All you need to know about the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is a visa route open to young people in participating countries which allows them to come to the UK to work, study, or enjoy life in the UK. The Youth Mobility Scheme is a Points Based System application and there are a certain number of allocations available per year, therefore it is important that applications are prepared correctly with a firm understanding of the UK’s complex Immigration Rules in order to give the application the best chance of success.

What is the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is a Points Based application where eligible Applicants will be granted entry if they can score 50 points in total, across 3 categories as below:

  • 30 points by meeting the nationality requirement – being a national of one of the countries listed under Appendix G of the Immigration Rules; and
  • 10 points by meeting the age requirement – being age 18 or over at the time their entry clearance become valid for use and under the age of 31 on the date they make their application; and
  • 10 points by meeting the maintenance requirement – being able to demonstrate they have personal savings of at least £1,890.

Others who are eligible to apply are individuals over 18 years old who are; British overseas citizens, British overseas territories citizens or British nationals (overseas). Applicants who have dependents are ineligible to apply under the Youth Mobility Scheme. Some Applicants will also need to provide a TB Test Certificate; depending on the country they are applying from. All Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Applicants will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (“IHS”) as does any migrant applying to come to the UK for a period of over 6 months. However, Youth Mobility Scheme migrants pay less IHS than migrants in other categories such as family-based applications.

What can I and can’t I do on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

Successful Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Applicants can undertake a range of activities in the UK. For example:

  1. They can study without the need to apply for a Tier 4 student visa, however for some courses Applicants will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate;
  2. They can work in most jobs without the need for a Tier 2 work visa; and
  3. They can be self-employed and set up a company as long as the business premises are rented, they do not have any equipment worth more than £5,000 and they do not have any employees.

It should also be noted that Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Applicants cannot do the following whilst they are in the UK:

  1. They cannot work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach), doctor or dentist in training unless they can show that they qualified in the UK;
  2. They cannot get public funds and benefits; and
  3. They cannot bring add family members as part of their application – any family members must apply separately.

Can I extend my Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa?

It is not possible to extend leave under the Tier 5 Scheme past the initial two year period. However, those who are in the UK under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme may be able to apply to switch into another visa category from within the UK. However, not all visa categories are eligible for switching from the Tier 5 Scheme from within the UK and anyone thinking of switching should contact our immigration team in order to arrange a consultation with our specialist immigration solicitors to confirm whether the switch is possible and other options available during a consultation.

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 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 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 a 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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