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Are you eligible for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa?

28 August 2018 James Ritchie Blog

There are a number of different visa options you may wish to consider when looking to gain entry to the United Kingdom, one of which is the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa.

This visa route is open to those between the ages of 18 and 31 years old, with savings of £1,890, who are from either:

  • Australia;
  • Canada;
  • Japan;
  • Monaco;
  • New Zealand;
  • Hong Kong;
  • Republic of Korea; or
  • Taiwan

The full requirements which an applicant must meet can be found in Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. This blog will summarise a number of salient points concerning this route.

Can I work full-time?

Yes, once granted you will have the opportunity to undertake employment without conditions on what work you can do. This, however, does not extend to self employment, professional sportspersons, or those seeking employment as doctors or dentists; further guidance on these exceptions is provided by the Home Office in their policy document.

Can I apply to stay longer?

You cannot extend a youth mobility visa.

Can I switch onto the Youth Mobility Scheme visa from my current leave before it expires?

No, you cannot apply for this visa from within the United Kingdom. You may apply from your home country.

Can I bring dependents?

If you have children who are either living with you or for whom you are financially responsible, the Youth Mobility Scheme is closed to you.

Do I need a Certificate of Sponsorship?

Of the countries which the Youth Mobility Scheme is open to, not all have Deemed Sponsorship Status. This means that you may have to submit a valid Certificate of Sponsorship issued by your country or territory when you make your application. Presently, those countries are South Korea and Hong Kong.

The application requirements are observably less burdensome than the average visa route, however it should be cautioned that this is a mere summary of the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Visa. If you would like more information tailored to your situation, we offer consultations and a full application service to provide advice and assistance on the best course of action to take to secure your position the UK, please fill out our online enquiry form.

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