The UK working holiday visa has always been a pathway for many young Australia, and the UK is a very popular destination. With 35,000 of these visas available every year for many young adults migrating into the UK with a 2 year visa in hand.
There’s some facts to think about before travelling half way around the world, so before booking a flight and saying your farewell, take a look at these facts about the UK Working Holiday visa (or Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme as it is often called) for the UK.
UK Working Holiday Visa Facts
1. The Tier 5 working holiday visa is commonly popular with Australian youths seeking to explore the UK and Europe. About 11,265 Tier 5 visas were granted to Australians in 2016; that’s 50 per cents of all the Tier 5 visas granted that year!
2. You may not be allowed to settle in the UK after your Tier 5 visa expires, but again, you do have the option of applying for a different visa and extending your stay when your working holiday is over.
3. Only 376 Tier 5 visas were issued in 2008, but the number of Tier 5 visas issued in 2016 stood at about 22,342. That’s a 5,842% increase! It seems more and more young people are understanding the benefits of working and traveling abroad.
4. This visa is targeted at young adults who do not have the financial responsibilities of being a parent. Thus, If you have dependant children, you will be denied the Tier 5 visa.
5. In 2016, only one Tier 5 visa was issued to someone in Monaco. Who could blame them really? Who’d ever want to leave the principality?
6. While on Tier 5 visa, you may be denied access UK public funds. The UK Government want to ensure visa holders do not become a burden to the system. However, you do have access to world-class healthcare services when you pay the immigration health fee with your visa application.
7. Once you are over the age of 30 you cannot apply for the Tier 5 visa.
8. You must now have at least £1,890 in your bank account for at least 90 days before applying for your visa application. Hitherto, you just needed to show that you have the money in your bank account when you applied.
9. The Tier 5 visa used to be officially referred to as the Working Holiday visa. In November 2008, the name was changed to the Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa, but it is still often called the working holiday visa.
10. Only those from Australia, Japan, Monaco, Canada, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan are eligible for the Tier 5 visa.