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Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5)

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5), is for young adults from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom.

Requirements for a Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5)

In order to qualify for a Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5), you will need to satisfy UK Visas & Immigration that:

  • You are aged between 18 and 30;

  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Taiwan or are a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas);

  • You have at least £2,530 in savings;

  • You do not have any children under 18 who live with you or for whom you are financially responsible;

  • You have not previously been in the UK under the Youth Mobility Scheme category.

If you are a citizen of the Republic of Korea, you will need to be sponsored by an employer in the UK and obtain a certificate of sponsorship reference number before you apply. Citizens of other listed countries are sponsored by their government or authority.

Listed Countries:





New Zealand

Hong Kong

Republic of Korea

San Marino


Sponsorship requirement

Where the applicant is a citizen, or the rightful holder of a passport issued by:

  • San Marino:

            the applicant must provide a Certificate of Sponsorship issued by, and must

            apply from, San Marino.

  • Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or

  • Republic of Korea:

            the applicant’s passport must be provided as evidence of sponsorship and

            the application may be made at any post worldwide which accepts such


The Certificate of Sponsorship must not have been cancelled by the country or

territory since it was issued.

You can also apply if you’re 18 to 30 and a:

British overseas citizen;

British overseas territories citizen;

British national (overseas).

You cannot apply if you have:

  • Children who live with you;

  • Children you’re financially responsible for;

  • Already been in the UK under the scheme.

If your application for a Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5), is successful you will be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months (if you turn 31 while you are in the UK, you can stay for as long as your visa is valid).

You will be free to do any type of work (except as a professional sportsperson or doctor or dentist in training) and engage in privately funded studies during your stay in the United Kingdom.

You will also be able to be self-employed and set up a company, provided that your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees.

There is a limit on the number of places available under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme route. This limit is split between the countries.

The Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (T5), holders may be able to switch into the Skilled Worker route without leaving the UK.

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