You can apply for a UK 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 £2,530 in savings
- have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries or territories
- meet the other eligibility requirements
This visa has replaced the UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5).
How long Does UK Youth Mobility Visa takes
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you travel.
You can apply from 16 January if you plan to travel on 15 July.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.
Getting a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
How much does UK Youth Mobility Visa Cost
You will need to:
- pay the application fee
- pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £470 per year – you can check how much you’ll have to pay
- prove you have enough personal savings
The application fee is £244.
How long you can stay
You’ll be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.
You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.
If you turn 31 after your visa is issued, you can stay in the UK for as long as your visa is valid.
UK Youth Mobility Visa Eligibility
You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you’re aged 18 to 30 and you’re from:
- New Zealand
- San Marino
You must be selected in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot before you can apply for your visa if you’re from:
- Hong Kong
- South Korea
You must also be aged 18 to 30 on the date you apply for your visa.
You can also apply if you’re 18 to 30 and a:
You cannot apply if you have:
- children under the age of 18 who live with you
- children you’re financially responsible for
- already been in the UK under the scheme
Money to support yourself
You must have at least £2,530 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
You’ll need to show proof of this when you apply.
What you can and cannot do with UK Youth Mobility Visa
- study – for some courses you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate
- work in most jobs
- be self-employed and set up a company – as long as your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees
- work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach)
- extend your stay
- get public funds
- bring in family members on your application – they must apply separately