This is a visa scheme under Tier 5 visas category that is only open to people aged between 18 and 30 who are nationals of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan, or who are British Overseas citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens or British National Overseas citizens.

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa scheme enables the migrant to come to the UK and work for up to 24 months. There is no English language requirement for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa applicants.

Learn more about the requirements of the visa scheme and find out more about the visa application processing times and fees in this detailed guide.

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa Requirements

There are several requirements you need to satisfy for a successful Youth Mobility Scheme Visa under the Tier 5 category. Some of the major requirements include;

  • You are aged between 18 – 30 years
  • Have savings of £1,890
  • You are a national of below-listed countries or have certain type of British Nationality
  • Certificate of sponsorship

Nationalities for Visa Scheme

You are eligible to apply for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you are national of one of the following countries.

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

Certain types of British Nationalities include;

  • British overseas citizen
  • British overseas territories citizen
  • British national (overseas)

Visa Application Time

It usually takes around 3 weeks for the UKVI to make a decision about your application. The visa processing time, however, might take longer depending on the country that you apply from.

Check Visa processing times on this UKVI page if you have made an application from outside the UK.

Visa Application Fees

At the time of writing this, it costs £235 to make an application for Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

This is in addition to the healthcare surcharge that you will need to pay as part of your application.

FAQs – Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

Here’re some of the most frequently asked questions about Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa.

How long can you stay on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

You can stay up to two years on this Tier 5 visa scheme.

Can you Study while staying on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

You can study for some courses while you are on the scheme in the UK but you’ll need to obtain an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate.

How long is the certificate of sponsorship valid for?

The certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months and you should make an application within that time.

Can you apply if you have children? 

You are not eligible to apply if you have children who live with you or if you’re financially responsible for children.