Youth Mobility Visas UK


This scheme will provide an exciting opportunity for young people to live and work in the UK for a maximum of two years.   Arrangements have been put in place by the UK Government and the following countries:





New Zealand

Hong Kong

Republic of Korea


How to Apply for the UK’s Youth Mobility Visa:

You will be eligible to apply for the YMS Visa if you are aged between 18 and 30 years and a rightful citizen of any of the countries listed above. In addition you will have to satisfy the Maintenance Fund requirement whereby a minimum of £1,890 in savings should be held continuously for 3 months before you make an application.

Applications will also be possible for individuals who are a British Overseas Citizen, British Overseas Territories Citizen or British National (Overseas).

Advantages of YMS Visa:

According to the UK Government, the Youth Mobility Scheme will bring an abundance of opportunities and encourage cultural exchange between participating countries.  

Opportunities whilst under the scheme include experiencing what life is like in the UK, acquiring valuable work experience for up to two years and being able to study in the UK. 

Similarly to the benefits reaped from  young overseas citizens, this is a reciprocal scheme which offers young British citizens the opportunity to benefit too.  

The UK Government anticipate adding more countries to the scheme in the future, therefore we advise that you frequently visit this page to stay updated on the latest positions.   


Restrictions & Other Conditions:

There are limitations in place that will prevent certain individuals joining this scheme. These include current employment as a a professional sportsperson, a doctor or a dentist in training. You also are not permitted to bring family members to the UK as dependants under this scheme.

Further restrictions relating to visas, including an annual cap should also be taken into consideration when applying for this scheme.  We therefore suggest that you contact us if you require any other information or assistance with you Youth Mobility Visa application. 


How Manak Solicitors can help you?

We are here to assist you if you are planning to apply or switch to any of the following visa categories:  

  • Global Talent
  • Highly Skilled Workers Visa
  • Skilled Workers Visa
  • ILR (Indefinite Leave To Remain) 
  • Naturalisation / British Citizenship

We will check your eligibility by assessing your documents, and will then determine when you would be able to apply for your chosen visa.

For UK employers planning to sponsor migrant workers under either the Skilled Worker or Youth Mobility Schemes, we will be happy to assist you with the required registration process with the Home Office.  Once registered as a Sponsor, you will then be eligible to sponsor future suitable migrants.

Please contact us to arrange an appointment and we can discuss your application requirements and UK Visa eligibility. 

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