Goal: What would be the easiest way to migrate to the UK and live there permanently?

Possible Options I can think of:

  • Option 1: Apply for a job that offers Visa Sponsorship. Then get sponsored to move over under the 5 year visa. I'm not really fully in the range of Senior developer, so more likely to have luck with Intermediate developer jobs, which I don't think are covered in the skills shortage list.

  • Option 2: Apply for the 2 year youth mobility visa, and then apply for all jobs over there remotely, even if it's not visa sponsored. I'm unsure what would happen at the end of the 2 years?

  • Option 3: Apply for the 2 year youth mobility visa, move to the UK with nothing and then apply for contract jobs and the like.

  • Option 4: Go and study something in the UK, and then try and find another development job after a year of studying.

My Status: I have been trying to apply for the jobs offering Visa sponsorship, but without achieving any interviews yet. People I have talked to usually recommend Option 3, but this worries me a lot because applying for jobs is really tough/stressful for me (I might be a low-mid grade candidate) and applying for jobs from a position of unemployment makes you an undesirable candidate and more desperate.


Home country: New Zealand

Desired Destination: London, UK

Field: Software Development

Experience: 4.5 years

Age: <25

Education level: Bachelors

  • My broader intention is to move to a large richer city/country in the EU, but limited the question to the UK to hopefully avoid generic advice and a question that was too broad. Other places I'm also looking at so far: Amsterdam, Switzerland, Germany, etc. – euMigrant Nov 18 '18 at 22:34
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    Do you perhaps have a grandparent who was born in the UK? If so, you could be eligible for the UK Ancestry visa. – Greg Hewgill Nov 18 '18 at 22:34
  • Nope, afraid not. – euMigrant Nov 18 '18 at 22:37

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