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Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is for young adults from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom.


In order to qualify for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You are aged between 18 and 30;

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

  • You have at least £1,890 in savings;

  • You do not have any children under 18 who live with you or for whom you are financially responsible;

  • You have not previously been in the UK under the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) or in the former ‘Working Holidaymaker’ category.

To be able to apply for entry clearance under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS), you must score 50 points and meet all the other requirements (Nationality, Age, Maintenance (Funds))of the Immigration Rules.

Duration of Visa:

If you are a citizen of Hong Kong or the Republic of Korea, you will need to be sponsored by an employer in the UK and obtain a certificate of sponsorship reference number before you apply. Citizens of other listed countries are sponsored by their government or authority.

If your application for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa is successful you will be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months (if you turn 31 while you are in the UK, you can stay for as long as your visa is valid).

You will be free to do any type of work (except as a professional sportsperson or doctor or dentist in training) and engage in privately funded studies during your stay in the United Kingdom. You will also be able to be self-employed and set up a company, provided that your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees. Youth Mobility Scheme temporary migrants may also undertake voluntary work and au pair placements as and when they wish.

There is a limit on the number of places available under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme route. This limit is split between the countries.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa holders cannot switch into any other category of the Points Based System without leaving the UK.

If you wish to obtain advice or legal assistance in respect of your immigration matter, we offer an affordable and confidential consultation at a fixed fee with and experienced immigration lawyer where we can answer your questions and explain the processes that will apply. Your consultation fees will be set off against your instructions to the firm if you go on to instruct us.

For more information or to book an initial consultation, please contact us

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