Moving To Wales From Canada – How To Get Residence & Bring Your Household Goods
Wales is a part of the United Kingdom and is located just west of England. It has a unique culture that’s distinct from England, Scotland, and other parts of the UK, and is particularly well-known for its rural character and large farming industry. Thinking about moving to Wales from Canada? Here is an overview of some of the basics you need to know before you start planning a move.
How Do I Get Residence Before Moving To Wales From Canada?
Since Wales is part of the United Kingdom, you’ll have the same options you would if you wanted to live in England, Scotland, or any other UK nation. You can get a work visa if you are employed by a Welsh company, or if you plan to start a business in Wales. You can get a student visa if you wish to study at a Welsh university, and there are also some visa options if you have relatives who were born in the UK.
While you can visit Wales temporarily without a visa as a tourist, you can’t work or live there permanently without the proper residence visa. You can learn more about how to live and work in Wales permanently from this GOV.UK webpage.
Will I Be Able To Bring My Household Goods And Car To Wales From Canada?
You can bring your household goods into Wales tax-free for personal use, though there are some items that may be restricted or taxed. It’s also possible to import a car to Wales from Canada, but this is not always a great idea.
The reason that bringing a car to Wales may not be ideal is because Wales drives on the left side of the road, like the rest of the UK, and Canada drives on the right. This can lead to visibility and safety issues when you import a Canadian vehicle.
In addition, not all Canadian cars meet safety standards in Wales and the UK, and you may be taxed on your vehicle when you bring it in. It may be a better option to sell your car in Canada and buy another vehicle in Wales. This GOV.UK page has some helpful information about importing vehicles to the UK.
How Should I Send My Household Goods To Wales When I Move?
You will likely need to hire an international moving company. Your items will be picked up from your home in a truck, then driven to an ocean port in Canada, where they will be loaded into a cargo container, and sent via cargo ship to a Welsh port like Swansea.
Then, they will be processed by customs, and you can have them delivered to your new home. Working with an experienced international moving company is the best way to simplify this process.
Contact A-1 Auto Transport If You’re Moving To Wales From Canada!
With years of experience in international moving, A-1 Auto Transport and our partners can help you make your move successfully. If you need to move to Wales from Canada, contact us online or give us a call to get a free quote and consultation.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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