My return to the UK from nearly 5 years overseas has not been without a variety of issues which have caused a medley of stress levels and certainly a vast amount of time which hadn’t really been factored in.
The greatest problem and time waster was the return of my car and the debacle which is still continuing owing to the fact that the car didn’t get added to the NOVA (Notice of vehicle arrival) data base when it arrived back at Tilbury in August.
We are now into the end of September and I still cannot drive my car although it is sitting in my garage. One of the main reasons is because it seems that every government department to do with cars has a stock answer of “10 working days” when responding to any query regarding processing time of paperwork. The DVLC still work on a paper only basis so nothing can be emailed, it all has to go into a brown envelope. Information is mixed and inaccurate, so my first application to get the car registered was just returned with a standard letter suggesting that I get the car onto the NOVA database and when I have, then I can re-apply. And I thought St Helena was top of the hit parade when it comes to Bureaucracy. I forgot that it was the British that taught them!
The saga above is what has given me the inspiration for the subject of this latest post.
I am sure there are thousands of Expats returning to the UK every month given the kind of work patterns we all have nowadays. The following are my suggestions and my opinions.
10 things to remember when returning to the UK from overseas: