Youth Mobility (formerly known as TIER 5 Youth Mobility)
Youth Mobility visa enables young overseas nationals to experience life and culture in the UK and also permits workers to undertake short term or temporary employment in the UK.
Temporary Workers of the points-based system consists of two main categories: the Youth Mobility Scheme and the Temporary Worker which consists of six sub-categories, set out below:
A. About the scheme
Applicants will only be able to apply for the Youth Mobility scheme once in a lifetime. Those who have previously spent time in the UK as a working holidaymaker will not be eligible for this scheme.
It should be noted that each country listed in Youth Mobility will have an annual allocation of places under this scheme. If a country exceeds its allocation ‘quota’, no further applications will be accepted from their nationals.
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Applicants intending to apply under this scheme will need to satisfy the following criteria:
It is important to note that individuals will not be eligible for the YMS if they have children under 18 years of age who are living with them or for whom they provide financial support.
Applicants will need to score a total of 50 points for the above criteria which is detailed in the next section.
C. Points Assessment
Applicants will need to satisfy a points test and maintenance requirement under this scheme. A total score of 50 points is required in order for applicants to successfully submit an application for the Youth Mobility scheme.
Points are awarded under the following headings:
(i.) National of a country participating in the Youth Mobility Scheme – 30 points
Each of the countries that participates in the Youth Mobility Scheme has an annual quota of Youth Mobility visas that can be granted to its citizens, for example:
(ii) Age – 10 points
(iii) Maintenance (Funds) – 10 points
D. Visa Validity and Extension
Applicants successful under the YMS will be granted Entry Clearance valid for 2 years
YMS migrants are therefore able to stay in the UK for the full period of the 2 years.
Please note that applicants on the YMS are not entitled to extend their stay on this visa OR switch into any other immigration category whilst in the UK.
E. Applying for Entry Clearance
Applicants are able to apply for Entry Clearance under the YMS from the following places:
Please note that applicants for the YMS can only apply from outside of the UK. Applications from within the UK will not be accepted.
F. What work is allowed under the YMS?
YMS migrants have the freedom to access the job market during their stay in the UK, except employment as a professional sportsperson or a doctor in training. Migrants are also permitted some self-employed activities however these are subject to conditions.
It is advised to seek advice on what types of employment/self –employment are permitted as any work or business activity which does not fall in line with the terms of the YMS will breach conditions of leave under this scheme. Further guidance is available at present on the Home Office website.
YMS migrants are also entitled to study in the UK if this is privately funded and/or engage in voluntary work and au pair placements in the UK.
Administrative Review (Entry clearance applications only)
If the entry clearance application is refused by the ECO in the British Diplomatic post, the applicant will be given a right to make a request for a review of the decision that must be exercised within 28 days of the date of service of the decision. The applicant will only be able to rely on the information/documents already submitted with the application and will not be allowed to provide or submit any fresh evidence with the review request.
It is therefore strongly advised to take professional help while making grounds for making review request.
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