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What is the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS)?

The working holidaymaker scheme is an arrangement where a NZ citizen aged between 18 and 30 can come to the United Kingdom (UK) for an working holiday for up to two years. Please go direct to the Embassy Website to read more about the latest information and FAQs about this visa. 

This new Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS), for which New Zealand nationals are eligible, was launched on 27 November 2008 to replace the old Working Holiday Maker (WHM) Scheme. The new scheme allows young New Zealanders between the ages of 18 and 30 to work in the UK for the whole of the two years compared to just one year under the previous scheme.

How do I qualify for a YMS?

You qualify as a working holidaymaker visa (YMS) if:
  • you are a New Zealand citizen;
  • you want to come to the UK to take employment as an integral part of a working holiday;
  • you do not have any dependent children
  • you have the means to pay for your return, or onward journey
  • you plan to leave the UK at the end of your holiday
  • How long can I stay?

    You can only stay and work in the UK for two years, from the date you first enter the UK in this category. We will count any time you spend outside the UK during that period as part of the two years.

    What work can I do?

    The Youth Mobility Scheme does not place any restrictions on the type of work you can do. There is also no restriction on the amount of work that you can do (part-time or full-time).

    Do I need a working holiday visa for the UK?

    Unless you have an EU passport you will need a visa to work in the UK

    What funds will I need to qualify for a UK Working Holiday Visa - YMS?

    For the YMS Visa application you need to prove you have the equivalent of £1895

    Find out how much you need here using OANDA

    When does the YMS visa start?

    As you may enter the UK under the Youth Mobility Scheme for 2 years from the date you enter in this category, it is advisable to tell the Entry Clearance Officer when you intend to travel so that the entry clearance can be deferred to that date. The validity of the entry clearance can be deferred for up to 3 months from the date of issue.

    Can International Working Holidays help me get a Working Holiday YMS Visa?

    Yes - we have a YMS Visa service - to avoid having your visa declined because of incorrect paperwork - let us do the hard work for you. Not only that we'll give you our UK Arrival Survival Guide for free and a UK SIM Card.

    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.


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