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15 December 2011

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme allows young people from certain nationalities to have access to  the UK labour market and gain work experience for a  limited period of time, namely two years in the UK.  The countries that already participate in the scheme are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Monaco.

The applicable Immigration Rules stipulate as key requirements that the applicant will need to be of a certain nationality and age as well as have access to cash funds.  In particular, the applicant will need to be  under 31 years of age and show a bank balance above £1,600. Evidence must be dated no more than one month before submission of a visa application.

From 1 January 2012, Taiwan will join the list of countries and territories that participate in the UK's youth mobility scheme, under Tier 5 of the points-based system.
For 2012, Taiwan, Japan and Monaco will each receive an allocation of 1,000 places. This is in line with the number of places offered to UK nationals on their reciprocal schemes.

Australia, Canada and New Zealand's allocations will match the number of UK nationals who were issued visas on their reciprocal schemes in the previous year:

•    Australia - 32,500 places
•    Canada - 5,000 places
•    New Zealand - 10,000 places

It is important to note that places are allocated on a first come first serve basis and as such, we would advise you to lodge an application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Migra & Co is a private immigration company, regulated by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC), reference number F200900038. This website is not a government website and as such, we are not linked or affiliated with the UK Visas and Immigration. We offer expert legal advice and flexible tailored solutions to both private and corporate clients to ensure that their immigration needs are met. If you wish to download or prepare a UK visa application form, you can do so free of charge by visiting the Official UKVI website.