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Types of UK visas available to New Zealanders.

There are two main visas for the UK that New Zealanders mostly apply for.

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UK Ancestry Visa - 5 years

If you have British born grandparents you are eligible to apply for a UK Ancestry Visa. This takes about one month and allows you to work and live in the UK for up to five years. 

You need to supply the British High Commission with the completed application forms, your passport, a letter from a prospective employer or an agency that you have registered with (eg Nannies Abroad or Working Holidays International), as well as the original of your grandparent birth certificate along with marriage and birth certificates proving the link. More

Youth Mobility Scheme - YMS (formerly Working Holiday Visa) for 2 years

If you are aged between 18-30, single with no dependants, you can apply for a YMS Visa. This allows you to work and holiday in the UK for two years from the date of first entry. Any time spent out of the country after that still counts as part of your two years. No extensions can be applied for. 

You can apply to the British High Commission three months before departure. Processing can take between 5 – 12 weeks. Requirements of this visa are that you need to have the equivalent of 1800 pounds (to support you during your stay and pay for a flight home if necessary).. More detailed information

Any further questions about which type of visa you should or can apply for call the British High Commission in Wellington;

British High Commission
Ph 04 495-0889 (9am-12noon weekdays)
Fax 04 471-1974
44 Hill Street
P.O. Box 1812

Information that appears on this webpage refers to Commonwealth Citizens only. Applicants from other countries will need to contact their nearest British High Commission for details. Nannies Abroad can not be held responsible for the information provided on this page, as it serves only as an indication. For the further and complete information see the website of the British High Commission.

Prices charged by the British High Commission

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Stress Free Visa Service

Working and living in the UK can be alot of fun, you get to travel to great places on your weekends off and experience living in one of the most exciting cities in the world - but if you're "fresh of the boat" as you'll be dubbed when you arrive - it can seem daunting.



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Take the risk and hassle out of applying for your visa and let us help you with your application. Many applicants are finding their visa application is declined due to missed questions or incorrect answers given. If that happens you'll need to resubmit and pay again.

So let us do it for you!

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