The Youth Mobility Scheme allows young people from participating countries to live and work in the UK for up to two years.
The Youth Mobility Scheme operates on the principle of balances; nationals from participating countries will be allowed to come and experience the UK for two years, provided young UK nationals may enjoy similar opportunities in participating countries.
How to qualify
To qualify you have to be a national of one of the countries currently participating in the scheme; Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan. You can also qualify for the scheme as a British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen or as a British national overseas.
Citizens from Hong Kong, Republic of Korea and Taiwan have to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship Reference number before being able to apply.
You will not be able to apply if you have children living with you, have children you are financially responsible for or if you have already been in the UK under the scheme or in the former “Working Holiday Visa’ category.
You have to be between 18 and 30 years of age at the date that your entry clearance becomes valid and have the required available maintenance funds when you apply.
Applicants have to pay the UK Immigration Health Surcharge as part of their application.
Length of stay and right to work
Successful applicants will be allowed to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months and are free to do whatever work they like except for setting up a business, participate in professional sport or work as a doctor in training.
As it is a temporary visa, it does not lead to permanent residence in the UK, but it provides a valuable opportunity for young people to experience life in the UK.