Know before you go - moving overseas

Know your rights and responsibilities when you're moving to a new country. Living abroad is an exciting and interesting experience, but the decision to make the leap shouldn't be taken lightly.

We are partners in the Government's Know Before You Go campaign, helping you to know your rights and responsibilities when moving and living abroad.

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Are you thinking of buying property abroad?

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has produced a very informative video with insights and some excellent advice on buying a property and living abroad. Before you make a move abroad, be sure to view it.

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Familiarise yourself with your new destination before moving

  • Understand the different laws, regulations, and customs abroad. What applied at home may be completely different in your new home.
  • Don't forget to budget correctly to take into account currency fluctuations.
  • Find out the health care coverage and system in your new home, so you're not hit with unexpected charges or worries and confusion in an emergency.
  • Contact the local education authorities about the education system in your new home. Most countries also have English or international schools which you should be able to find on the internet.
  • If you are considering buying property abroad, research thoroughly in advance. Keep in mind that property laws and customs in many countries are different from those in the UK and you may encounter problems with ownership rights due to these differences.
  • Contact the Department for Work & Pensions for more information about collecting your pension abroad.

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When you arrive in your new country

  • Register with the local authorities as soon as you arrive in your new country, if required. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering may give you access to health care and welfare services.
  • If you are moving within the EU and Switzerland, register for a residence permit within the first three months of your arrival. Failure to do so may be a crime in some countries, and registering will give you access to health care and welfare benefits.
  • Register with the local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate in your new country.
  • Keep your passport up-to-date, and include contact information for friends or relatives on the appropriate page.
  • Contact your local Embassy/High Commission/Consulate for information on preparing a will, as laws vary from country to country.
  • Check to see what you need to do to continue driving in your new country. In some cases, you can exchange your driving licence for a new one, however, in some countries you may need to sit a driving test before being allowed to drive.
  • To vote in UK elections your name must appear on the electoral register as an overseas elector. Contact the local electoral registration officer at the local council where you were last registered in the UK.
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Britannia Bradshaw can help your move go smoothly. Contact us for a free, no obligation quote, or by calling 0161 877 5555 (Manchester) or 0121 504 0966 (Birmingham & Coventry) and speak with one of our removals specialists.

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In the current times you might prefer that we don't visit your house in person to carry out a survey. This is fully understandable and we can just as easily undertake the survey by video call, using whatever method you're comfortable with, usually FaceTime or WhatsApp.

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They did a great job - very punctual and no breakages. We've used you previously.

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Removals crew were courteous, couldn’t be more helpful.

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Your whole team from start to finish were most helpful and efficient. Lovely Jackie was most patient with my lack of internet skills. Jackie was most helpful and booked a home visit quote.

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We have been very pleased with the removal services we have received from Bradshaw International. From the quotation through to the removal day itself, everyone was very efficient and helpful.

Our team of Mike & Ryan battled through snow and road closures to deliver our furniture and were still in a cheerful mood when they eventually arrived. Big thanks to them. The whole team made the experience has been as good as it good be & we'd highly recommend you as a company.

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Took time to ask what we wanted in our move and understand what was important to us

I can't remember their names, but the two guys who helped us were friendly, professional and patient with us.

They were the only company we investigated who suggested a 3-day move rather than 2-day move. Whilst this increased the cost of our move, it made the experience much easier and less stressful, and this was important to us.

The service is quite expensive for local moves, but if moving nationally I would not have any hesitation in recommending the service.

Martin Wilks came round to see us quickly, and he took time to ask what we wanted in our move and understand what was important to us.

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