of experts on Share Radio’s Ask Sarah programme on Saturday, 6th August 2016, to talk about the financial steps people moving to the UK from overseas need to take to make the shift easier.
Joining Teni on the panel were James Jones, head of consumer affairs at Experian and Theresa Wallace, head of Savills lettings customer relations team.
During the show, host Sarah Pennells asked Teni what people who wanted to re-locate to the UK could do from their home country to prepare for the financial aspects of the move.
Teni commented that for people applying from outside the EEA, it depended on the type of visa they planned to enter Britain on. For example, those coming on a work permit, or to set up a business through an Entrepreneur Visa, would need to show a certain level of funds through their bank statements. For family members who are joining their spouse, the onus is on the British citizen who is sponsoring the person from overseas to prove they have an income of at least £18,600 per year. To establish this, the sponsor would need to provide bank statements for at least a six-month period.
Teni then went on to answer a question from a Polish national who asked what type of documentation he needed to come to the UK. She advised him that at the moment, nationals from EU countries can live and work in the UK without providing any type of documentation other than a passport or National Identity Card. However, if they wish, they can apply to the Home Office for a Residence Card, which they can show to their employer as proof they have a legal right to work in the country.
The programme also provided practical advice on how foreign nationals moving to the UK can rent property, open a bank account and obtain a credit rating.
At the end of the show, Teni was asked for some final thoughts on advice she would give to people wanting to come from abroad to live and work in the UK. She suggested a great tip was to “look at the Home Office website on immigration which provides a very good overview of what the requirements would be and the kind of informational documentation you would need to have ready for the application and how long the whole process takes.
She then went on to say that, “for now” Europeans did not face much difficulty in coming to the UK.
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Posted on: Tuesday, 16 August, 2016