1. Overview

You can apply for a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa if you:

You need to be sponsored if you’re from Hong Kong, the Republic of Korea or Taiwan.

Fees

It costs £208 to apply.

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.

If you turn 31 while you’re in the UK, you can stay for as long as your visa is valid.

What you can and can’t do

You can:

  • study
  • work in most jobs
  • be self-employed and set up a company - as long as your premises are rented, your equipment isn’t worth more than £5,000 and you don’t have any employees

You can’t:

  • work as a professional sportsperson (eg as a coach), doctor or dentist in training - unless you can show you qualified in the UK
  • switch into another visa category
  • extend your stay
  • get public funds
  • bring in family members on your application - they must apply separately

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