Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme replaces the previous UK Working Holiday Visa programme. The Youth Mobility Scheme is for young people who want to live, work and travel in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years. The Youth Mobility Scheme is only open to countries which have a special reciprocal agreement with the United Kingdom.

You can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa if you:

  • want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
  • are aged 18 to 30
  • have £1,890 in savings

You must be the from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • Hong Kong
  • Republic of Korea
  • Taiwan
  • British overseas citizen
  • British Overseas Territories citizen
  • British national (overseas)

You would not meet the eligibility requirement if you have;

  • children who live with you
  • children for whom you are financially responsible.
  • already been in the UK under the scheme or in the former working holidaymaker category.

If you are a citizen of Hong Kong or Republic of Korea you will need a certificate of sponsorship reference number before you apply under this scheme.

Visa conditions:


You can:

  • study - for some courses with prior approval from an Academic Technology Approval Scheme
  • work in most jobs
  • be self-employed and set up a company - as long as your premises are rented, your equipment isn’t worth more than £5,000 and you don’t have any employees don’ts
  • work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach), doctor or dentist in training - unless you can show you qualified in the UK
  • extend your stay
  • you cannot have access to public funds
  • bring in family members on your application - they must apply separately

How can we help:

The scheme is even though simplified for visa purposes but the application process could be difficult for someone who has never come across the complex UK Immigration where applications are tend to be refused for minor mistakes or omission. We have a vast experience of representing clients in all areas of UK immigration and at Immigration Solicitors 4me you will have a peace of mind that specialist immigration lawyers are representing your case. We offer affordable professional legal services to clients from all over the world.