So I spent a couple days running around offices filling out forms and paying various fees in the last days of December. Theoretically have one last appointment, form to complete and fee to pay at the start of January but no appointments are available yet. Basically the national bureaucracy needs to catch up with the local and regional bureaucracies. I love that we had to fill out forms and pay fees that do nothing other than entitle us to go and fill out the actual forms and fees required.
But this is 100% on the UK. Our local offices couldn’t have been more helpful, reaching out, trying desperately to find out what is actually required etc. Amazing we didn’t collectively just get told to go f ourselves.
This is the most predictable thing ever. Absolute idiocy to not be in the country you want to reside in on January 1st.