Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa

What is a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa allows applicants from certain nationals namely young adults to enter the UK for holiday and work for a period of two years. This visa category was previously known as the Working Holiday Visa category.

Which countries are eligible to apply?

  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas);

What are the requirements to apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

The Home Office must be satisfied you meet the following requirements:
  • You do not fall for refusal under General grounds for refusal
  • You are aged between 18 and 30 on the date of the application;
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, or San Marino or are a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas);
  • You have minimum funds of £2,530 which you have held for a 28 day period within the 31 days before your application;
  • You do not have any children under 18 who are living with you or are financially dependent on you;
  • You have not previously been in the UK on the Youth Mobility Scheme route;
  • You have taken a valid TB test, if required

Which are the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa Supporting Documents?

You will need to provide:
  • A valid passport or other identity and nationality document
  • Evidence of bank statements showing you have at least minimum of funds of £2,530 in savings
  • Your Tuberculosis (TB) test results, if required
  • You would need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh
  • You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
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Can dependants apply under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

Unfortunately dependants are not eligible to apply.

Is there a fee towards the Immigration Health Surcharge?

You will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge at the time of making the application, to cover the relevant visa period (2 years). The Immigration Health Surcharge is now £624 per visa holder per year,

Does this route lead to Settlement in the UK?

The Tier 5 youth mobility visa is a temporary visa and does not lead to settlement in this visa category.

Does the Tier 5 youth mobility visa allow you to switch into a different visa category?

Subject to meeting the relevant requirements, you may be eligible to apply for a Skilled Worker Visa. Our Team of experts can help discuss other options including visas leading to settlement residency.
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FAQ's

Our Top Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa FAQ’S

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa currently costs £244.00.

You will be required to obtain entry clearance before you enter the UK. The application process is online, including submission of documents and fingerprints.

The application process is different depending on which country you are applying and where applicable subject to the ballot system or sponsorship. If your application is successful, you must apply within the specified time limit to submit your application.

You cannot apply to extend your Tier 5 youth mobility scheme visa. This is a temporary visa and does not lead to settlement.
Applications can take between 3-4 weeks before a decision is reached to grant you entry clearance in this category. In some case it can be a lot quicker.

Yes you are entitled to get married and if you decide can switch into the Spouse visa category to continue to reside and remain in the UK. 

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