Alba Soria
July 28, 2023

Leaving the UK Checklist: Five Things You Can't Forget To Do

Leaving the UK? Here are the five things you can’t forget to do before your departure. From organising your paperwork to how to get the support you need for your move. You’ll want to write this down!

Leaving the UK can be both exciting and overwhelming at the same time.

Whether you're an Expat heading back to your home country, or you’re embarking on a new international adventure, you probably want to ensure that you’re leaving everything in order, and are ready to land in your new country.

To help you with this transition, we've prepared a comprehensive checklist of five crucial things you can't afford to forget. Let’s get into it!

1. Finalise your Visa and Residency Status

When leaving the UK, your first priority is to address your visa and residency status. This will be completely different in you’re an Expat or a British National, and depending on your nationality and circumstances, you may need to cancel your current visa. All of this, may impact the Tax you pay, which of your assets can remain in the country, and many other things.

Needless to say, you’ll also need to ensure that you comply with all necessary immigration procedures to avoid legal issues when arriving to your new country. If you have any questions or concerns, consider seeking guidance from reputable immigration advisors or solicitors to ensure a seamless process.

2. Notify Relevant Authorities

Notify key authorities and institutions of your departure to avoid any complications later on. This may include informing your educational institution, landlord and utility providers of your leaving date. If you’re an expat, you should also inform your Embassy. 

Additionally, inform the UK tax authorities (HM Revenue and Customs) about your departure to settle any outstanding tax matters and ensure a smooth tax clearance process. By taking care of these notifications in advance, you can prevent unnecessary headaches down the road.

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3. Organise Your Finances

Before leaving the UK, you may choose to close your UK bank accounts if you no longer need them. Alternatively, you may wish to update your address if you have any remaining banking commitments. Make arrangements for your outstanding bills, subscriptions, and direct debits. It's also wise to transfer a good amount of your funds to your new destination or home country using a reliable and cost-effective international money transfer service. By organising your finances, you can embark on your new journey with financial peace of mind.

4. Gather All Important Documents

Gather and organise all essential documents you may need in your new location. This might include academic transcripts, medical records, and professional certifications. Additionally, make photocopies or digital scans of important paperwork, such as your passport, visa, and driving license, and keep them in a secure folder. Having these documents readily available will facilitate many administrative processes in your destination country.

If you’re moving to the UAE, you can find all the documents you will need for your move on Matutto, a platform that helps expats with everything they need to move to the UAE.

5. Seek Relocation Support

Moving abroad can be overwhelming, but fortunately, there are resources available to help simplify the process. Consider seeking advice from overseas moving experts like easyStorage or getting assistance from relocation experts or platforms like Matutto, which specialise in helping expats transition smoothly to their new country. On their platform, you’ll be able to find all the information you need to move to your new country, which you can access for Free by creating an account. 

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From providing destination guides to offering advice on housing, schools, and cultural integration, these services can be invaluable in ensuring a successful international relocation.

All in all, leaving the UK to start a new chapter abroad doesn’t need to be stressful. By leveraging the expertise of relocation platforms like Matutto, speaking to expats, and keeping an important Checklist, you can bid farewell to the UK with confidence, and be ready to embrace new opportunities and adventures in a new country.

Alba Soria

Alba has been an Expat her entire adult life, and co-founded Matutto to help other Expats move abroad smoothly. She has travelled to 30+ countries and is obsessed with any dish that has noodles. About Matutto Matutto is a global relocation platform that helps Expats move abroad. Matutto provides all the reliable information one might need, as well as offer affordable support packages for Expats who need additional help with their move.

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