Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa 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.
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:
Prospective Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa applicants who are nationals of Taiwan, South Korea, and Hong Kong will need to be picked from an annual lottery for the available visas.
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.
Terms and conditions of entry as a Tier 5 Youth Mobility visa holder
- You can work in almost any type of employment.
- You can be self-employed and set up a company as long as your premises are rented and your equipment is not worth more than £5,000. You also should not have any employees
- You should not work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach).
- You can only work as a doctor or dentist in training if you can show you qualified in the UK
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
UK visa information, help, and advice
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