What to Do If You Decide to Stay Permanently
Even if you start out going to work abroad for just a few months, that can easily become a year, which becomes two…and then you’ve decided to stay permanently. Many people find that their new life suits them better than living in the UK, or they meet a partner, or even that they build up a successful business and don’t want to leave it behind.
Within the EUWhatever your reason for wanting to stay in your new home country permanently, you will need to make sure that you have the correct permissions to stay. Now, if that is in the EU (including Switzerland) and you are a British citizen (or EU citizen) then the whole legal process is a whole load easier. Anyone from the EU has a legal right to live and work in any country in the EU, so you do not need a work permit or visa to stay permanently. What you do need, however, is the correct permission to work, such as the right employment or tax status for your work or business.
There are large numbers of expat forums and companies out there advising on the best way to proceed in this area, but a good first port of call is your nearest British Embassy, where they will give you free and impartial advice. You can also call what was your local tax office in the UK for advice. What you must not do is nothing as tax bills have a habit of catching up with you and you will not have that lovely peace of mind of knowing that you’ve done the right thing.
Outside the EUIf your new home country is outside of the EU, your work permit and visa status can be a little trickier. First things first – never outstay a tourist visa, or indeed any other sort of visa. You can get in all sorts of trouble and it means that you have muddied your records if you try to make the correct application.
Again, your local British Embassy or Consulate office can advise on this and point you in the direction of the paperwork you require. Do this well in advance of any visa expiry and take supporting documentation of your reason for staying (bank statements, job offers, marriage certificates, utility bills etc) so that you are well prepared to answer any questions and keep your case as easy to approve as possible.