Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

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Youth Mobility Scheme Visa​

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa is for young adults from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years (or three years for Australian (from 31 January 2024), Canadian (from 31 January 2024) and New Zealand citizens).

Dependants are not eligible to apply on the Youth Mobility Scheme visa route and it is not a route that leads directly to indefinite leave to remain in the UK. However, Youth Mobility Scheme visa holders may be able to apply from within the UK to switch to a route that does lead to settlement in the UK.

If you are a citizen of either Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan you must be selected first in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot. You can also apply if you hold either a British Overseas citizenship, British Overseas Territories citizenship or are a British National (overseas).

You can only apply for this scheme once and are also restricted from applying if you have children under the age of 18 who live with you or have children you are financially responsible for.

Requirements For A Youth Mobility Scheme Visa​

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

  • You are aged between 18 and 30 (or 18 and 35 for Australian (from 31 January 2024), Canadian (from 31 January 2024) and New Zealand nationals) on the date of the application;
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, India, Iceland, Monaco, Andorra (from 31 January 2024), Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, or San Marino or are a British Overseas citizen, British Overseas Territories citizen or British National (Overseas);
  • If you are a citizen of India, you hold an education qualification equal to or above RQF level 6 or have a minimum of three years’ work experience in a professional role equivalent to an eligible occupation listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations;
  • You have funds of £2,530 which you have held for 28 days 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 paid the visa application fee and Immigration Health Charge and provided any required biometric information;
  • You have taken a tuberculosis test if required;
  • You do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

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Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa is for young adults from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years (or three years for Australian (from 31 January 2024), Canadian (from 31 January 2024) and New Zealand citizens).

Dependants are not eligible to apply on the Youth Mobility Scheme visa route and it is not a route that leads directly to indefinite leave to remain in the UK. However, Youth Mobility Scheme visa holders may be able to apply from within the UK to switch to a route that does lead to settlement in the UK.

If you are a citizen of either Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan you must be selected first in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot. You can also apply if you hold either a British Overseas citizenship, British Overseas Territories citizenship or are a British National (overseas).

You can only apply for this scheme once and are also restricted from applying if you have children under the age of 18 who live with you or have children you are financially responsible for.

How Much Does It Cost?​

Firstly, you must show that you have at least £2,530 in your bank account to support yourself in the UK. This money must be held for at least 28 days in a row, within 31 days of applying. The standard fee for a youth mobility visa is £244 and this fee is the same whether you’re applying from inside the UK or outside.

It will take UKVS experts no longer than 2 or 3 weeks to complete the processing of your application. In this time, we will discuss the contents of your application and the supporting documents with you.

How Long Can you Stay?

You’ll be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months. You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.

It will take UKVS experts no longer than 2 or 3 weeks to complete the processing of your application. In this time, we will discuss the contents of your application and the supporting documents with you.

Requirements For A Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

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

  • You are aged between 18 and 30 (or 18 and 35 for Australian (from 31 January 2024), Canadian (from 31 January 2024) and New Zealand nationals) on the date of the application;
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, India, Iceland, Monaco, Andorra (from 31 January 2024), Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, or San Marino or are a British Overseas citizen, British Overseas Territories citizen or British National (Overseas);
  • If you are a citizen of India, you hold an education qualification equal to or above RQF level 6 or have a minimum of three years’ work experience in a professional role equivalent to an eligible occupation listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations;
  • You have funds of £2,530 which you have held for 28 days 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 paid the visa application fee and Immigration Health Charge and provided any required biometric information;
  • You have taken a tuberculosis test if required;
  • You do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

Supporting documents required

When applying for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, you will need to provide a small number of documents and items of evidence. You will be told which documents to provide. You may be asked to provide some or all of the following:

  • your current passport as proof of your identity and nationality (your passport must have at least one blank page)
  • a bank statement – this must show you have a minimum of £2,530 in savings, and these have been held in your account for at least 28 days within the last 31 days before you apply.
  • clear tuberculosis (TB) test result – this depends on which country you are from.
  • Any documents not written in English or Welsh will need to be translated.

Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be asked to provide other documents. Again, this will be explained to you when you apply.

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa Application Fees

Applicants for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa will need to pay an application fee of £244 and a healthcare surcharge of £470 per year. There is also a charge of £19.20 for a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP).

Quota

There are quotas on the number of places available on the Youth Mobility Scheme each year from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, Iceland and India. The allocation of places for 2023 is as follows:

  • Australia – 35,000 places
  • New Zealand – 13,000 places
  • Canada – 8,000 places
  • Japan – 1,500 places
  • Iceland – 1,000 places
  • India – 3,000 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places
  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places
  • Republic of Korea – 1,000 places
  • San Marino – 1,000 places
  • Andorra – 100 places (from 31 January 2024)

There is no quota on the number of British Overseas citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens or British National (Overseas) citizens who may qualify for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

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We offer a variety of services to suit your particular needs. Whether it is to take the pressure away from you and handle the full application process from start to finish, or simply assist you with the correct documents/information, our UK Visa specialists are at hand and well-equipped in terms of knowledge and experience in this area.

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