Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (Tier 5) (Part 2 of 2)

A number of my readers expressed their interest in Youth Mobility (Tier 5) Visa. I, therefore, created an article, explaining the essence of this application. Due to its length, I’ve divided it into two parts. This is part 2 of this article. You can read part 1 HERE.


Other Requirements

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

Certificate of Sponsorship

If you are from a country without ‘Deemed Sponsorship Status’, you’ll need to provide a valid Certificate of Sponsorship issued by that country or territory. A Certificate of Sponsorship will only be valid if:

(i) the country or territory issued it to you no more than 3 months before you made your application, and

(ii) it has not have been cancelled by the country or territory since it was issued.


No Children

Your application will be refused if you have children under the age of 18 who are either living with you or for whom you are financially responsible.


No Previous Applications

If you already applied in this category and succeeded, you cannot apply again.


Other Things to Consider

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

All countries have a limited number of applications they can send to the UK each year. Here is how the Home Office allocates places between the countries:

Australia – 31,000 places

New Zealand – 14,000 places

Canada – 6,000 places

Japan – 1,000 places

Monaco – 1,000 places

Taiwan – 1,000 places

Hong Kong – 1,000 places

South Korea, 1,000 places


If you are a citizen of Taiwan or Japan, then the Home Office will operate the arrangements, known as an invitation to apply arrangements, concerning the allocation of places available. I’ve explained them in a  paragraph below.


Invitation to Apply Arrangements

These arrangements apply only to citizens of Taiwan and Japan.

(i) a prospective applicant will need to submit an expression of interest in applying for this type of visa.

(ii) you can only submit one expression of interest per person,

(iii) the Home Office will:

(1) select at random from the pool of those who have submitted an expression of interest, and

(2) keep a record of those individuals who received an invitation, and

(iv) the Home Office may:

(1) place a time limit on the period during which you may submit an expression of interest,

(2) determine the number of invitations to apply that may be issued in any calendar month, except that where the number of expressions of interest received in a calendar year exceeds the allocations specified above, the total number of invitations to apply in a calendar year shall not be less than the annual allocations specified above,

(3) place a time limit on the validity of an invitation to apply.


Annual Quota Arrangements

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

In their guidance, the Home Office explained that to ensure the continuity of the scheme, if available places cannot be agreed for annual renewal, either 1,000 or 50% of the previous year’s places, or whichever is the greater, will automatically carry over into the next year.



It costs £244 to apply for this type of visa. If the Home Office allows your application, you’ll get a visa for 2 years.

You cannot:

  • work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach), doctor or dentist in training – unless you can show you qualified in the UK
  • extend your stay
  • get public funds
  • bring in family members on your application – they must apply separately


You can:

  • Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
    Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

    study – for some courses, you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate

  • work in most jobs
  • be self-employed and set up a company – as long as you rent your premises, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees

Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (Tier 5) (Part 2 of 2)

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Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (Tier 5) (Part 2 of 2)