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.
- New Zealand
- Hong Kong
- Republic of Korea
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