Author Archives: Lisa Aspeling

How to Bring Your Parents (or Grandparents) to the UK

Part of the process of deciding to move to the United Kingdom (UK) is weighing up the impact on your extended family.  Who can you take with you, and who has to stay behind? While even simply the idea of leaving loved ones behind can be devasting, moving from South Africa to Britain will most […]

Are UK Visa Tech Woes affecting SA Applications?

United Kingdom (UK) visa processing times have become unpredictable thanks to the uncovering of a system algorithm that could be unfairly discriminating against visa applicants.  The uncertainty has left many South African applicants on edge as they face even greater ambiguity around their eligibility for settlement visas. “The UK immigration process is like a board […]

11 Great Reasons to Move to the UK: the South African Edition

The United Kingdom has been a top immigration destination for South Africans for decades. While our intertwined cultures and histories make it one of the easiest countries to settle in, it’s the country’s rich natural beauty, relatively stable politics and the power of the pound that remain the popular drawcards. Here are 11 great reasons […]

How to Successfully Navigate SA’s Looming Expat Tax

South Africans living overseas may find themselves at the mercy of the National Treasury come 1 March 2020 when the South African Revenue Service (SARS) plans to appropriate up to 45% of SA expat earnings over R1 million via new tax laws. Chris Hanley, a director at financial services company The Aliwal Road Group, said […]

Must-know tips for creating a UK-friendly CV

Whether you’re sending a family member over or planning to immigrate yourself, one of the biggest challenges of moving to the United Kingdom is finding a job before your savings run dry.  Many South Africans have experienced the stress of moving to the UK and unexpectedly having to wait, sometimes up to six months, to […]

SA Tourists No Closer to Visa-Free UK Visits

Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, turned down an opportunity to broach the need to renegotiate tourist visas for South Africans visiting the United Kingdom (UK). At today’s gathering of South African trade leaders, Wesgro delegates and representatives of the British government to discuss the UK’s ongoing Brexit negotiations, Minister Davies made it clear […]