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Youth Mobility Visa

The UK offers several Youth Mobility Visa visas for overseas workers. These visa routes aim to bring employees on a short-term or long-term basis to their UK branches. The aim of these visa routes is to simplify the process of hiring talent from outside the UK.
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Who Can Apply For a Youth Mobility Visa UK?

The Youth Mobility Visa allows young people from the countries participating in the Youth Mobility Scheme to come to the UK for a period of up to two years. You must meet additional requirements to be eligible for this visa.

You can perform various activities in the UK once you are granted this visa. These include permission to work in the UK, enroll in a course for study, and be self-employed if you meet certain requirements. You can also travel abroad and return to the UK without any restrictions as long as your visa is valid.

This visa also has certain limitations in that you can’t apply to have dependents join you in the UK. You are also barred from applying for an extension to this visa. If you want to work as a self-employed person, any equipment you have can’t be worth more than £5,000, your premises must be rented, and you can’t hire any employees.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s law firm, our Youth Mobility Scheme lawyers can help you identify the precise set of requirements you must meet for this visa. You can also consult a Youth Mobility Scheme solicitor at our law firm for detailed help with your visa application.

Country-Specific Visa Requirements

If you are applying for a Youth Mobility Visa from India, Iceland, San Marino, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, or Japan, you are required to meet additional country-specific requirements.

If you are applying from Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, or Hong Kong, you can apply under the scheme only if you have received a formal invitation to apply. Once you receive the invitation, you must submit your application within the period noted on the invitation.

If you are filing for a visa from Iceland, you are required to provide a Criminal Certificate of Private Use. This certificate must be no more than 6 months old at the time you submit your visa application.

Applicants from San Marino are required to provide a letter from the Directorate of Political and Diplomatic Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs in San Marino. This letter must confirm that you are a suitable applicant for the scheme. This letter must be no more than 6 months at the time of your application.

If you are applying from India, you must meet these additional requirements:

  • You must have received a formal invitation to apply under the scheme. You are required to file for the visa within the duration noted on the invitation. You have to provide the unique application number contained on the invitation during the visa application process.
  • You must provide a local police certificate. This certificate can be no more than 6 months old at the time of your visa application.
  • You must have a qualification that is at RQF Level 6 or above.
  • If you don’t meet the RQF Level 6 qualification requirement, you must have at least 3 years of relevant work experience. This experience must have been gained in a professional role which should be similar to an eligible occupation list as per the Home Office rules.

If you are not sure about your country-specific requirements, you can consult an experienced immigration lawyer at our law firm. A Youth Mobility Scheme solicitor at our law firm will provide you with detailed guidance on what these requirements are, and how best to fulfil them.

General Eligibility Requirements

You must meet several requirements to be eligible for the Youth Mobility Visa. Here is a look at these:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. At the same time, you must not be over 30 at the time you submit your visa application.
  • Eligibility by Country. A limited number of countries participate in the Youth Mobility Scheme. These include India, Australia, Monaco, Japan, Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand, Iceland, South Korea, Hong Kong, and San Marino. You must be a national of one of these countries to be eligible for the visa.
  • Eligibility by British Nationality. You are also allowed to apply under the Youth Mobility Scheme if you are a British national living overseas, a British overseas citizen, or a British overseas territories citizen.
  • Financial Requirements. You must have a required minimum amount of cash funds to show that you can support yourself once you arrive in the UK. These include showing the availability of at least £2,530 in cash funds. You must have this amount for at least 28 days in the 31 days immediately before your visa application.

You may also need to meet other country-specific requirements for the visa, depending on your country of nationality. An experienced immigration lawyer at Adam Bernard’s can help you understand and meet these requirements.

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Visa Fees and Duration

You can file a visa application up to 6 months before your intended date of travel. It is generally recommended that you begin the application process as early as possible.

The Home Office will typically take 3 weeks to process the application and announce an outcome. It may take longer if your application is incomplete or if you haven’t attached all the required documents.

You will need to pay a standard fee of £259 at the same time you submit your visa application. You must also pay an annual healthcare surcharge which is £470 per year. If your visa duration is 2 years, the surcharge totals £940.

The maximum duration of the Youth Mobility Visa is 2 years. You are not allowed to apply for an extension.

If you are not sure about the total amount of money you must pay with your visa application, a Youth Mobility Scheme solicitor at our law firm can guide you. With the help of an experienced immigration lawyer at Adam Bernard’s, you can be sure of your financial obligations before you file for the visa.

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How to Enter the Youth Mobility Scheme Ballot?

You must first apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme Ballot if you want to apply for a visa from Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, or Taiwan.

This ballot is conducted twice each year, once in January and a second time in July. Specific dates are scheduled for the balloting and on these days, the ballot is open for 48 hours.

If you want to apply for a Youth Mobility Visa from the aforementioned countries, you must first enter the ballot on the scheduled dates. You can enter by simply sending an email including your name, passport details, and date of birth. The email must be in English.

If you are successfully selected on the ballot, you will receive a confirmation email. After receiving this email, you have 30 days to pay visa fees and file your application.

After you have submitted your visa application, you are given another 90 days to provide your biometric details. You will need to book an appointment with your nearest UK visa application centre to provide these details.

If you are not selected on the ballot, you can apply for the next ballot as long as you meet the eligibility requirements.

The balloting process may seem complicated which is why it is recommended that you consult an experienced immigration lawyer for guidance. You can get in touch with our Youth Mobility Scheme lawyers to receive guidance on exactly how the process works.

You must submit an online application for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa. You will need to provide the following supporting documents as a part of your application:

  • A valid passport with at least one blank page to receive the visa
  • A proof of available financial means, such as a bank statement
  • A TB test result certificate if you are applying from India, Hong Kong, or South Korea
  • Biometric details which you can submit through the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app or by scheduling an appointment with your nearest visa application centre

You may need to provide other supporting documents, depending on your application. Our Youth Mobility Scheme lawyers can advise you about the precise documents you must provide. With the help of an experienced immigration lawyer at Adam Bernard’s, you can ensure that your application is complete.

Get in touch with our expert Youth Mobility Visa Solicitors today.

Why Choose Adam Bernard’s?

As noted above, applicants must meet a wide range of requirements to be considered for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa. And these requirements can vary from one country to another.

Here at the London-based Adam Bernard’s Solicitors, an experienced immigration lawyer can help you understand the precise requirements that apply to your case.

Our Youth Mobility Scheme lawyers also guide you on how to meet these requirements so that you fully meet the eligibility requirements for the visa.

With the help of a Youth Mobility Scheme solicitor, you can make sure that your application contains no errors or omissions at the time of submission. This helps you avoid unnecessary delays and speed up the visa application process.

Call us today at 0207 100 2525 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced immigration lawyer and discuss your case in detail.

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