What is the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa and Who Should Apply?  

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa has been a popular entry route to the UK over the years. It is a visa category that is governed by the Immigration rules and it is a Point Based System visa. Unlike other visas, this unique visa was introduced for a particular group of people. The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa allows nationals of some counties to apply for Entry Clearance to the UK. Once granted Entry Clearance Applicants can live and work in the UK for a period of 2 years. It is crucial the timing of a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa application is planned properly because one an allocation has been filled there will be no further grants of the visa until the next allocation.    

Who can apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is only open to nationals of 8 countries.  Each country has its own annual allocation. The annual allocation quota can be found under Appendix G of the rules. Please see below for a list of countries you can benefit from this visa and their annual allocation:

  • Australia – 34,000 places
  • New Zealand – 14,000 places
  • Canada – 6,000 places
  • Japan – 1,000 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places
  • South Korea – 1,000 places
  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places

Applicants should apply for this visa as early as possible. The Home Office will not grant a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa if the annual allocation has been filled even if you meet all the requirements listed under the Immigration Rules.

How to apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa is for a young people aged between 18 to 30.  In order to be granted the visa Applicants must score 50 points under the Points Based System.  To be awarded 50 points the following conditions must be met across 3 different categories:

  • First Applicants must meet the nationality requirement (worth 30 points);
  • Secondly, Applicants must meet the age requirement (worth 10 points); and
  • Thirdly Applicants must meet the maintenance requirement (worth 10 points).

To be awarded 30 points for nationality you must be from one of the countries listed under Appendix G of the rules. You will be awarded a further 10 points if you are aged between 18 to 30 years. Lastly, you will be awarded 10 points if you can show that you have personal savings in the sum of £1890. The funds in question must have been held for 90 consecutive days with the last date ending no more than 31 days before the submission date of the application.

The earliest Applicants can apply for this visa is 6 months before the date of travel. The standard processing time for this visa is 3 weeks but a decision may be delayed if the Home Office is experiencing a high volume of applications.

What to do once your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa is granted?

If your visa application is successful you will be granted Entry Clearance to the UK for 2 years. Once you arrive in the UK you can take up employment (only in some fields), take up self-employment (only in a limited capacity) or study. You will not be permitted to take up employment as a professional sportsperson, a role in the medical profession or dentistry. Applicants will have no recourse to public funds and must register with the Police if this is required by Paragraph 326 of the Immigration Rules.

Using Legal Representation apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct immigration and visa legal representatives to apply for a visa under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme in the United Kingdom.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa meets the Immigration Rules.

Successfully apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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