Things to do post moving to the UK
As soon as I landed in the Airport, I got the oyster card from the underground and topped it up for 15£. Travel from Heathrow to Liverpool street costs about 5-6£ I believe. Now that I have the monzo card, I dont use oyster anymore.
I got one of the cheapest phone connections which has served me well over the past 3 years. Cost me about 10£ to get a new sim card. But I could have got it online for free.
London is cheaper in the east and thats where I landed in the beginning back in 2016. If I visit London again, I'd probably use spareroom to find a room share somewhere if I am single or Zoopla or Rightmove to find a house. In the 3 years I was there, I made a few connections which I'd use. This is a costly affair. I'd also make sure there is a proper rental agreement, a thorough walkthrough of the house, and photographs before moving in because I have had some bad experiences with some agencies who tried to scam me. I'd also make sure that the deposit goes into the Deposit Protection Scheme.
Collecting the BRP
I collected mine from Reading the first time in 2016 as I had given my employer's UK address. The second time I went to the UK, I had given a tentative place of stay in London where my friends stayed.
Getting the Naltional Insurance number
I contacted Jobcentre plus who sent me a form and I sent them back to get an NI number.
Submitting the P46 Form
I submitted the P46 form to my employer to set the correct tax code.
Online banks are abundant in the UK. I got HSBC before that. Then got Monzo, Revolut, Transferwise and Starling. I will compare these in a future post.
Register with HMRC for getting the Unique Tax Reference Number. This is used to file tax returns.
Filing Self Assessment every year
Froms required for this are:
- P60 - Like Form 16 in India: A report of all the tax paid in the fiscal year
- P11D - Any benefits received
- P45 - Letter of leave from country
Registering with the local Practice
Find the nearest GP and book an appointment if you want to be treated for free. Or it costs a fortune.