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Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa

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Youth Mobility Scheme

The youth mobility scheme is for young people (18 -30) from a limited number of countries and territories who want to come and experience life in the UK. Every year, the UK government allocates a specific number of places for each country and territory.

This is a good visa for young people eager to experience living and working in the UK. The Tier 5 visa allows young people from a limited number of countries entry to live and work in the UK for up to two years. However, there are only a relatively small number of countries whose nationals are eligible to apply for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa category; These are detailed below. Your national government will be considered your sponsor during your stay.

Participating countries and territories

You can apply for a UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you are between 18 and 30, and are from one of these countries:

Workers from Taiwan, Korea, and Hong Kong must apply for a certificate of sponsorship from their government to apply.

You can also apply under the scheme if you are aged between 18 and 30, and a:

  • British overseas citizen

  • British overseas territories citizen, or

  • British national (overseas)

In these cases, applicants will not need a sponsor, and there is no limit on the number of places on the scheme.


The Youth mobility Scheme is closed to people who;

  • Have children who they are financially responsible for, or who live with them

  • Have previous travelled to the UK through the scheme, or the old working holiday visa (now closed)

Length of stay

Up to 2 years


Youth Mobility visa applicants must have funds of at least £1890

Further Information, Help, and Advice's team of specialists has over 25 years of experience in immigration services, and have helped thousands of people to study and work in the UK. We work with OISC registered advisers who can submit your UK visa application to the Home Office to be dealt with on the same day.

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