Having left the UK to go traveling you might think why I’m actually writing this but there is so much to do and see in the UK that it’s well worth living and working there for a while.
We’ve written already about the top things to see in London, and free things to do in London. We’ve also had a look at a few UNESCO world heritage sites and some ways to get off the tourist trail there. There’s definitely tons more to write about the UK, and with so much to do and see there why not stay on for a year or two and do a bit of work to fund your adventures in the UK? It used to be known as the working holidaymaker visa but changed in 2008 to the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa. Let’s take a look in more detail at what you need to do to get your work on in the UK.
What is a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa?
A UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa allows foreigners aged between 18 and 30 to work and travel through the UK. The UK Working Holiday Visa is a two year visa in which travellers can work over any 12 of its 24 months. You can also come and go as you please which makes it a very good way to pay your way gallivanting around Europe too.
What do I need?
You’ll definitely need a valid passport for the period you’ll be in the UK. You need to be from one of the following countries to be eligible to apply:
– New Zealand
You must also be aged between 18-30 years.
You may also be asked for proof of funds before you enter the UK – this doesn’t always happen but you’re expected to have at least £1800 GBP in your bank account.
How do I apply?
After you’ve made sure you fit the eligibility criteria – you’re ready to apply..Not only will you need to file your application but you need to declare your health status, and any criminal convictions you have (if you have any).
Application approvals are based on a ‘points’ system which basically give you points for filling out the eligibility criteria (nationality, age, proof of funds). There’s an online test on the UK Border Agency websites here (http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/pointscalculator )
You can easily apply online from the following link here and you’ll be good to go.
How much does is cost?
The fee for applicants of the Youth Mobility Visa is £194 but always make sure you double check the website as prices can always change.
Ok, there you have it a quick rundown of getting a UK working holiday visa. Any other questions you have about the UK you can find right here(http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/). Either that or drop us a note in the comments section and we’ll do our best to help you out 🙂
Enjoy working and living in the UK peeps.