The Home Office has announced that from 29 June 2023, the Youth Mobility Scheme will be extended to New Zealand nationals aged between 18 to 35 years old, who have access to £2,530 in savings to support themselves in the UK.
New Zealand nationals eligible under this scheme may apply to work and live in the UK for an initial 24 months, which can later be extended whist in the UK for a further 12 months. All other eligible nationalities under this scheme will continue to be limited to a 24-month stay, without the option to extend and will continue with the age restriction between 18 to 30 years old.
The current visa processing time under this category is typically 3 weeks. Once approved, the visa will be issued for up to 24 months and entry to the UK must be made within 6 months of the grant.
Whist in the UK, the Youth Mobility scheme permits study, work in most jobs as well as self-employment. However, it is important to note that this status cannot be extended further than 12 months, there is no recourse to public funds, and you cannot apply with family members or work as a professional sportsperson in the UK. This visa route also does not lead to settlement.
This scheme will be replicated in New Zealand for young British nationals to benefit from life-changing opportunities in the same way.
For any questions or support in relation to this UK visa category, please contact your Magrath Sheldrick LLP advisor for further information.
Article by Zaimah Shah, Trainee