Living in the UK as a non-UK national

So, you have decided to move to the UK with your spouse and find yourself a job! However, starting out in the UK isn’t always a straightforward as you want it to be. There are hundreds of different things that need to be tackled before you can get on a plane and move to the UK. Here is a guide of all of the things you need to consider before joining your spouse in the UK.

How much tax do I pay?

Everybody in the UK pays tax to HM Revenue and Customers. Your employer is responsible for deducting Tax and National insurance from your salary before you receive it, which means that everything is sorted for you.

As well as deducting your tax, your employers will also provide you with a monthly pay slip, which will show you how much tax has been deducted from your overall salary. The amount of tax that you are expected to pay will be determined by how much you earn, for example, the more you earn, the more tax you will pay.

What paperwork do I need?

If you are moving from a country that is outside the EEA or Switzerland, you will need to apply for a visa to move before you are allowed British Citizenship. If you are married and your spouse if a UK national, you will also be eligible for a spouse visa.

It’s important to check which visas you are eligible to apply for online, this is something that you will have to apply for before you move to the UK. As soon as you arrive in the UK, it’s also important to make sure that you apply for a national insurance number at your local job centre, as this will mean that you can legally begin looking for work.

What are my rights?

In the UK, there are agreements that have been made by business owners and workers union leaders, these are not legally binding agreements, but they are often followed as they are in the interest of everyone.

Before you begin a new job in the UK, be sure to read, or get somebody else to read through your contract before you agree to anything. If you are not happy with the terms and conditions, then do not accept them. There are agreements set in place that will make your working life much more enjoyable such as healthcare, dental, salary that is above minimum wage, paternity/maternity pay which should be accessible to everybody living and working in the UK.

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