The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa is a great visa option available to young people of certain nationalities if they wish to experience life in the UK for up to two years. This visa route was formally known as the Working Holiday Visa before the creation of the current Points Based System. As a Points Based System application, Applicants will need to acquire the necessary amount of points in order for the visa to be granted under the Youth Mobility Scheme. Our Immigration Solicitors in London specialise in Points Based System applications and are qualified to advise on all the mandatory requirements and documents needed for a successful application.
What is the Youth Mobility Scheme?
The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme allows Applicants from the participating countries listed below who between the ages of 18 and 30 to come to the UK to “experience life in the UK”. This means they can work and study if they so choose. Applicants are however not entitled to public funds.
As a Points Based System application, the specific number of points (50 points in total) must be attained in the following categories:
- 30 points for meeting the nationality requirement (see below);
- 10 points for meeting the age requirement as mentioned above; and
- 10 points for meeting the maintenance requirement – Applicants must have personal savings of at least £1,890.
What nationalities can apply for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?
Only nationals from the following countries which are listed under Appendix G to the Immigration Rules can apply for the Youth Mobility Visa:
- New Zealand;
- Hong Kong;
- South Korea; and
British overseas citizens, citizens of British Overseas Territories and British nationals (overseas) are also eligible to apply.
Countries and territories which take part in the Youth Mobility Scheme are given an annual allocation of visas. Appendix G to the Immigration Rules outlines the allocations and is updated every year. If one of the participating countries has used up their annual allocation, the Applicant’s application will be refused, even if all of the requirements have been met.
Can I apply for a Youth Mobility Visa in the UK?
No, the Youth Mobility Visa must be made from outside the UK (entry clearance). Applicants cannot switch into this visa category from within the UK. All applications are made online.
How long does it take to get a Youth Mobility Visa UK?
It should take 3 weeks to receive a decision from the Home Office once an Applicant has given their biometrics (photograph and fingerprints) at a visa application support centre in their home country. It may be possible to get a quicker decision by using a priority service (for an additional fee). This will place the application ahead of the queue and the Home Office aims to make a decision within 5 days. However, for applications which are not straightforward, it is advised that Applicants do not use the priority service as the fee is non-refundable.
How much does a Youth Mobility Visa cost?
The Home Office fee is currently £244. Applicants will also have to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on top of the Home Office application fee. At the time of writing, the total IHS fee for Applicants applying under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme is £600. Applicants can also use the IHS fee calculator to confirm how much they need to pay.
Can I extend my Youth Mobility Visa?
No, the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa is granted for a period of two years, after which Applicants will either have to leave the UK or apply for leave to remain in a different visa category. Depending on the visa category they may be able to switch from within the UK (i.e. from the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme to a Spouse Visa).
Can I bring my dependants on the Youth Mobility Visa?
Unfortunately, dependants are not allowed under this visa route. Furthermore, Applicants who have children (under the age of 18) who live with them or who they are financially responsible for will not be allowed to successfully apply for this visa.
Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility 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 an immigration and visa legal representative 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 Visa meets the Immigration Rules.
Successfully apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa with our Immigration Solicitors in London
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 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 a successful Points Based System applications. 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.