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Still finding its way through student migration after Brexit, the UK government has come up with yet another plan to attract young talent. While the scheme is presently only for British territories and commonwealth countries, it is an excellent way to live and work in the UK. If you do not qualify, ESE London invites you to apply for one if its Short Courses which will get you to the capital for up to six months of study and travel, regardless.
You can apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa if you:
- want to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years
- are aged 18 to 30
- have £2,530 in savings
- have certain types of British Nationality or are from certain countries or territories
- meet the other eligibility requirements
This visa has replaced the Youth Mobility Scheme visa (T5).
How long it takes
The earliest you can apply for a visa is 6 months before you travel.
Example: You can apply from 16 January if you plan to travel on 15 July.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.
Getting a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
It’s currently taking longer to get a decision on Youth Mobility Scheme visas when you apply from outside the UK. Find out visa decision waiting times.
How much it costs
You will need to:
- pay the application fee
- pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £470 per year – you can check how much you’ll have to pay
- prove you have enough personal savings – check how much in the eligibility requirements
The application fee is £259.
How long you can stay
You’ll be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.
You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.
Please note: If you turn 31 after your visa is issued, you can stay in the UK for as long as your visa is valid.