Before You Leave
- The Big Count Down!

Before You Leave - The Big Count Down!

Our Kickstart London package provides you with the best possible start to living and working in the UK including, UK Bank Account, Free Money Transfer, NI (National Insurance) advice and more!

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A Roadmap of your move to the UK

So you have made the decision to go to the what? At 1st Contact, we know what it is like to move to a new country and how difficult it can be trying to figure out where to begin. We have composed a roadmap below to try and make things a little easier for you.

3-6 Months to Go

Unless you have a UK or EU passport, you will need to organise a visa for the UK. There are many types of visa options available and it is important to make sure you find the one that is right for you. Our friendly visa consultants are on hand to assist you, please contact them on 1800 835 148 or at

1-3 Months to Go

Now that your visa application is underway, it's time to start looking for your flights. Remember it is very important to get travel insurance as you are not eligible for this in the UK until you have lived there for 6 months. Ask 1st Contact for an unbeatable quote today!

6 Weeks to Go

Opening a UK bank account can be one of the most difficult and frustrating things you will do in the UK. Don't let this ruin your trip; remove all the hassle with the Kickstart Package! This includes opening a bank account for you as well as a UK SIM card, international calling card, London info pack and a free money transfer. Call us on 1800 039 300 today. Free Job Assistance is available for you. Send us your CV and we'll forward it to the top recruitment agencies in London before you arrive.

5 Weeks to Go

Try and organise all those nitty gritty details before you leave so you can focus on having fun on your trip. Visit your dentist, doctor and organise a power of attorney who can act on your behalf whilst you're away. Make sure this is someone you trust implicitly; your parents are generally a good choice.

4 Weeks to Go

Notify the post office of the address you would like your post forwarded to. Your parents or power of attorney is advisable. If you rent, ask your landlord for a reference, this may help when looking for accommodation in the UK. Plan your going away party!

2 Weeks to Go

Gather together your bank statements showing you have sufficient funds to support yourself in the UK. Be sure to photocopy all your documentation including your passport, flight tickets, visa, insurance documents and credit cards. It is a good idea to leave a copy with your parents/power of attorney and to also distribute copies throughout your luggage. It is also wise to take some extra passport photos with you.

1 Week to Go

Time to start packing! Enjoy your last few home cooked meals and stock up on Aussie/New Zealand treats! Confirm your flight and double check you have everything. Say goodbye, get on the plane and have the time of your life! Feel free to call us on 1800 039 300 with any questions so we can help you with your move.

1st Contact Shipping

1st Contact are partnered with shipping giants Anglo Pacific in order to help you transport your belongings safely and affordably. We can assist you with shipping goods to the UK and also back home when your UK adventure is over.
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The Big Countdown

Find out how to make the most out of preparing for your big move!

UK Information Guide

Use the information below to help you move through the big city.

» About the UK
» The London Guide
» UK Events
» Travel Tips

UK Financial Guide

A wealth of information to guide you with your finances in the UK.

» UK Cost of Living
» UK Money
» UK Careers
» UK Tax & Financials

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