If you want to move to the UK from Dubai and you intend to stay there for more than six months, you are required to secure a UK visa. Since there are quite a number of visas available, you need to be careful in choosing which one you should apply for. To choose the right visa, immigration advice is necessary before you launch your application.
Since there are a number of UK visas available, the right choice would depend on your intention and personal circumstances. If you intend to work in the UK, naturally, the right visa to apply for is a business or work visa. If you’re going there to study, a student visa would be in order. If, however, you’ll be transiting in the UK to move to another country, the right visa to apply for is a transit visa.
If you have a relative or family member already living in the UK and the same person already acquired British citizenship, asylum, or settlement status, you are eligible to apply for a UK family visa. Through this visa, you can move to the UK for up to six months or more. Generally, under this visa, you’ll be allowed to stay in the UK for 33 long months. After exhausting the maximum number of months, you can apply for its extension. What's common in all these cases is that you have to show your solid understanding of the English language.
The good news for UAE citizens is that when you move to the UK, your visa application will not be adversely affected by Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. The said exit will not affect non-European citizens.
If you have plans of bringing your personal belongings to the UK as you move, you need to be mindful of customs regulations in the country. Since UAE is a non-EU country, you need to file for customs duty and tax relief for you to be excused from paying the same.
If you intend to settle in the country for good, you have to fill out form ToROI as soon as you arrive in the UK. If you will be moving there temporarily, the form that you need to fill out is called C88.
Both these forms are available in downloadable format from the UK government official website. The Customs officer will then decide whether or not you are entitled to such tax relief.
You need to get a visa to move and work in the UK. If you intend to move and work in the UK for six months or less, you can apply for an electronic visa waiver (EVW) or standard visitor visa if you are going to the UK for a sabbatical, academic research, training, meetings, or conferences. Aside from the standard visitor visa, you can also apply for a Permitted Paid Engagement visa if you have been invited to the UK by an institution or person because of your expertise. This visa allows you to stay in the country for a maximum of one month. You can also apply for a temporary worker visa if you want to stay there and work for a short time.
If you’re a UAE citizen and you intend to move and stay in the UK for more than six months, you can apply for either of these visas:
Yes, UAE citizens can buy a home in the UK. Fortunately, there are no prohibitions for non-UK citizens to purchase a house in the country. And if you have been staying and working in the country for two years, you can also apply for a house mortgage.
According to Numbeo, you’ll need around 22,194.06 AED in the UK if you want to keep the 18,000 AED cost of living you have in Dubai. You’ll have to brace yourself, however, since the cost of renting a house, utilities, and groceries in the UK are way higher than what you are accustomed to in the UAE. Specifically, here are some stats you need to know:
Moving to a foreign country like the UK can be physically, mentally, and financially draining. Then again, the process can be smoother if you get all the available help you need. Don’t think twice of seeking the advice of ex-pats who went through the same process you’re about to face. With their experience and knowledge of the visa application process, your life and your UK relocation plan can proceed swiftly and smoothly.