The Youth Mobility Visa is a visa designed for young people to experience life in the United Kingdom, without committing to Indefinite Leave to Remain or British Citizenship. It is perfect for young professionals looking to live and work in the UK for up to two years, or three years for New Zealand nationals.
This visa is designed for people between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. It is meant to improve the opportunities for young people looking to gain professional experience in the United Kingdom. The Youth Mobility Visa has no option for extension after the initial 2 years of stay that the visa offers. Nevertheless, it offers the opportunity to switch into a longer-term Work or Family Visa route.
When it comes to understanding if this visa is the correct path for you, your circumstances, and your life, seeking out professional advice is always recommended. Our team at QC Immigration are experts in all matters to do with UK immigration.
We can help advise which path would best be suited to you, and help you assess your eligibility for a Youth Mobility Visa. Contact QC Immigration today for expert advice, solutions and representation on planning your Youth Mobility Visa path and beyond.
The Youth Mobility Visa is aimed at attracting young professionals looking to experience life in the United Kingdom, without having to commit to a full Work Visa initially.
The eligibility criteria, that needs to be met in order to qualify for a Youth Mobility Visa are as follows:
An eligible candidate for the Youth Mobility Scheme must:
You can apply if you are from the following locations:
You can also apply as a British Overseas citizen, British Overseas Territories citizen, or as a British National (Overseas).
An eligible candidate can also apply from the following countries, but other participating countries must first be selected through the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot before applying:
You cannot apply if:
Financially, you must have £2,530 in savings listed as a requirement, and the money must be available for at least 28 days in a row before applying, and day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa. This is to demonstrate that you are financially capable of supporting yourself within the UK without needing to access public funds; without it you will not be viewed as a suitable candidate and this may cause you to not pass the application process.
QC Immigration is here to give you all the guidance that you require when looking to apply for a Youth Mobility Visa. We realise that the whole process, even just assessing if you are eligible, can feel overwhelming. Using our support can simplify the process and save you time.
Our team has extensive experience in Youth Mobility Visas and will be able to make sure you are showing the right evidence and ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements before submitting.
Currently the application fees are £259 for a tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa.
There will be an additional healthcare surcharge of £470 per year that you may be required to pay as a part of your application, and it is important to note that this is not included in the application fee.
To support your application, you will need to provide documents that prove you are eligible for this visa category. We can help guide you through this process and ensure that you have everything you need.
For the Youth Mobility Visa, you will need:
Depending on your circumstances, there may be additional documents that are required. At QC Immigration, we can help you with any additional documentation requests.
If any of your official documents are not in English or Welsh, you will need to arrange a certified translation of the documents before your application.
As well as providing all of these documents, the way that you present them is just as important. Contact QC Immigration today to put together a strong application. We will highlight the key factors the immigration officers assess and help you avoid putting in unnecessary information that may prolong the process.
As a successful applicant of the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa UK you will be allowed to legally work, within any (legal) profession other than as a professional sports coach or sport person. There are however, limitations and conditions to this:
You can be self-employed only under the circumstance that you have no employees or people working for you, and the total cost of the equipment you use must be below £5,000. You must also not own any premises that you work from, or carry out work in, other than your home.
As a successful applicant of the visa, you will be allowed to study within the UK. However, you will not be allowed to access public funds.
If you are a citizen of anywhere other than Japan, Canada, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea or Australia, you will need a specific certificate in order to be allowed to study certain subjects at postgraduate level. This is because you are subject to the conditions of the Academic Technology Approval Scheme.
Prior to your Youth Mobility Scheme Visa expiring, you may be eligible to apply for a different UK visa. A typical visa application following a Youth Mobility Visa stay includes the Partner Visa, Innovator Founder Visa or taking the Skilled Worker Visa route.
Please make sure to note that if any dependants or family members need to switch their UK visas they will have to apply separately, and there are certain visa types which cannot be switched according to immigration rules.
It's also important to know:
If you are looking to extend your stay in the UK with a different visa application, QC Immigration is here to help - with expert advice, solutions and representation, our immigration lawyers could help you to obtain entry clearance. Contact us for help switching your UK visa type, or completing a new UK visa application, today.
In the UK, switching some visa types is usually not possible if you have one of the following visas:
We will be able to provide the practical guidance that is needed to ensure your applicable traits for the Youth Mobility Visa are highlighted, and you have the best chances of having a successful visa application.
QC Immigration can help Increase your chances of your UK visa application being accepted with the help of our experienced immigration lawyers.