Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

Young foreign nationals may be eligible for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa if they wish to live and study in the UK. To get immediate assistance call us now at 0203 384 4389. We’re always available to help you.

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What is the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa for the UK?

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is a UK visa category designed for young people from participating countries and territories to live, work, and travel in the UK for up to two years. This visa is part of the UK’s efforts to promote cultural exchange and provides an opportunity for young adults to experience life in the UK.
You can apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you are a young adult from a participating country or territory and are planning to spend two years in the United Kingdom.

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa route is not open to dependents and it is not a route that leads directly to indefinite stay in the UK. Youth Mobility Scheme visa holders may, however, be able to switch into a route that leads to settlement in the UK from within the UK.

For more details call 0203 384 4389 

Who is eligible for the Youth Mobility Scheme?

The British Nationality Act states that in order to file an application for Naturalisation, a person must fulfil the following criteria related to UK citizenship:

In order to qualify for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:
You may have to meet different requirements depending on your situation. To ensure that any mistakes can be identified, and a solid strategy can be developed and implemented, you must seek professional advice and guidance as soon as possible.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

How Many Applicants can be Accepted on to the Youth Mobility Scheme?

Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea, San Marino, Iceland and India have quotas on the number of places available each year on the Youth Mobility Scheme. Places will be allocated as follows in 2022:
Neither British Overseas, British Overseas Territories, nor British Nationals (Overseas) are restricted from applying for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

What Rules Apply to My Country?

National (Overseas) national.
The Youth Mobility Scheme only opens to nationals, citizens, and rightful passport holders of Hong Kong, Japan, Republic of Korea, or Taiwan who have been issued with an invitation and who have applied within the specified period.
As a citizen, national or rightful passport holder of San Marino, you will need to provide a letter from the Directorate of Political and Diplomatic Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of San Marino confirming that you are a suitable candidate for the Youth Mobility Scheme. A letter must be issued within 6 months of the date of application.
Icelandic nationals, citizens or rightful passport holders must provide a Criminal Certificate for Private Use issued no more than 6 months before the date of application.
If you are a national, citizen, or rightful holder of an Indian passport, you must:

Either:
(i) Hold a qualification equal to or above RQF level 6 and have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in a role equivalent to an eligible occupation listed in Appendix Skilled Occupations.

(ii) Have a qualification equal to or above RQF level 6 and provide specific evidence of that experience.

How Does the Invitation Process for the Youth Mobility Scheme Work?

You must apply for a ballot if you are a national, citizen or rightful passport holder of Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong (if you hold a SAR passport), the Republic of Korea or India.
To apply for entry clearance under the Youth Mobility Scheme, applicants must submit an expression of interest to the Home Office. From the pool of applicants, the Home Office then selects randomly who will be invited to apply for entry clearance.
Each year, ballots are open for 48 hours between January and July. If your Youth Mobility Scheme visa application is approved, you have 30 days to submit it.
To be considered successful in the ballot, nationals of the above-mentioned countries must (a) have received an invitation to apply; and (b) have submitted their applications within the time period specified in their invitation.

What is the Financial Requirement for the Youth Mobility Scheme?

Your application must be accompanied by funds of £2,530 that you have held for a 28-day period within the 31 days preceding it.
Children under the age of 18 must not live with you or be financially dependent on you.

What if I turn 31?

You will be able to enter the United Kingdom and remain there for a period of up to two years if your application for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa is approved.
During this period, you will be able to enter and leave the United Kingdom at any time. You may remain in the UK until the end of your visa validity if you turn 31 while you are there.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

What Conditions Apply to the Youth Mobility Scheme?

The Youth Mobility Scheme allows you to work in the UK, except if you are a professional sportsperson or coach. As a self-employed person, however, you must not have any employees, own any equipment you use for the business for less than £5,000, and have no premises where you carry out your business (except for your home).
Additionally, you will be allowed to study. In any case, you will be subject to the conditions of the Academic Technology Approval Scheme unless you are an Australian, Canadian, Japanese, New Zealand, or Republic of Korea citizen. Some subjects in the UK require a certificate in order to be studied at the postgraduate level.
You will not be able to access public funds.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Can I Switch from the Youth Mobility Scheme to a Settlement Pathway?

You may be able to switch to another immigration category before the expiration of your Youth Mobility Scheme visa, for example the Skilled Worker route or the Start-up route. If you wish to settle in the UK, our immigration lawyers can advise on possible long-term immigration routes.

Switching from the Youth Mobility Scheme to a settlement pathway in the UK is generally not straightforward. The Youth Mobility Scheme is a temporary visa and does not lead directly to settlement (‘indefinite leave to remain’). Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Nature of Youth Mobility Scheme: This scheme is designed for young adults (aged 18 to 30) from certain countries to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. It is a cultural exchange program and is not intended as a route to long-term residency.

  2. Switching to Another Visa: To switch to a visa category that can lead to settlement, you would typically need to leave the UK and apply from your home country. However, there are some exceptions where switching within the UK is allowed, such as if you get a job offer that qualifies you for a Skilled Worker Visa.

  3. Criteria for Settlement Visas: Settlement pathways, like the Skilled Worker Visa, have specific requirements such as having a job offer from a UK employer with a Sponsor Licence, meeting salary requirements, and proving your knowledge of English.

  4. Seek Professional Advice: Immigration rules are complex and subject to change. It’s advisable to consult your immigration solicitor for personalised solution at 0203 384 4389 

How can UK Immigration Solicitors help me with My Potential Individual Visa?

Our expert legal team are highly experienced in assisting with the below services (where the option has been made available by UKVI and is considered appropriate)

New Applications – We can help you assess the merits, challenges and solutions to any issues arising whilst making a new application for the Youth Mobility Scheme

Legal Representations – Where applicable, if you find yourself in an unusual or challenging situation and want the Home Office to take notice of your special circumstances to ensure that you are treated fairly and your rights are respected, our expert team can make both oral and written persuasive legal representations.

Challenge a Refusal – If your application has been refused, we can consider your refusal for free and advise on the best course of action.

Administrative Review – Home Office or Immigration Rules can be challenged if the decision-maker failed to follow them correctly.

Judicial Review – If your application was denied illegally, unreasonable or procedurally improperly, our immigration lawyers can apply for Judicial Review and represent you at the Judicial Review hearing.

Appeal an Unfair Decision – The decision to refuse your application may provide you with a right of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. Our expert lawyers can advise you on and handle Appeals before the Immigration & Asylum Chamber (First Tier & Upper Tribunal)

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Why Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

At UK Immigration Solicitors, we are passionate about all thing’s immigration. As a multi award winning nationwide law firm, we are proud to offer a truly global service. We have assisted clients from more than 120 countries over the last 10 years. We are proud to innovate and lead the immigration law industry.
Back in 2012, after carefully listening to the frustrations of clients who could not find reliable immigration advice online, we pioneered the provision of legal representation for immigration cases online. This was a revolutionary transition and since our innovations, there have been a whole multitude of online immigration service providers.
UK Immigration Solicitors are immensely proud of our reputation and our ability to deliver a truly global, comprehensive service to our clients without the need for them to step foot outside of the comfort of their own home in most cases.

Our experienced UK immigration lawyers can help you through each step of the immigration process. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Most of the time, a child needs a visa in order to live in the UK. For instance, if their parent is a foreign national working or studying in the country, the child may need a Child Dependant Visa.

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is exclusively available to applicants from outside the UK, as it grants entry clearance but not permission to stay.
The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is exclusively available to applicants from outside the UK, as it grants entry clearance but not permission to stay.

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa extension is available for New Zealanders, and Australians can extend from January 31, 2024. Eligible individuals can extend it by one year after spending a full two years in the UK, with a one-time extension. The cost is £259, plus the immigration healthcare surcharge.

Others can explore alternative visas for extension, such as:

1. Ancestry Visa – for those with a UK-born grandparent.
2. Skilled Worker Visa – if a job offer is secured from a UK Sponsor.
3. Ancestry Dependant Visa – for spouses of Ancestry Visa holders.
4. Spouse Visa – for those married to UK settlers or citizens.

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