Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa UK, Application and Requirements

The tier Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa in many ways replaces the previous working holiday maker visa which was open to young Commonwealth citizens wishing to come to the UK for a holiday and to work for a maximum period of two years prior to returning to their country.

The working holiday Visa was replaced by the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme which route is for sponsored young people for participating countries who wish, like its predecessor, the Working Holiday visa, to experience life in the UK.

Whereas the previous working holiday Visa was limited to young Commonwealth citizens, the youth mobility scheme has limited the scope of these citizens and has included other citizens not from a Commonwealth country, but from where the UK considers there is scope for young talent for the future for the benefit of the UK economy. Only the following countries, therefore, are thus included in the scheme, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, South Korea and Taiwan. Reference is made to paragraph 245ZK of the immigration rules.

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa requires the applicant to score 50 points to succeed.  There will be 10 points for maintenance. The applicant must show they are persons with savings of at least £1890 which must have been held by them for at least 90 consecutive days finishing on the date of the closing balance ending no more than 31 days before the date of the application. So, in other words, the evidence of funds must be recent. The sums required must be at the exchange rate at the date of the application when this was submitted.  The score of 50 points in total must be across three categories namely 30 points for meeting the nationality requirement; 10 points for age requirement and 10 points for maintenance requirement.

Evidence of funds can be established for by way of bank statements building society accounts and documents of that nature. Mini statements from cashpoints are not acceptable.

Entry clearance requirement for the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa is necessary This is because it is a points-based system. Those coming to this country on this basis can do any work that complies with the UK and European Union laws, however, they cannot work as a professional sportsperson, including a sports coach, a doctor or a dentist in training and cannot use public funds. There must also register with the police if required to do so by paragraph 326 of the immigration rules.

Self-employment is only permitted on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme if the applicant is not the owner of premises where they do business other than their home, although they may rent premises for the purpose of self-employment. Furthermore, the total value of the equipment they use in their business should not be more than £5000 and they should have no other employees. The idea is not to make a self-employment issue as uncomplicated as possible, having regard to the nature of the temporary visa.

The applicant should not have spent time previously in the UK under either the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa or its predecessor the working holidaymaker scheme.  They must be 18 years or over at the time their entry clearance visa is effective and under the age of 31 on the date they make their application.

Should anyone reading this about the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme Visa wish comprehensive advice and assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Gulbenkian Andonian solicitors. We are the oldest established law firm in Central London practising mainly in Immigration, Asylum, Human Rights and Nationality law since 1985. You can either have a consultation with our Dr Bernard Andonian or by another member of our  immigration team by contacting us at (020) 7269 9590 and speaking to our reception to arrange a meeting.