Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa

The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the UK will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives. You will need to have an offer of a position before applying for a visa. The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa category is for young adults aged between 18 and 30 from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years.

What is the Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa? 

The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa category is for certain types of temporary worker whose entry to the UK will help to satisfy cultural, charitable, religious or international objectives. You will need to have an offer of a position before applying for a visa. The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa category is for young adults aged between 18 and 30 from participating countries and territories who wish to experience life in the United Kingdom for a period of up to two years.

Requirements for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa application

In order to qualify for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on certain criteria relating to the following sub-categories of Tier 5 Temporary Work Visa:

  • Creative and Sporting: The Creative and Sporting subcategory of the Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa route is for individuals who have been offered work as a creative worker (including, but not limited to, actors, dancers, musicians and film crew) or sportspersons. If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker visa under the creative worker category, you will need to demonstrate that you can make a unique contribution to the UK labour market and that you will be paid the minimum salary as set by Equity, PACT or BECTU. If you apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa as a sportsperson, you will need to be endorsed by the governing body for your sport and demonstrate that you will make a significant contribution to your sport at the highest level in the UK.
  • Charity Worker: You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa in the Charity Worker category if you wish to undertake unpaid voluntary work for a charity. The work that you intend to undertake in the UK must directly relate to the charity which is sponsoring you and the position must not be a permanent position.
  • Religious Worker: If you would like to undertake religious work, for example preaching or working in a religious order, you may be able to apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa in the Religious Worker category. Your salary and conditions will need to be at least equal to that received by settled workers in the same role. Your employer may need to conduct a Resident Labour Market Test, which in some circumstances will entail providing evidence of a national recruitment search.
  • Government Authorised Exchange: The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) category route is for individuals who wish to come to the UK for a short time for work experience or to complete training, an Overseas Government Language Programme, research or a fellowship through an approved Government Authorised Exchange scheme.
  • International Agreement: You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa in the International Agreement category if, while in the UK, you will be contracted to undertake work that is covered by international law (e.g. working for a foreign government or as a private servant in a diplomatic household). You will normally need to have professional experience in the relevant sector before you apply under this route.
  • Seasonal Worker: You can apply for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa in the Seasonal Worker category route if you are coming to the UK as a seasonal worker in the edible horticulture sector through an approved scheme provider. Under this Seasonal Worker category route, you can come to the UK to work for a maximum period of 6 months within any 12-month period.
All applicants must be sponsored by licenced sponsor and issued with a Certificate of Sponsorship. The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to our expert immigration lawyers for legal advice.

Requirements for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa application

In order to qualify for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) that:
  • You are aged between 18 and 30 on the date of the application;
  • You are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, Monaco, Taiwan, the Republic of Korea, or San Marino or are a British overseas citizen, a British overseas territories citizen or a British national (overseas);
  • You have funds of £2,530 which you have held for a 28 day period within the 31 days before your application;
  • You do not have any children under 18 who are living with you or are financially dependent on you;
  • You have not previously been in the UK on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa route;
  • You have paid the visa application fee and Immigration Health Charge and provided any required biometric information;
  • You have taken a tuberculosis test, if required; and
  • You do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy will vary depending on your circumstances. You may want to speak to our expert immigration lawyers for legal advice.

Can I study and work in the UK on the Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa?

Yes, Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa holders can work and study in the UK.

Making a Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa application with OneLaw Chambers

At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa applications in order for applicants to remain and settle in the UK. We have assisted many foreign national applicants to prepare and submit successful Immigration and Visa applications and we have represented clients from all over the world.

Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa or professional immigration representation with preparing your Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.

We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.

To discuss your Tier 5 Temporary Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa application with one our immigration solicitors and barristers, please contact our Immigration lawyers on 0207 489 2044 / 0208 616 1819 or complete our enquiry form with your details.


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