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Start your life in the UK the stress-free way

by Leanne Shrosbree | Aug 21, 2017
  • Whether you’re taking a gap year, advancing your career, or just looking for a change - if you’re moving to the UK, you’ll probably need a helping hand. Here’s how you can get help setting up a UK bank account, an NI number and so much more.
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    The easy way to open a UK bank account

    We’ve been helping migrants set up their UK bank accounts for years. Apart from finding accommodation, opening a UK bank account is one of the steepest mountains to climb for any newcomer to the UK. Luckily, we  have developed excellent relationships with the UK’s leading banks.

    When you purchase a Kickstart package, we will help you open a fee-free UK bank account in one day without:

    • The need for a minimum deposit
    • You having to do mountains of paperwork
    • You having to stand in queues for hours

    Get your NI number sorted

    Anyone who goes to the UK and intends to earn an income needs a National Insurance (NI) number. If you work for someone without an NI number, you will be taxed at an extremely high rate. Nobody wants that.

    What makes applying for your NI number tricky is that you have to be present in the UK before the government issues you your number. But all is not lost - our Easy NINO service will get you sorted.

    The Kickstart team will make the calls and help you with all the paperwork required, increasing your chances of getting your NI number quickly. This way you can start working in the UK without having to overpay on tax.

    Make sure you move into the right place

    While there are many options you could use to find accommodation in the UK, we have found a useful app called Movebubble. This nifty tool allows you to setup viewings or rent a place on the spot using your mobile phone.

    It’s convenient as it saves time during your busy schedule as you navigate your way through the UK as a newcomer.

    Get the UK visa that’s right for you

    If you have ambitions of heading over to the UK but don’t know where to start, our packages combine UK visa services and our Kickstart services.

    We’ve been helping people move to the UK for over 15 years now. We can help you find out which visa you qualify for and determine the best way for you to head over to the UK.


    Get hold of us on  +27 (0) 21 657 1530 or +44 (0) 20 7759 7536 or drop an email on kickstart@1stcontact.com to Kickstart your UK life.

    We are a professional services company that specialises in cross-border financial and immigration advice and solutions.

    Our teams in the UK, South Africa and Australia can ensure that when you decide to move overseas, invest offshore or expand your business internationally, you’ll do so with the backing of experienced local experts.

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