The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme was introduced as a replacement for the UK Working Holiday Visa programme. The new scheme allow young people to travel to the UK for the purpose living and working in the UK for up to 2 years.
The Scheme remains closed to all other countries apart from nations with reciprocal agreement with the UK. Importantly, the number of migrants currently on this scheme is significantly lower than the number of migrants on the previous UK working holiday programme.
The UK have set up reciprocal schemes with regards to the UK Youth Mobility Scheme with the following countries.
The Youth Mobility Scheme is a PBS application; as such Applicants must score 50 points to qualify under this scheme.
Please see the distribution of Points under this scheme below:-
Nationality:- The applicant will score thirty points if he or she is a British citizen and/or a citizens of one of the countries listed above as having a reciprocal agreement with the UK on the Youth Mobility Scheme.
Age:- The age attribute refers to the individual been between the ages 18 to 31 as at the date the visa becomes valid.
Maintenance:- Maintenance funds refers to the applicant been able to take care of him/herself while in the UK without recourse to public funds. The applicant will need to have at least £1,800 in their personal account for a defined period of time as at the date of the application.
Successful applicants will be able to stay in the UK for a period 2 years and will not face any working restrictions during that period. They are allowed undertake any kind of work apart from setting up their own business, work in professional sports, or work as a trainee doctor.
Importantly, applicants need not have UK sponsors to be eligible to apply under this scheme.