Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa UK: Guidance

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa scheme is available for certain nationals only as such Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Taiwan. Many young people from these countries come to the UK, usually after completing university, to work and travel through the UK before returning home to ‘settle down’. Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa provides a passage for many young people who look for the work experience in the UK.

Our team at A Y & J Solicitors can certainly help you obtain your Tier 5 Youth Mobility work visa. As a focused immigration firm, we provide friendly, responsive, accurate legal advice and information that you can rely on.  By instructing us to manage your entry clearance visa application, you can be confident that you receive right legal advice and strong legal representation.

Who Can Apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

To apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa, you must:

  • Be aged between the ages of 18 and 30 years; and
  • Be a national of one of the current participating countries: Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Taiwan, Monaco; or
  • Be a British overseas citizen, British Overseas Territories citizen or British overseas national; and
  • Have savings of at least £1,890

You may be eligible for a Tier 5 visa if you are from the Republic of Korea or Hong Kong; however, an employer needs to sponsor you.  To do this, they will need to hold a Tier 5 Sponsor Licence.

To apply for a Tier 5 visa, you cannot:

  • Have children living with you or be financially responsible for a child
  • Have been in the UK under the former ‘working holidaymaker’ category or another scheme

A youth mobility visa is considered a temporary visa and cannot be used towards permanent UK residency. If you would like to qualify for residency, please contact us, and we can review your options.

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How to Apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

Before applying for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa, it is useful to read the British government’s guidance.  Unless you are from North Korea, you must apply for the visa online.

You will need to pay the healthcare surcharge in full, which will amount to £400 to cover you for the two years of your visa.

What Documents Will I Need to Provide with My Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

You will need to send in the following (non-comprehensive list of) documents with your application:

  • Your current passport or valid travel document
  • The evidence you have the required funds
  • The results of your TB test (if required)

The Advantages of Having a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa

The UK provides excellent opportunities for those between the ages of 18 and 30 years to live and work in the UK under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. This visa is valid for up to 24 months and carries almost no restrictions on work. Aside from setting up a large-scale business, earning wages in a professional sport, or working as a doctor in training, Tier 5 visa holders may work in any employment.

Most young people who come to the UK on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa cite the following reasons:

  • The chance to see the United Kingdom
  • The opportunity to mix with different cultures and make new friends
  • Vast career opportunities and the ability to earn good money
  • The experience of being surrounded by history, art and culture
  • British pubs!
  • The challenge and adventure of being independent in a foreign country

What Can I Do If My Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa application is Refused?

It is rare for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa to be refused.  However, if you fail to put the application together correctly or include the necessary documents, your visa may be denied, leading to wasted time and money.  And because the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa is a points-based visa, you will not have a right of appeal.

If your visa is refused, A Y & J Solicitors can advise you on the next best steps to take, including Administrative Review of the decision.

Why Choose A Y & J Solicitors to Assist You with Your Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?

It has been our pleasure at A Y & J Solicitors to work with many fine young people by helping them successfully apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. Our highly qualified lawyers work tirelessly for their clients, and always make the process as efficient and hassle-free as possible.

Many people are not ready to return home at the end of their two-year visa.  If you wish to stay in the UK and continue your stay and take advantage of other career opportunities, we can assist you with switching to a Tier 2 General Visa which will allow you to remain for a further five years.  After this period, you may be eligible to apply for settlement.


You will usually get a decision on your visa within three weeks of making the application. You can also check processing time on Home Office website:https://www.gov.uk/visa-processing-times

It costs £244 to apply. (on 21st Aug 2018)

Yes, and we can advise on this analysing your circumstances.

Opening a UK bank account is a little easier than it was in the past, which is a relief as most employers will require you to have one.  To open an account, most of the time, you will need to provide two documents, one to prove your address and one to prove your identity.  The latter can be a passport or a driver’s licence.  It can be tricky to find proof of address, as you are likely to be staying in a hostel or temporary accommodation when you first arrive.  Thankfully, many banks will accept a letter from your place of study or your employer which states their address, provided it is not more than three months old.

Success Story on Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa for British Overseas national
On March 05, 2018 | In Tier 5 Visa | By A Y & J Solicitors

Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa for British Overseas National

Former Tier 4 Student Seeks Re-entry Under Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) Initially, Mr K entered the UK as a student. He was subsequently granted further leave to remain in the UK on several occasions as a Tier 4 (General) Student. Mr K decided not to study any further but work by the time of…

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