Departure To Do List

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  • Get British citizenship. You may find this to be an odd recommendation. You may ask, "What's that all about? I am a British citizen." Well, not everyone who moves from the UK to Canada is a British citizen. A person who moves from the UK to Canada may be, for example, the Australian wife of a British husband and the mother of British children. She would be well advised to secure her right to return to the UK, and the best way to do that is to become a citizen before she leaves. One or more of her children may return to the UK when they're adults, and she may want to join them back in the UK during her retirement years. Your response to that might be that her being married to a British citizen would always secure her right to live in the UK. But that is not necessarily so. At some point in the future she may be widowed or divorced. The wisest thing is for each person to secure his/her right to return to the UK on his/her own, if that is possible to arrange before departing from the UK.
  • Book flight to Canada
  • Get travel and health insurance (single package) for me/family
  • Book shipping space
  • Put house on market
  • Inform landlord/agent of moving out date
  • Inform building society re mortgage
  • Get reference from letting agency
  • Get reference from building society re mortgage
  • Check will. Appoint Power of Attorney if required
  • Resign from job/inform work colleagues
  • Inform schools and ask for copy of curriculum (esp English and Maths). Take some of your child’s workbooks to Canada to show new school.
  • Inform bank and organise opening of account in Canada if possible
  • Check UK bank account is still valid for overseas residence. Before you leave UK get local bank telephone number and contact name so you do not have to go through a call centre once you have moved
  • Inform Council Tax office and check correct days paid for in the month of leaving/get rebate
  • Organise stuff for first car-boot sale
  • Cancel subscriptions to clubs/societies/Readers’ Digest etc
  • Resign from committees/organisations/clubs etc
  • Post ‘For Sale’ poster in works canteen/works noticeboard listing stuff for sale with prices
  • Sell caravan/boat/Wendy house/kennel
  • Sell car(s)
  • Get open references from employer(s)
  • Get open references from friends
  • Inform electricity company and make arrangements for account closure
  • Inform water board and make arrangements for account closure
  • Inform gas company and make arrangements for account closure
  • Inform telephone company and make arrangements for account closure
  • Inform internet provider and make arrangements for account closure
  • Get rebate form from TV Licensing for refund
  • Inform Sky TV and make arrangements for account closure
  • Inform mobile phone company and make arrangements for account closure
  • Arrange forwarding of post to relative with Post Office for 1 year or arrange for overseas redirection
  • Sign on with currency dealer if required
  • Organise stuff for second car boot sale
  • Inform Benefits Agency to get up to date statement of pension
  • Arrange Class 3 contributions
  • Inform FAVC pension plans and check validity of plans
  • Inform life insurance company and check validity of plans
  • Inform endowment company and check validity of plans
  • Inform occupational pension provider and check validity of payments
  • Sell ISAs
  • Sell PEPs
  • Sell Tessas
  • Sell Unit Trusts
  • Set up e-banking facilities
  • Renew all credit cards and bank cards for maximum validity dates
  • Inform Inland Revenue – get form P85
  • Inform Child Benefit office/Tax credit office
  • Organise stuff for third car boot sale
  • Change of address cards and sign on for Hotmail/Yahoo addresses
  • Get eyes tested
  • Get teeth checked
  • Get repeat prescriptions to cover first three months in Canada.
  • Get dental records and latest x-rays from dentist
  • Get medical record print-out or summary from surgery
  • Get copies of Hospital inpatient/outpatient treatment
  • Get eye-examination record from optician
  • Get reference letters from every kind of insurance company possible (house insurance, car insurance, etc.) and reference letters from utility companies (electricity, water, etc.). This may enable you to negotiate somewhat more reasonable insurance premiums when you get to Canada and/or enable you to open accounts with utility companies without having to pay hefty deposits.
  • To make things go more smoothly when you apply for a mortgage in Canada, get a reference letter from your bank and obtain a credit report from Equifax, Experian, or Call Credit (Equifax is the credit bureau that Canadian lenders most readily recognize). Keep in mind that a Canadian lender will want a current credit report (one that has been issued within the last 30 days).
  • Back up all data files on floppy discs eg Word, Excel etc
  • See vet about pets
  • Get International Driving Licence
  • Organise big IMM 1000 party
  • Hire skip for rubbish and stuff
  • Organise getting to airport on departure day
  • Book hotel/B&B/Hostel/Park Bench in Canada for first night
  • Produce file of all required documents in plastic covers
  • Photocopy birth certificate(s)
  • Photocopy passport(s)
  • Photocopy all academic certificates
  • Photocopy CV and resume(s)
  • Back up C: drive
  • Buy spending currency
  • Buy travelers cheques for first fortnight
  • Organise house cleaning luncheon party
  • Cancel car insurance from set date and get refund
  • Cancel building and house contents insurance and get refund
  • Send NHS registration card(s) back to the Health Authority
  • Call utility companies with last minute meter readings
  • Send off for Drivers record from DVLA
  • Get NCB letters completed by Vehicle ins companies

TIP – Once moved you very often have to follow-up on things back in the UK (e.g., bank, insurance, utilities, etc.), so get yourself a notebook and write down all your account numbers along with telephone numbers that can be accessed from abroad that are NOT 08** numbers as these are very expensive to call from overseas.

  • Sky you need to give 28 days notice but can call about a week before the 28 days and give advance notice.
  • Buy travel adaptors (laptop and mobile chargers are 220/110 so you only need an adaptor but the phone charges very slowly)
  • Doctors records take a few days so don't leave for last minute
  • Type up template letters for utility companies with blank spots for meter readings, get envelopes stamped so you can take meter readings and post on way to airport
  • Get school records from kids school
  • If you have a baby stock up on scented nappy sacks as the only place we have found that sells them is Walmart
  • Get dvd player unlocked if you are taking it (people sell discs/remotes on eBay)
  • Get mobiles unblocked (I have a Nokia 6680 and the market guys couldn't do it so Vodaphone got me the code for 20 pounds but ask early as it takes up to 28 days and they ended up having to email it to me)
  • If you plan to get a Pet Passport allow extra time. 1st Microchip, 2nd Rabies Injection, 3rd Blood tests FOUR weeks after injections, 4th Passport issued FOUR weeks later once blood results back
  • Trip to Costco, to stock up on things the family might miss!


Arrival To Do List

If you want to start figuring out what you'll need to do when you get to Canada, please see [Arrival To Do List].