As announced by the UK and New Zealand Prime Ministers in July 2022, the UK government has introduced a favourable immigration policy that allows New Zealand citizens to extend their existing two-year UK Youth Mobility visas for an additional year.
The Youth Mobility Scheme is a unique programme designed to promote cultural exchange and strengthen the ties between participating countries and the UK. It provides an opportunity for young people to live, work, and experience life in the UK for a limited period.
Initially, the Youth Mobility visa allowed New Zealand nationals to stay in the UK for up to two years, during which they could work, study, and travel around the country. This created a fantastic chance for young Kiwis to immerse themselves in British culture, expand their horizons, and gain valuable international experience.
The recent update has brought great news for New Zealand citizens on the Youth Mobility Scheme. Eligible individuals, who are already in the UK on a two-year Youth Mobility visa, now have the option to extend their stay for an additional year. Young Kiwis can enjoy an extra year of living, working, and exploring the UK, making the most of this enriching experience.
By extending their stay under the Youth Mobility Scheme, young Kiwis have an extended period to explore the UK job market, build valuable work experience, and potentially secure a job offer that meets the criteria for a Skilled Worker visa. This transition can provide an excellent opportunity for career growth and development, allowing New Zealand nationals to continue their journey in the UK as skilled professionals after completing their Youth Mobility visa tenure. This extension benefits aspiring Kiwi professionals looking for a pathway that could lead to long-term residency and new prospects in the UK.
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