Working Holiday Visa UK

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If you are thinking about applying for a working holiday visa in the UK, then you have found the right place. This visa is the easiest way for young people to live and work in the UK temporarily. The visa is formally knows as the Youth Mobility Visa and is available to citizens of participating countries who are aged between 18-30. This visa is a good way to settle in the UK before applying for longer term visas, this will give you time to apply for companies who may sponsor you.

How we can help

The first thing to know is we are your feet on the ground in the UK, imagine coming off the plane and having a job, accommodation, bank account, mobile phone and everything in-between ready for you. We have a network of partners to help you settle in as soon as you arrive, and we are free!

Why the UK

The UK is one of the best countries in the world to develop your career, with high salaries, development opportunities and famous corporations that have established themselves a base here. The Youth Mobility visa is ideal as it lets you work for these companies in order to prove yourself for a longer term visa, in which they can sponsor you. Education may be another factor when deciding to move to the UK, British universities are acknowledged globally for their creative and challenging environments, that encourage students to be their best. Finally Tourism, before COVID19 the UK was consistently ranked amongst the top 10 most visited countries in the world. Whether it is visiting the busy and lively city of London, or the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the UK has it all.

What is the Youth Mobility Visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme is a great opportunity to work and travel in the UK, it allows young people from around the world to live and explore the country for up to two years. It provides temporary work permits to over 10 countries for people aged 18-30 and does not require any sponsorship from employers or family members. This visa is only granted once in a lifetime and is relatively straight forward compared to other visas to apply for.

Eligibility and Cost

To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa UK you must meet some certain requirements such as being a first time applicant.

You will have to be a citizen of one of the below participating countries.

  • Australia – 30,000 places
  • Canada – 13,000 places
  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places
  • Japan – 1,500 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • New Zealand – 13,000 places
  • Republic of Korea – 1,000 places
  • San Marino – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places
  • * British Overseas Territories Citizen

You must have sufficient funds when applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa, the total minimum costs will vary depending on your circumstances. The application fee for the visa is £244 as of April 2022, you will need to prove that that you have at least £2,530 in your bank account to support yourself, a bank statement will suffice. The bulk of your cost will be paying for healthcare which is £624 per year, if you are applying for a 2-year visa you will have to pay £624 each year, therefore you will have to pay a total of £1248 upfront.

You must be aged between 18-30 at the time of applying and enter before you are 31, the visa starts when you land in the UK.

Applying for the visa

Visit our Health and Care Worker page for more information. We will help you every step of the way from helping you with your application, to finding a job and a place to live.

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