British Citizen Returning To the UK From South Africa – amazing things you should consider? part 1

British Citizen Returning To the UK From South Africa – What Things Should You Consider? part 1

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In 2022, many British citizens living in South Africa will return to their home country of Great Britain. Many factors influence a British citizen who lives in South Africa to leave and return to their home countries, such as economy, safety, security, family ties, and lifestyle.

British Citizen Returning To the UK From South Africa

The United Kingdom is one of the most powerful and influential countries in the world, and many British citizens choose to live and work abroad in different countries. However, despite what could be seen as a successful life abroad in South Africa, British citizens will return to their home country for various reasons. 

Economic factors such as unemployment, GDP, inflation, economic growth, public debt, and exchange rates are the main reasons South African citizens choose to leave their country.  Many British citizens who live in South Africa see their home country as an attractive destination because the UK economy is growing despite the tough political decisions that elected officials have taken.

Post-Brexit, the United Kingdom will be a more attractive country for British citizens living abroad to return to their home country due to the Pound’s stronger exchange rate and lower cost of living. South African expats who want to relocate back to Great Britain may also find it significantly easier to return once they have obtained skills and qualifications in South Africa.

The United Kingdom is also seen as a safer place for British citizens to live because of its low crime rate and higher safety profile compared to South Africa. Today, we will walk you through what to consider about British citizens returning to the UK from South Africa. Would you love to get the full details? If that sounds like a yes, continue reading!

Things to Consider When Moving From South Africa to the UK

British Citizen Returning To the UK From South Africa

The government has announced that it will be ending the free movement of people from the European Union (EU) into the UK in 2022. However, if you are a British citizen, you will still move freely between South Africa and the UK.

Moving to a new country might seem like a lot of hard work, but some tips will help you on your way. Here are the things to consider when moving from South Africa to the UK as a British citizen in 2022.

1.    The Expenses

There is a lot of paperwork to move to a new country. One of the things you need to get is a certificate of your citizenship and everything else that proves who you are and where you live, such as bank statements. All this comes at a cost in South Africa, but in the UK, it will be free! However, keep in mind that you will need to pay for your flight and your time off work.

When you get there, the government recommends having at least £1 000 – £2 500 to support yourself until you find a job. This is just a recommendation, though, and there might be certain things they want you to buy, such as a local SIM card.

2.    Accommodation

Finding a place to live in the UK is not as simple as South Africa, especially if you have never been there before. Some companies help people find accommodation, and they advise you on what areas are best for work, completing your studies, and having affordable housing. It might take a while but finding a place to live is one of the most important things about moving.

3.    Finding a Job

Finding a job in South Africa is not as difficult as it can be in the UK because you have a lot more opportunities if you are from there. Some websites advertise jobs, and they look for companies that will help people find their first job. There are even websites that focus on helping you find a job if you have been living in another country before.

4.    Getting your Driving License

In order to be able to drive in the UK, certain things need to be renewed, and a South African driver’s license cannot do this. The good news is that it does not take too long to get your new driver’s license, and some agencies can help you with this. However, you need to be sure that your license is valid for driving in the UK before you go.

5.    Cultural Differences

Some things are different between South Africa and the UK, but none are extremely major or difficult to get used to. However, it is important that you know certain things before you move there so that you do not offend anyone or feel like an outsider right away.

6.    The Cost of Living

The costs of living in South Africa and the UK are very different, so be sure to do your research before you emigrate. You might find yourself in a lot of debt if you’re not careful. The biggest difference between the two is that in London, things are more expensive than they are in South Africa.

But if you move to Manchester or another big city, it will be cheaper than Cape Town. Additionally, there’s no need to buy water anymore because it comes out of the tap, and you don’t have to buy expensive liquor like Amarula.

7.    The Working System

In the UK, it’s easier to find a job because there are more jobs available and in different areas around the country. It is also easy to get working papers to work for yourself. This does not exist in South Africa anymore.

If you want to start your own business in South Africa, it might be a good idea to bring some of your skills from the UK with you. In terms of finding a job, it is always best if you have some experience and references from previous jobs. If you don’t know what you’d like to do for a living, get involved with internships to see if you like it.

8.    The Weather

The weather is an important factor when moving to a new country, especially for those not used to the cold. South Africa’s winter lasts from June until August, but in England, it can last until May or even June. Before you move, make sure you research what the weather is like in your area of choice so you get an idea of what to pack and which clothes you might need to get.

9.    The Lifestyle

Another thing to consider is that South Africa’s culture is very different from the UK, which might take some time to get used to. For example, do not be surprised if people are loud at night or start swearing in conversation. You will also see a lot of people on public transport! This allows you to travel around the city for less than £5, which is cheaper than in most places, so enjoy it!

Make sure you save some money if you plan on traveling. It’s expensive to go overseas, but with your working papers, there is no need for a tourist visa anymore. When you feel comfortable in your new home, start visiting other cities in the UK to see what they have to offer.

10. The Process

Moving to a different country can be challenging in itself. However, when you are moving between the UK and South Africa, it gets even more complicated. You need to have either two passports or citizenship in one of these countries so that you can travel easily between the two countries without your documents being questioned at customs.

For example, if you are South African and born in the UK, your passport will probably state that you are a British citizen. Because of this, when you try to enter the UK with just your South African Passport, they might suspect that something is not right and then question you or even refuse you entry into the country.

11. The Language

Knowing the language of a country is always great – especially when you are moving to a new one. If nothing else, it will give you an insight into the culture through slang and certain words that do not exist in South Africa. This is why it’s important to know that there are many differences between English as it is spoken in South Africa instead of English as it is spoken in the UK.

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