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Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

Just sixty one days stand between me and what I hope will be the greatest thing I have done in my life to this date providing you exclude that moment in the backseat….

This looming date has made me aware I’ve been somewhat slow in ensuring I have the proper travel documentation I require for said great moment in life. So spurred on by the excitement of making my Facebook Fan Page (yeah total plug) I begun the application process of obtaining my Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa for the UK.

Its a mouthful alright but what it offers is a home for 2 years in the land of the Queen. For the uneducated here is a quick break down on just what this visa is:

Requirements

  • Available to anyone from Australia, Canada, Japan & New Zealand
  • You must be over 18 and under 31 years of age
  • Have £1,600 (£1,800 required after 12 June 2012) in available funds at the time of applying
  • Can only apply from your country of residence
  • You can only use this visa once

What You Get

  • Ability to stay in the UK for 2 years
  • Allowed to work for the entire 2 years
  • Allowed to come and go from the UK as you like within the 2 year period

Now its no wonder London is full of twenty-something Aussie’s all looking to explore and have a good time.

if your an Australian the visa application can be completed online here but be sure to at least read this page first to get an idea of what you are doing. The online form appears to be the easiest thing I have filled out yet, providing you know where your parents were born and when (hey I can’t seriously be expected to know that… can I??).

Eventually you come to a point where money needs to be handed over. Plug in your credit card details and they will happily take $231 AUD $304 AUD from it, while at the same time notifying you that if the form is screwed up your not getting that money back… thanks guys doesn’t the Queen have enough money already.

Next up is when they start to screw with you, which is obviously a test to see if you can hack it living in the UK. I pick my appointment date and time to have my biometric data taken (big brother is watching me now). Then get told to send my paperwork in via post but also to bring it with me to the appointment or I can’t be processed??? I mean seriously which one is it, needless to say first thing tomorrow I’ll be making a phone call for the correct procedure.

Once you’ve printed off the application your left with the task of ensuring you have the following bits of supported documentation to go with it come appointment day.

The list of paperwork to take with you come that day is:

  • Printed visa application form
  • Appointment booking confirmation form
  • Valid passport
  • One passport sized color photo (per these requirements)
  • Completed self-assessment form and accompanying documents (Appendix 7) EDIT: Not required for biometric appointment

The Appendix 7 form is fairly self explanatory. Its just double checking you meet the requirements and that you can prove your sufficiently funded to enter the UK. My advice be sure to chase up current bank statements or a letter from your bank before applying and setting an appointment date. I say this as I didn’t and now have to scramble for it as my appointment is a week away eek.

Next step is my appointment in Melbourne on the 1st of March so come back soon as I’ll be sure to give a full report on what goes down. Hopefully they just want my fingerprints because I sure ain’t bending over.

Read up on what happens at the biometric appointment and what you need to do after the appointment on my second post UK Youth Mobility Visa – The Reckoning.

UPDATE: Please click here to see the updated article on applying for a Working Holiday Visa/Youth Mobility Visa. It details the entire process and includes a detailed frequently asked questions section.

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264 Responses to Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

  1. STEPHANIE February 23, 2010 at 2:55 AM #

    Ugh I’m so jealous. As an American I was only able to get a 6 month, non-renewable work visa for the UK.

    But oh the joys of English bureacracy!! there is nothing like it on earth. Enjoy…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2010 at 7:13 PM #

      Hey Steph. I am so glad I can get a 2 year visa because 6 months is such a tease.

      Mind you to get a work visa for America I need to be sponsored its so hard to get any sort of visa for there.

    • ROY MARVELOUS November 24, 2011 at 8:20 AM #

      It’s because there is no reciprocal agreement on the US side.

    • JESSICA January 20, 2013 at 8:08 PM #

      Hey Stephanie,

      I know this is the latest response ever, but I am an American looking to make my way over to the UK. I’ve heard work visas are hard to come by…how did you obtain your six month visa?

      Thanks!

  2. CORNELIUS AESOP February 23, 2010 at 3:09 AM #

    I’m with Stephanie….my passport says USA citizen (believe it or not they let monkeys in too – if you don’t believe me look at the US Congress. Those are some serious flingers.

    I’ve considered looking at getting citizenship from another country and if would benefit my travels – that is depending on how that country feels about a monkey claiming them as his homebase.
    .-= Cornelius Aesop´s last blog ..The Great American Rite of Passage =-.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2010 at 7:15 PM #

      I’d love a have a UK passport and even looked into getting one but alas none of my family are close enough to their British ties. Would allow me to get access to all of Europe… oh the dreams.

  3. AYNGELINA February 23, 2010 at 3:20 AM #

    I’m a year too late for this at 32, but I did consider it once for New Zealand, not sure why I didn’t follow through.

    Getting paid in pounds would be pretty sweet, but I would never leave the Audssie sun for London’s cloud.
    .-= Ayngelina´s last blog ..Saving for Long Term Travel =-.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM #

      Oh wow I so thought you were much younger :) I can’t wait to get paid in pounds as my aussie dollar isn’t going to nearly as far.

      Hopefully with 2 years working in the UK I will save a few bucks to continue traveling afterward’s and not return back to Australia.

      Aussie sun is great but after 28 years its kinda getting repetitive and actually less of it. Summer used to last forever now its a month or 2 then back to horrible weather.

      • EM February 1, 2012 at 9:13 AM #

        Ayngelina, did you know if you are an Australian citizen you can work and live in NZ for as long as you like with no visa? The Kiwis can do it in Aus too. That’s why there’s so many here!

  4. JOYA February 23, 2010 at 3:44 PM #

    I feel the same as Steph. I wish they gave Americans at least a year-long visa. I lived with some Australians in London and I would pout every time they mentioned how long they got to stay.
    .-= Joya´s last blog ..Tales of a Day Tripper #1: Brighton, England =-.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2010 at 7:20 PM #

      Hey Joya, I think they would give Americans a year long visa if America returned the favor. I can only get a work visa for America if a company sponsors me first.

      I guess we have some benefits as being part of the commonwealth and still keeping the Queen.

  5. SOFIA - AS WE TRAVEL February 24, 2010 at 7:25 AM #

    Luckily Nathan has a Swiss Passport so we never had to think about the whole visa thing in Europe.
    Shit that stuff really makes things so much more complicated, like faking marriage and stuff (I was actually asked to do that once :S)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 24, 2010 at 9:12 PM #

      Hey Sofia. That’s great about Nathan. I attempted to see if I could get a UK ancestory visa but it wasn’t too be my heritage is too far down the line. Still I’ll be happy to get a 2 year working visa for the UK. Its a lot better then the Americans get.

      haha asked to marry a guy for a visa I could so never do that. Mind you I’m not opposed to finding true love overseas :)

  6. SUZY February 24, 2010 at 11:31 AM #

    You Australians and your long visas! I had a student visa for a year in Italy, but now that I am no longer a student, that visa is harder to obtain.
    .-= Suzy´s last blog ..My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets =-.

  7. SUZY February 24, 2010 at 11:32 AM #

    You Australians and your 2 year visas! I had a student visa in Italy for one year, but now that I am now longer a student, that visa is obviously harder to obtain.
    .-= Suzy´s last blog ..My 3 Best Kept Travel Secrets =-.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 24, 2010 at 9:13 PM #

      haha Suzy guess it pays for us to still have ties to the Commonwealth for some things. Mind you what can America expect if they won’t open up their boarders. It’s almost impossible to get a visa unless you know somebody.

  8. IGOR March 25, 2010 at 12:15 PM #

    Hey do you know where these Biometric centres are? I’m sure there is one in Canberra, but any other locations are quite unspecified….I’m in Adelaide by the way.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 25, 2010 at 12:27 PM #

      Hey mate. Mine was at the Consulate office in Melbourne. Head over to this website http://ukinaustralia.fco.gov.uk/en/ and on the far right you can choose a drop down box for your city.

      They also tell you the address of the biometric center you need to visit when you complete the online application. Give them a call if your unsure, the phone number is on that page when you choose your city too.

  9. JULIAN April 4, 2010 at 4:55 AM #

    My Australian fiancee is applying for the youth mobility visa this week

    I am in the UK and she will be staying with me and looking for work when she gets here

    Our plan is to spend a year here and I will apply for the prospective spouse visa for Australia and we will both return there to get married

    Are there any reasons that this visa could be denied?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 4, 2010 at 12:47 PM #

      Hi Julian, as long as your fiancee meets the requirements and provides all the right documents everything should be fine.

      • JULIAN April 22, 2010 at 5:30 PM #

        she got the visa!!!!

  10. ALLI April 21, 2010 at 10:03 AM #

    Hey, wicked blog. I was wondering whether you needed to post the original documents or take them in with you in the end? I’m getting everything together for my application and was just wondering how it all ended up.

    :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 22, 2010 at 10:57 PM #

      Hey Alli. On the day of your biometric interview you just need your passport, passport size photo (I stuck mine to the form), appointment confirmation letter and the actual application form.

      They give you back the form with a stamp on it and take your finger prints. When it comes time to send the paperwork off. Read up on my second post about getting my UK visa for info.

  11. IGOR April 22, 2010 at 3:34 PM #

    “Then get told to send my paperwork in via post but also to bring it with me to the appointment or I can’t be processed??? ”

    Which did it end up being? Or is it indeed both?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 22, 2010 at 10:59 PM #

      Hey Igor. You take the paperwork in with you to the biometric test. They give it a stamp and take your fingerprints. Takes all of 5 min to do. No need to post it down at all.

      • IGOR April 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM #

        Cheers this blog has been a massive help. Now i just have to book flights to Melbourne for my 5 minute appointment…..

      • MURK August 4, 2013 at 8:49 AM #

        Oh boy, thank god for your blog! im 3 years late! but it has been a great help! was mega confused with weather i send it in and take it aswell….i’ve got my appointment tomorrow in melbourne, i am going to read over the blog again to make sure i have everything i need! I hope things havn’t changed :o fingers crossed!

  12. MEGAN October 1, 2010 at 6:55 PM #

    Hi!

    Thanks so much for your blog, such a life saver!
    Quick question: When you sent off your forms, in terms of ‘supporting evidence’ for appendix 7, is it really just your passport and your bank statement? I feel as if im not sending enough!

    Cheers, Megan

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 1, 2010 at 7:49 PM #

      Hi Megan, Yes that was pretty much it. Check out my follow up post for specific details on what I sent off here http://www.theaussienomad.com/travel-thoughts/uk-youth-mobility-visa/

      • MEGAN October 1, 2010 at 8:19 PM #

        Thanks so much! I have literally used your blog as my bible! Its honestly like they were trying to make it complicated to deter people from going! haha hope you’ve had an awesome time :)

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 1, 2010 at 8:23 PM #

          haha thanks Megan I’m glad it was helpful. I know how you feel and you don’t want to know how many hours I spent researching the damn process.

          When do you arrive in the motherland? I’m living it up in London at the moment.

          • MEGAN October 1, 2010 at 8:31 PM #

            I was so paranoid when I went in to get my fingerprints done about not making conversation! haha thanks for the heads up on that one..

            Well if I havent royally stuffed up this visa, i’ll arrive on the 27th of Dec! Have you totally loved it? I’ve just been reading your blogs and it seems as if you have! So exciting :)

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 1, 2010 at 8:38 PM #

              As long as you didn’t have a problem with getting one of your fingerprints to scan like I did :)

              Ah xmas time, with a bit of luck I’ll have mastered the cold by then. I have had the best time travelling Europe and really looking forward to the next 12-24 months in England.

              By the time you get here I should have blogged about some other important things to know about moving to London. So hopefully you won’t end up like me over here. Still stuck in a hostel after 3 months.

              • MEGAN October 1, 2010 at 8:44 PM #

                Haha no, it seems I have not worked very hard at all!

                Oh yes i’m so looking forward to Xmas there, i’ve never even seen snow so i’m pumped!

                Very much looking forward to these blogs and avoiding hostels for a long period of time! Keep up the awesome work :)

                • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 1, 2010 at 8:46 PM #

                  Right well that make’s 2 of us who have never seen snow before. Going to be a freezing cold amazing time and I can’t wait either.

  13. TINA October 20, 2010 at 3:55 PM #

    Hello,

    I don’t know if this is a stupid question but I can’t find the answer anywhere…

    I wondering when the visa actually begins. Is it when they stamp your passport? Or when you enter the UK?
    I am planning on travelling around for 4 -5 months prior to entering the UK so want to apply for it before leaving but obviously don’t want to waste it.

    Cheers

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 20, 2010 at 5:49 PM #

      Hi Tina, you choose when to start the visa when you go through the application process. I also travelled around Europe for a couple of months before hand so made sure my visa didn’t start until I was heading for London.

      Hope this helps, let me know if you need anymore info.

  14. DEE November 3, 2010 at 12:03 PM #

    Thanks for this, it’s really useful….i’m not to sure about my exact travel date, or where i’m staying in london. i just want to get there and see what happens. On the online visa application, it says you need to know itenaray and have an addrrss in england…i don’t have either. do i go for the ‘approximate’?
    Thanks mate

  15. BETH December 28, 2010 at 1:53 PM #

    Hey, Im an aussie living in Milan, Italy under a student visa but I wish to also apply for the Youth Mobility visa for the UK. Does anyone know if I have to go back to Australia to apply or can I apply in Italy?
    Im also not sure if it cancels my Italian visa? Ahh all of this visa stuff is complicated ..
    The main thing I want to do is still stay in Italy with my boyfriend and still have the possiblity to apply for jobs in the UK.Then eventually move there if I get the job but as an Australian most employers dont let you apply unless you already have a visa for the UK.

    Any help will me much appreciated :)
    Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 30, 2010 at 8:41 PM #

      Hi Beth, I’m fairly sure it shouldn’t cancel out your Italian visa as they are for different countries so that should be fine.

      As for applying for a UK youth mobility visa while abroad I don’t know. My understanding for it was that you had to apply from your country of residence. Quick way to find out would be to call up the UK embassy in Italy and check with them.

      As the youth mobility visa is only valid for a select few countries I would imagine you would have to come home to apply unfortunately.

  16. BOB January 10, 2011 at 2:07 AM #

    Hi can anyone help with this maze of applying for visas. Have friend who is on Student mobility visa Tier 5 expires in a few months ( so been there nearly 2 years)is getting married next month to english lad and wants to stay in uk. Both have full time jobs and accomodation.
    Question …does she have to come home and re apply ….and for what visa? does she have to have money in bankand does husband have to come to Aust with her? How long will it take?..BUT most of all..who do we contact?????? everyone gives us the brush off and says look on website..done that and can’t find answer! PLEASE is there anyone out there that can help????? Thank you …welcome any advice

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM #

      Bob I can’t help you here, your friend really needs to be talking to at least the australian embassy or UK imigration to get an idea on where they stand. As they are in the UK already it shouldn’t be too hard to get onto the right person.

      Sorry I can’t be of more help but what your after is well above anything I have had to deal with.

  17. JESS January 22, 2011 at 5:14 AM #

    Hi, all your information is really useful. I was just wondering if you knew if the youth mobility visa allows you more than the usual 3 out of 6 months in other EU countries??
    Thanks in advance…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2011 at 10:13 PM #

      Hey Jess. Unfortunately the visa doesn’t allow you to stay more than 3 months in Europe. I wish it were true as well.

  18. BETH January 22, 2011 at 11:06 AM #

    Hi again,

    Thanks for your massive help on this website!
    I was just wondering aswell when you have the youth mobility visa and living in UK, how many times can you go out of the country (into Europe)? Does the 3 months tourist rule still apply?
    My plan is to move to the UK after I have used my 3 months tourist visa in Italy and then commute back and forth occasionally to Italy. Would this work? Thanks for the help

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2011 at 10:16 PM #

      Hi Beth. You can come and go as much as you like on the 2 year visa. But the 3 month tourist visa for the rest of Europe does still apply.

      From what I have heard you can spend 90 days out of every 180 in Europe. So as long as you don’t do more days in Europe than out of it you should be fine.

  19. EMILIA January 25, 2011 at 7:43 AM #

    Hi,

    Another fellow aussie here! :)
    I was just reading up on expat-blog’s YMS advice and they say you have to have a valid return ticket back to your home country, is that really necessary if you plan on staying there for a while ?

    Cheers

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 25, 2011 at 8:49 AM #

      Hi Emilia. I can’t see why they would state you need a valid return ticket as you can stay for up to two years on the visa. I’m not even sure you can get a return ticket that is valid for that long.

      I flew into London from Italy and didn’t have a problem. Just gave them the address of my hostel and away I went.

  20. JESSIE COOPER January 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM #

    Hey!

    Just wondering.. it says on the visa application website that you need to have had the 1600 pounds in your account for at least 90 days before you apply… was this true for your case? because i plan on leaving in 4 months and dont think i will be able to have it in there by the time i would need to apply…

    hmmmmm… all so complicated!
    jess :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2011 at 9:58 AM #

      HI Jess, I did have the money in my account for 90 days as I used a statement from my savings account. Depending on when your statement is printed it may not show it.

      You need to have the money in your account when you apply as its a requirement. If your saving the money now and will have it by the time you leave, try and get your family to dump the money in there for the application. Just make sure its in there long enough so it doesn’t look suspect.

  21. EMILIA January 31, 2011 at 12:42 AM #

    Hi,

    Was a bit unsure about something in the YMS application. In section one i need to fill out my other nationalities and they’re asking for “full” details. Do you think place and date of birth would be sufficient enough ? What about an expired Filipino(in my case!) passport number ?

    Cheers! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2011 at 10:03 AM #

      Emilia, I don’t have an applicaton form that I can look at right now but I’m guessing they want to know if your an australian citizen now and what country you were previously a resident of.

      To be honest as none of that related to me I can’t really give you the right answer. Best bet is to give them a call and find out, if you get the form wrong they won’t refund your applicaion fee, so its worth the trouble of a phone call I think.

  22. KIERON January 31, 2011 at 4:41 AM #

    I wish the Canadian one was this easy – they’re making me jump through hoops. Police certificate, driving history from Vicroads and now need FOI documents about some driving offenses that happened when I was on my P plates.

    Does the UK visa ask you for any of these sort of documents? Or are they happily taking us convicts back. :D

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2011 at 10:05 AM #

      Kieron mate, don’t tell me that as I’m looking to apply for my Canadian Visa now.

      Thats it the UK just take our convict asses back.

  23. CANADIAN February 23, 2011 at 7:46 AM #

    hi,
    i have a Q? what if you are married can you still apply for this youth mobility visa? anyone plz reply.
    thanks in adv

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2011 at 8:15 PM #

      Hi Mate, I don’t remember there being a problem with you being married but worth calling them up just in case. As long as you meet the above criteria it should be ok.

  24. RANA March 14, 2011 at 4:02 AM #

    One of the best blogs on applying for youth Mobility Visa. Most other blogs about this subject just ramble about nothing, without getting to the point. love the easy step by step by step guide.

  25. TINA March 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM #

    Just a quick question, what is a POINTS BASED SYSTEM FORM (VAF9 DEC 2010)
    PERSONAL DETAILS. Is this something extra we must print, fill and send

    • SHAUN April 29, 2011 at 3:44 AM #

      That’s the online application form – print it out to take to your biometrics appointment.

      You can also fill out this form in hardcopy, the online application form is just easier.

  26. EMILIA May 12, 2011 at 1:43 AM #

    Ayyy, i got a couple of questions that i hope you might be able to help me on.
    Just looking at the points based calculator online and they say, “If you are applying under tier 2 or tier 5 you must have a certificate of sponsorship”. What do they mean by certificate of sponsorship exactly ? Applying for the tier 5, would that mean i need a certificate of sponsorship from a prospective employer in the UK ? Do i need it immediately for my YMS5 application or can i deal with that afterwards ?
    And for the YMS, i’ve read in some places that you only need the 1600P at the time of application, could my application slip through if i havent had the 1600P for atleast a consecutive of 90 days ?

    Cheers! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 12, 2011 at 8:53 AM #

      Hey Emilia. A cert of sponsorship is something you need before you arrive so you would need to have lined up a job before getting to the UK or be willing to travel back to OZ after you got there to sort out the paperwork as it can’t be done in the UK. You don’t need the cert for the T5 youth mobility visa.

      As for the funds I’m not sure. At time of application I was well over the required limit and had the money in my account for some time. Personally I’d at least want to have £1600 in my account at application time. With some form of history on your bank statement showing a savings history just to be safe.

      If you read over the comments on my 2 posts about getting the visa i think others had no problem but I cant remember. Hope that helps.

  27. EMILIA May 13, 2011 at 6:02 AM #

    Does the bank statement need to be a hard copy with the banks official stationary ? I thought it’d probably be best to be on the safe side and just get some printed out for $7 a pop but thought i might ask as well anyway :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 13, 2011 at 2:23 PM #

      Emilia, it needs to be printed out from the bank with their letterhead so you can’t use an ATM receipt or a print out from your online banking as far as I’m aware. I’d pay to get a proper statement so they can’t complain.

      • EMILIA May 14, 2011 at 1:58 AM #

        Darnit, so it’s going to take 7-10 working days for those original bank statements to come in and my biometrics appointment is in 5 days. Will it matter if i’m sending off those original documents a little after the biometrics test ? Will they be looking at that ?

        Oh my goodness, my head would be swimming with un-answered questions if it weren’t for your help! lol. I just don’t want it slipping through cos of some tiny detail i overlooked. Thanks for being so patient and replying back so quickly too :)

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 16, 2011 at 2:59 PM #

          Emilia you don’t need the bank statements for your biometric appointment. They get posted off later on with everything else so you will be fine there. Just take your app form, appointment for the biometric interview, passport and the photo with you.

  28. JEN May 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM #

    Hi ,
    I am going to the UK on a tier 5 in a few weeks. I am wondering how much ill need to have to start up in the Manchester area? I was thinking 2500GBP? but i really have no idea. Ill need bond, first and second month’s rent and living expenses…plus extra to apply and travel to job interviews. Also a little spare in case i dont find a job as quickly as i want. Please help!

    Cheers

    Jen

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 24, 2011 at 8:45 AM #

      Hi Jen, congrats on the visa. To give you an idea on living/working here they pay monthly so you will need enough money to survive a month without pay to start with (if its an office job). You will need a months rent and deposit which can be up to 1.5 times a months rent. Then food, travel etc.

      I paid out just on £1500 for rent and deposit on my room in London the first month but Manchester is a bit cheaper from what I hear. Are you going into a hostel first? it’s coming into peak season soon so expect those to be around £20 a night as well.

      I’d try and come here with more than £2500 if you can or find a friend so you at least have a couch to sleep on rent free until you get on your feet.

  29. FEL May 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM #

    Hi there,

    First I must say that you’ve got a fantastic blog going – congrats!

    Now this question may seem really, really pedantic – basically it is regarding the online form section where you have to detail your travel outside your country of residence and travel in the UK. I was really detailed in stipulating the dates, duration and purpose of each of my travels, but I missed out a couple of ‘durations’. They were both 1 day trips to London, I just forgot to write down this duration. The date and location and purpose is all there. Do you reckon this could cause a problem? Or am I just being paranoid?

    Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 31, 2011 at 2:17 PM #

      Hey Fel, thanks or the nice words I’m glad you like the blog. I’d say if you have given detailed info on everything else then you should be fine. I think they would be more concerned with lack of funds etc than that.

      Good luck on getting the visa and hopefully we’ll be seeing you in this part of the world soon.

      • FEL June 1, 2011 at 4:29 AM #

        Thanks very much for your reply! I think the wait is just making me just a tad nervous!

        I just gave the visa people in Canberra a call and they said that what I wrote should be fine.

        One interesting thing the lady said regarding this section – which I thought could be useful for future YMS visa applicants – is if you have gone to the UK for a job interview, a conference, seminar or similar, do NOT write that you were in the UK for ‘work’ purposes. You should write ‘business’. The visa can potentially be rejected if you write ‘work’, as you are not meant to work, paid or unpaid, in the UK as a visitor.

        Thanks again for your help! Will update on when I have the visa to give an indication of how long it took..

        Fel

        • FEL June 6, 2011 at 12:10 PM #

          Hey there,

          Just letting you know that exactly one week after I sent the application off, I got the email saying the visa has been dispatched. Pretty stoked! They must be working pretty fast this month over in Manila.

          Thanks so much again for your help, I will be recommending this blog to any friends of mine that will be applying for the YMS visa in the future.

          Cheers!

          Fel

          • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 7, 2011 at 8:39 AM #

            Congrats Fel. When you land over here in jolly old England look me up, first pint is on me :)

            • EMILIA June 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM #

              I’m the same as Fel, they’re working pretty fast it seems and saved me from what i expected to be a couple of weeks of “limbo” heh.
              Now on to the business of looking for ways to support myself over there. I think i might do the live-in pub job route ? *Fingers crossed* ..here we go..

              Thanks again AussieNomad :)

  30. JESSICA BATEMAN July 7, 2011 at 1:14 PM #

    Hello , My name is Jessica I am from New Zealand , but am currently in the UK with my british boyfriend. I am wanting to get a youth mobility working visa for the UK and was wondering if anyone had any idea how long it takes to process? I need to know because I have to book return flights back here to the UK . I know this is an Australian site , but maybe anyone had any idea. THank you guys .

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 10, 2011 at 12:19 PM #

      Hi Jessica, as long as you already have the funds available in your account and meet the other requirements I’d prob allow about a month or more just to be safe. Most people in oz have had their passport back to them within 2-3 weeks after the biometric appointment.

      You can get the ball rolling with your application by applying now while in the UK and then arriving home in time for your biometric appointment and then it shouldn’t be more than a month but in saying that I’m not sure how long it takes for a new zealander to get their passport back. Hope that helps.

  31. SIMONE July 28, 2011 at 7:13 AM #

    Hello!

    Do you know if it’s easy to buy a car in the UK as an australian if you have a working visa?
    I can’t seem to find any information…

    Thanks – sim

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM #

      Hi Simone. As far as I know there isn’t to much of a problem buying a car here. As long as your licence is valid and allows you to drive that type of car. You may have to exchange your driving licence for a UK one as the OZ licence only lets you drive here for the first 12 months. I exchanged mine recently and it costs £55.

      I looked at getting a car but when you look at the cost of fuel (around £1.35 a litre) and the issues of limited parking and so on it just wasn’t a cost effective option for me.

  32. ADAM August 8, 2011 at 1:43 PM #

    Awesome info..

    Just a couple of questions regarding dates.

    I’ve got a holiday booked for Europe from November 26th 2011 to February 26th 2012. If I was to want to apply for this Youth Mobility Visa, when would I need to apply for it with enough time to get the paperwork sent and back.

    Only thing is, I leave for the USA on 23rd August and don’t get back till 13th October. Therefore only having a month back in Australia before i set off for Europe. Would it be enough time to start it when i get back? What if i start it now, can i book in biometrics for any date i choose or is it a specific date?

    hope it makes sense

    Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 9, 2011 at 11:32 AM #

      Hi Adam. I’d personally allow 2-3 weeks but most have had the entire process done much quicker. You apply online and choose when to take the biometric appointment yourself so the online part can be done before you leave for the USA. That way all you need to do in that period before you leave for europe is go to the appointment and send your passport off which should be plenty of time.

  33. COURTNEY September 1, 2011 at 8:02 AM #

    Hi, I have a T5 visa and im currently living in the UK but i want to go and work in the snow for winter in the EU.
    the T5 doesn’t give you the right to work in the EU does it?
    Could you let me know how I can work in the EU and any information on getting jobs the in the snow? I am considering just turning up to one of the snow fields and trying to get a bar job but im not sure if its wise as i don’t have much money.
    cheers!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 1, 2011 at 8:15 AM #

      Hi Courtney, You are correct the tier 5 only allows you to work in the UK.

      I’ve not tried getting work over in the EU but believe your only option (and not that I’m saying try it) but would be to turn up and see if you can get a cash in hand type job. Without a visa or some form of temp working arrangement I don’t believe you can work there legally.

  34. EMILY September 4, 2011 at 5:15 PM #

    Hooowdy! Just a quick question which im already sure I know the answer to but need clearing up, all the second hand info thats floating around my hostel kitchen is quite confusing. Im in the UK but planning on heading back home (darwin) from november to feb to skip out on the cold and grab the rest of my things as ive decided to live here for good. Ive had my mobility visa since start of june so ill have plenty of time when i get back in march, but i was just wondering if theres a limited amount of time im allowed out of the uk before it becomes void? also, do you know if i can have 2 visas at the same time? I decided I loved the uk so much once i got here that Im planning on getting the 5yr ancestry visa. Can they overlap? If they can I’ll get mine in december, otherwise ill just do it in 2yrs. Hope this all makes sense, pretty tired right now. Thanks for your help!

    Ps. My grandma is always quoting your site and when I had to fly to melbourne to get my biometric scan on the monday I had a notification on the wednesday that it had already been dispatched.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM #

      Hi Emily. Nope you can come and go as much as you please with your visa. I’ve got friends who went home for the summer and came back to catch summer here in the UK so no problems there.

      As for having 2 visas at the same time I highly doubt it. if you intend to stay I’d use up your 2yr visa first then apply for the 5yr one as that gives you 7 years before having to worry about becoming a citizen etc

      haha tell your grandma many thanks for being such a good marketer for me :)

  35. JOY October 10, 2011 at 10:14 PM #

    hi, emilia, are you filipino? i really need help in applying UK visa..im here in netherland now, and ‘d like to apply for UK visa so i can work in london after my stay here..hope you can help me..thnks so much..

  36. BEC October 16, 2011 at 8:51 AM #

    Hi! I’m looking at applying for a UK visa too. I’m an Aussie, and would be possibly the Youth Mobility Visa, but I have a grandparent who was born in England so I may apply for the Ancestry Visa. My cousin used this passport as evidence for ancestry and got the visa, so I know it’s possible. My main question is what happens next – yes I can apply for the visa (with my cousin’s help as I have no idea how to go about it!), and I can save money (hopefully!) and there’s no reason I wouldn’t be accepted. But do you need to have a job lined up? It’s highly unlikely that I could find a job in the UK whilst in Australia.

    Apart from the good old resume drop, how else would you go about getting a job in the UK? I’ve been reading your blogs and I’m not sure what you’re up to now, but what about finding somewhere to rent? All the nitty gritty stuff. I currently work in retail in Aus, and hence my resume isn’t flash for prospective UK employers. How’d you go about finding work and a place to crash? I don’t know if you can shed any light onto this, but someone who’s already done it it a good place to start! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 23, 2011 at 1:27 PM #

      Hey Bec, sorry for the delayed response I’ve been off doing some more travelling of my own recently.

      You don’t need a job lined up before leaving Australia. If you pass all the requirements for the visa and get that then you are good to go. Once you arrive then you have to go about the process of finding a job/house etc etc.

      I was lucky and got a job through a friend that was living here already so managed to avoid the job hunting. Resume drops are ok but you will probably be best seeking out some job placement agencies (more popular here than in OZ I think) and let them do the work or find a friend you know here and see if they have work going with them.

      I have a post on finding accommodation in London here http://www.theaussienomad.com/travel-thoughts/finding-accommodation-in-london-the-ups-and-downs/ but for the most part I searched on gumtree here till I found a place.

      Hope that helps a bit and if you need anymore info do feel free to ask.

  37. KIMBERLEY October 24, 2011 at 7:33 AM #

    Hey everyone, I am having sooooooooo much difficulty trying to apply for the Tier 5 visa online. I have filled everything in correctly but you get to the last page which is the Declaration. The page requires a signature. How can you sign it online? I wasn’t sure if I could just type my name in or scan my signature?? I really don’t want to screw it up and have my application rejected.

    Has anyone else come across this and how did you fix it??

    Please help as I need to submit my application ASAP.

    Thanks so much
    Kim

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 24, 2011 at 7:59 AM #

      Hi Kim, all you need to do is type your name in. I don’t believe you can do anything else as there is nowhere to upload a digital copy of your signature from memory.

  38. ALI November 17, 2011 at 9:33 AM #

    Hi guys,

    I have a query. I accidentally put my mum’s maiden name on the application form and I have since got my biometrics done and it’s all stamped with proof of payment. Is it worth redoing?

  39. PETE November 20, 2011 at 6:38 AM #

    Hi, cheers for the information.
    Does anyone know if once the visa is granted if you need to be in the uk within a certain time period? i.e 3 months?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM #

      Pete I’m pretty sure you can set the date and get there when you like but obviously don’t apply now to travel in a years time etc. Go through the online process and I’m sure it will tell you.

  40. BEN November 30, 2011 at 8:43 AM #

    Hi,

    Did anyone have to take a return envelope to the biometric appointment? I was under the impression that this was only required when you send off your passport & application ect AFTER the biometric is done, but the online system told me to take a prepaid envelope as part of my supporting documents??

    Cheers for the info!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 5, 2011 at 9:30 AM #

      Ben you don’t post off your info until after the biometric is done. They stamp your application form there and then give you details on what th post where etc.

  41. SHELDON November 30, 2011 at 10:33 AM #

    Hey, seriously, your blog is a life saver. It totally got me through the whole application. I did have some questions though, i selected to use the postal option (as opposed to in person, or in person with return envelope) does that just mean that I send the whole package (ie. forms and biometrics) off in the end? It was kind of unclear where to send it.

    Cheers

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM #

      Sheldon I can’t remember exactly but yes you would just post it all off after the biometric is done. I don’t even remember their being an option for in person but hey it was almost 18months ago since I went through the process.

  42. STARCITY December 2, 2011 at 4:24 AM #

    Great Post and a life saver. Thanks a lot for such a detailed information. I have applied online today and got the appointment on monday. I couldnt find the appendix 7 form from the webiste. Would you be able to send me a direct link to that form. Do I need to send anyother documents together with the application other than the mentioned ones.

    Thanks a lot

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 5, 2011 at 9:32 AM #

      Starcity I’m in the process of updating the post to reflect changes that the UK visa office has made. I’m not 100% sure if the appedix 7 form is now required. Perhaps someone that has applied recently can comment and let us all know.

  43. REBECCA December 6, 2011 at 1:29 AM #

    I am an Australian student going on exchange to a French university for 1 year. I am having a great deal of difficulty organising my student visa and my flight ticket is booked for the 17th of December (less than 2 weeks). at this late stage I won’t have time to arrange my visa before my departure. Would it be possible for me to fly to France for Christmas and then fly to Edinburgh to apply for my student (long stay) visa with the consulate in Sydney via post?

    Please help!

    Rebecca

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 7, 2011 at 9:46 AM #

      Hi Rebecca. If you are talking about the Youth Mobility Visa then no it has to be applied for in Australia I’m afraid. You have to give fingerprints and have your passport sent off for processing etc.

  44. STARCITY December 14, 2011 at 12:04 AM #

    Just a quick update on Youth Mobility Visa. Everything remain the same except the visa fee. Its now AUD 331 and the self assessment form can be found here http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/visas/vaf9-app7.pdf.
    I have send my documents and waiting for a reply :-S

  45. MICHELE January 3, 2012 at 4:06 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad – This process is INSANE. BTW If you telephone them and want to speak to an actual person it will cost you $3.50 a minute. If you only want to hear the recorded message which tells you to go tothe website (a web site that is next to useless) then it is a mere $1.65 a minute. The first call I amde an actual person directed me to the website. Great advice thanks for that and so I had to telephone again to get told NOT TO SEND ANYTHNG until I had the biometrics done else you will need to apply all over again. SO here it is for free – DO NOT SEND ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE HAD THE BIOMETRICS DONE.

  46. FINGERS CROSSED THIS WILL WORK January 4, 2012 at 9:12 AM #

    First and foremost, great blog mate. Insightful.

    Stressing out a bit with this application, it seems like I’m getting grilled and I have yet to be interviewed/biometric’d! Anyways, someone asked a question regarding Mother’s maiden name – the form requests Mother’s family name (ie surname of mother’s family) – is that not maiden name?? Confused now.

    Also, have 2 DUI convictions although online form has room for one ‘naughty’ act – it would be wise for me to add 2nd into extra information, yes? Hope that these indiscretions don’t refuse my Visa. My thoughts are testing integrity, disclose evrything. Should we be adding extra detail here regarding qualifications? ie Ba Degree?

    With the funds – say I have above the 1600GBP in a savings account but also have a credit card limit of 16k but owe 6k on it – is something they look at? Can I just show savings bank statement.

    Sorry for all the questions – just seems that you hold all the answers. Hope you are having a great time there buddy!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 4, 2012 at 10:00 AM #

      Hey mate, the application process sure does ask the questions and then the biometric appointment can be a bit of a WTF moment thats for sure. In saying that I’ve only ever been finger print scanned twice coming into the UK and consider the amount of times I’ve done it, its not so bad.

      I’d disclose everything about your DUI’s to be safe and I’m pretty sure someone else has commneted about having a DUI and not having any problems. Not sure you need to provide anything about your qualifications etc with regards to UNI degrees etc.

      As for the funds they only ask for proof you have the money in the bank and not about outstanding loans etc when I applied. At the time I applied I had a 15k Loan on a ute and it was never questioned.

      • FINGERS CROSSED THIS WILL WORK January 5, 2012 at 6:49 AM #

        Thanks for the info mate, will keep you posted how I go.

        • FINGERS CROSSED THIS WILL WORK January 20, 2012 at 7:31 AM #

          Okay – bit of an update on my situation. So sent off application with what I thought were all my supporting docs after my biometrics. As mentioned previously I had two DUI’s (the second being high range and in another state), exactly 7 days from when I initially sent my application I recieved an email from Manila saying that my application has been deferred and I have a limited opportunity to supply the Entry Clearance Officer with additional supporting documents (5 days).

          Now, I had sent my full criminal report with my app, but they would like a full report regarding the second DUI – I expect this is a report on the events of the night (well I hope it is). So I had to drive from Canberra to Queanbeyan (not far, but differnt state) to get this report and scan and email to be fully considered. I just thought I would let anyone else that is in a similar situation with DUIs know that it might be the best idea to get a copy of the incident report if you had a DUI and send along with criminal record – may save some time. I have also read that supporting documentation of payment of the fine is beneficial – i have changed banks and the DUI was 6 years ago so I wouldn’t know how to supply such information.

          Once again, fingers crossed this will work!

          • FINGERS CROSSED THIS WILL WORK January 26, 2012 at 2:00 AM #

            Visa dispatched in 3 days! Yeah buddy!

            Was really starting to worry, although I did get hold of court papers for second offence with proof of payment on court result. Think it is wise to track this info down.

            Thank you again for this blog mate, true life saver – helps to talk about your situation and read experiences of others!

            See you guys over there!

  47. GEORGIE January 5, 2012 at 5:42 AM #

    Hey where did you find the info “Can only apply from your country of residence”… I am a kiwi living in Australia and wondering if I can apply from here rather than have to go back to NZ.

    Cheers!

  48. TEGAN January 10, 2012 at 12:42 AM #

    Hi,
    I recently applied for the YMS visa… but have just realised that my photo i included was more than 6 months old. Th website said “recent” and refered to a link on the page that didn’t exist, and i was in a rush so didn’t check… can you tell me how long it will take for them to reject it and send it back. I know i will need to re-apply for my visa.. but do i also need to do my biometrics again??? I live in the country and spent 700 dollars getting to my last appointment. Really hoping i don’t need to do that again. Thanks for your help. Also, i just wanted to check, what documents was it refering to when it said photocopies of orginals? Thanks.

  49. HORTO15 January 10, 2012 at 2:48 AM #

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks for all the advice above. I have just applied for my visa and have a couple of questions. My biometrics appointment is Jan 27th.

    1. Do I need to send the forms via post to the biometrics location BEFORE I have the biometrics taken, or simply take them along with me on the day? So much conflicting info on this one! At $3.50 a minute I don’t want to have to ring up to clarify but will if need be.

    2. RE: supporting documentation, this is what I believe I need to send in, after biometrics:
    – the visa form stamped with biometrics, the appendix 7 and a passport photo of myself
    – letter from the bank stating how much I have available (over 1600 pounds).
    – copy of my criminal history (DUI offence, so I’m sending it in)
    – passport

    What I DON’T think I need (am I right?):
    Bank statement – since I’m sending a letter from my bank confirming funds
    Birth Certificate – since I’m sending passport as proof of my date of birth?

    Appreciate any help on this!

  50. TEGAN January 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM #

    Hi Horto,

    Don’t send anything until after your biometrics, then send it all together. You need your application with you and your passport when you do for your biometrics… not to mention your printed biometrics appointment information..

    I think you have everything covered! You just need a blank piece of paper!! Go figure?! There appears to be a shortage at the Visa office! Also, make sure your bank info is on offical stationary (coloured if possible) and has a official stamp.

    Goodluck!

    @ StarCity- Thanks for your help! I have sent all of that stuff, so i will just wait and cross my fingers that the date isn’t printed on the back of the photo or something!

    • HORTO15 January 12, 2012 at 3:41 AM #

      Thanks for your response Tegan, I guess I’m all set, just wait for the 27th now!

  51. KATE January 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM #

    Thanks heaps for all your helpful info!! Like others, this site has been a bit of a bible for me and as of tonight, I have got the visa ball rolling…just collecting the last bits n pieces before my appointment next Friday. This is so exciting for me …I never thought I’d ever be able to achieve something like this in my lifetime then over the past few years, complete with retraining and a career change, I began to believe… I turn 30 in May, so decided why the hell not?? You only live once!! Thanks again! :)

  52. KAREN January 12, 2012 at 1:17 AM #

    Hoping that a recent applicant can help me out!
    I’m just looking at starting the application, and am unsure about:

    – An address in the UK where you will be staying
    – Itinerary

    Any insight? Do I need a permanent address?? I am looking to rent, but as of yet have NOT started looking! :S

    Any help MUCH appreciated! :)

    • KATE January 12, 2012 at 1:22 AM #

      Hi Karen,

      I was concerned about this too however these questions never came up when I completed the forms last night…perhaps it’s for other visa types?

      Cheers,
      Kate.

      • KAREN January 12, 2012 at 1:24 AM #

        Thanks for the quick reply, I’m onto to the application now…not so sure why I’m so scared in starting it!

        Thanks again!

      • STARCITY January 12, 2012 at 1:28 AM #

        Hi Karen,

        As far as I could remember, you don’t need these details for Youth Mobility Scheme, though it will ask you to have these details before hand to start your application. I guess it is for other visa types such as visitors. Hope it helps.

        Fill in your online application form, pay the fee, book and biometric appointment, print the completed form and take the completed form with you for the biometric appointment ( where they will put a stamp and take your finger prints).

        Once you have done these steps, enclose the required documents. (Pls read the following bit carefully) and send it to them :)
        Pls see the details below

        You can download application form VAF9, Appendix 7 and the guidance notes from the right side of this page.”

        http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/applying/

        Documents reqiured*
        1. You application form with Biometric stamp of approval on it.
        2. All your passports ( old and expired/ invalid)
        3. One color passport size photo with your name on the back (4.5cm*3.5cm). Check this link for more info on photographs : http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/supportingevidence/photographsandpassports/

        4.Proof of maintenance funds. Bank statements are the best. just get a recent bank statement which shows enough fund in your account at the time of application.
        5.VAF9-Appendix 7- self assessment form ( which is used to calculate your points.) The form is right here : http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/visas/vaf9-app7.pdf

        6. self addressed platinum express post envelope ( remember to note the tracking number as they dont provide any information from the processing centre regarding this).

        THIS IS ALL WHAT YOU NEED!!!

        Cheers

        • KATE January 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM #

          One question to add to this…when I printed off my application form, the barcodes/confirmation numbers didn’t show. I’ve tried two pretty fancy printers so far and still no good.

          Is this normal or should I keep trying other printers until it works?

          Thanks!
          Kate.

          • STARCITY January 12, 2012 at 1:52 AM #

            Did you check if you can read the numbers ?

  53. STARCITY January 12, 2012 at 1:51 AM #

    Hi Kate,

    Its normal. The same happnd with mine as well. They will enter the number manually. So dont worry about it.

    • KATE January 12, 2012 at 1:54 AM #

      Oh ok great, thanks heaps – I was really worried!

      Like Megan, I’m not sure why I am so scared/anxious about it all other than I guess getting the green light on this is likely to change my life! :)

      Thanks again,
      Kate.

  54. KAREN January 12, 2012 at 2:14 AM #

    ARGH! HAHA, I’m at the end!

    What did everyone write for this? I’m unsure…

    “Please select how you will submit your application. Note that some submission methods incur an additional cost for postage.”

    Thanks!

    • KATE January 12, 2012 at 2:15 AM #

      I think I chose the bottom one – in person & something…?

      • KAREN January 12, 2012 at 2:45 AM #

        Hmmm… I also chose that one, but now I’m unsure!

        FIngers crossed…have the biometrics thing tomorrow, I intend to send it all off on Monday! YAY!

        Thanks for all the advice!

  55. JAMES January 16, 2012 at 9:51 AM #

    Hey mate, this page has been very useful so thanks!

    Hoping you or someone else can answer this..
    Is there a time after you go to the biometric thing and get your approval that you need to send in all the documents via post? I have my bio in two days but will need to wait a little longer to get the bank information..

    Thanks in advance!

    • STARCITY January 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM #

      28 days James

  56. NAT January 16, 2012 at 11:26 AM #

    Hi Guys,

    Great web page. Just a quick one, where it says other names it asks to put any previous names at birth, and so since i changed my name i put previous name on here, but now my applicant name has my given name, PREVIOUS NAME, then family name.. it just looks silly.. has anyone else encountered this as well? why would they make this so hard! :(

    • LIN June 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM #

      I know this is an old comment but I have just submitted my application and the same thing happened to me (my details are correct but the “applicant name” comes up strangely). Does anyone know what needs to be done? I will call them on Monday to hopefully find out but for the meanwhile if anyone has any advice please let me know.

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM #

        Hi Lin, I’d say the best bet is to call the Embassy and ask them what the procedure is. Unless you can login to the application website and edit your application details there I think calling is the best bet.

        • LIN July 13, 2013 at 7:07 AM #

          Thanks for the reply. I thought I should update how this went. I rang them and explained what happened and the person I spoke to told me to cross out the additional names on my printed application form in black pen and initial it.

          I sent this in with the rest of my documents and less than 2 weeks later got the email with the “your Visa is being dispatched” message and 3 days later received my passport back with the Visa in it. Am leaving in mid September woo hoo!

          Thanks so much for your great blog and all of the comments, it really helped with the application process! :)

  57. JESS January 18, 2012 at 2:48 AM #

    Where it asks for Mothers family name, is that maiden name? My mum changed her name when she was young also so not sure if i should put her birth, maiden, or current surname?? thanks!

  58. HOLLY February 4, 2012 at 1:14 AM #

    Hey I just wanted to come on and let everyone know my YMV story and maybe relieve everyones stress a little bit..

    I had SO many problems with my application

    1. my bank statement was from September, I applied in January
    2. my photo was TERRIBLE quality.. (You cant even see the bottom of my chin, my head is tilted down)
    3. my photo wasn’t cut out of the set of 4 in came in or attached to the form
    4. I didn’t include an appendix 7 form
    5. i sent my application 2 weeks and 1 day before my already booked flight was due to leave

    yesterday afternoon, 2 weeks and 1 day after i sent my terrible application, i got my passport back with a youth mobility visa inside.

    it was the last post before my flight went.

    I, by NO means, would recommend this to anyone ever. it was the most stressful 2 weeks and 1 day of my life. BUT it should relieve some stress for you guys worrying about it all.

    and I did get an email saying it would be dispatched 8 days after i sent it.

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!

    • KATE February 4, 2012 at 6:46 AM #

      Wow! I can imagine you’d be stressed to your eyeballs!! Glad it all worked out in the end though!

      I applied online on the 11th of January and had ordered my statement just before then. My appointment was on the 20th of January, to allow plenty of time for my bank statement …but when it still hadn’t turned up, I was getting stressed out.

      I requested it (and it says allow up to 5 working days) and almost 2 weeks later, still nothing had arrived. So I got on the phone to them and they said they’d had a lot of requests for statements at the moment and they were running a bit behind…but it had definitely been posted on the Monday (a day ago).

      So I eagerly watched the letter box. Two days later it arrived (Sydney to Melbourne shouldn’t take that long…) and it said $0!! What??? They’d sent me a statement for the previous financial year …but I didn’t even have that account then, so of course there was nothing in it!

      I got straight on the phone to the bank (lucky they have a 24hr 7 days a week phone line) and explained the urgency etc etc. They apologised and said they could express post me one. I thanked them and waited…this was the evening before Australia Day…

      My statement arrived on the following Tuesday, a week later. They sent it for a time frame different to what I requested and with another account that I have with them. Of note was that it was NOT in an express post envelope!

      Thus, my application was posted off to Sydney in a express post platinum satchel the next day, arriving in Sydney on Thursday last week. The waiting continues – can’t wait for that email!!!

  59. LAUREN February 9, 2012 at 1:30 AM #

    Hi everyone

    We are Kiwis but have been living in canada this year. we have just applied for our visa, send it away monday then got an email saying that both my bf’s and my application were denied! would anyone know of any reasons for this?! when you say above that you must apply from you country of residence I assume you you mean the country in which you live, not the country from which you passport is from? we live here but dont have permanent residency here… I’m a bit foxed as I’m sure we completed all the steps, online form filled out, printed and photographed, payment made, appendix 7 with bank statement completed and passport sent.. any ideas?!

  60. ANN February 11, 2012 at 4:51 PM #

    Hey

    I did the application last September with a lot of help from this post. Just wanted to drop by and say thank you! Relieved a lot of stress for me.

  61. MICHELLE February 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM #

    Hello,
    Can someone please confirm if they have applied for YMS visa whilst living in Canada???

    Im Australian, living in cananda on WHV – Can you please confirm can i apply for UK YMS Visa whilst im in Canada Or do i need to return to Australia to apply?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 18, 2012 at 12:13 AM #

      Hi Michelle. Everything I’ve read says you have to apply from OZ as you are required to give your finger prints and send off your passport to their processing facility. I’ve looked into applying for other countries in Europe while here in London and most of them require the same deal I’m afraid. Happy to be proved wrong however.

  62. GRACE February 23, 2012 at 4:31 AM #

    Regarding the photo that must be attached with the application. It needs to be 3.5cm by 4.5cm yes? And are there requirements about face size or whether shoulders need to be showing?
    In regards to the bank statement that must be included. Is it okay for it to only include last name and initials (not full first and middle names) and be printed in black and white?

  63. CAITLIN February 25, 2012 at 2:46 AM #

    Hiii, what a great blog, thankyou so much for all the info!
    Question. I have booked a flight to Athens on the 20th May 2012, on my online application where it said ‘Applicant intends to the travel to the UK on’ i put the 14th September 2012 because i will be travelling around Europe for a bit before i start work. When i went to the biometric appt the lady asked why i am applying so early for my visa and i explained i am leaving on the 20th may (which is within the 3 months) traveling a bit before i actually head to the UK. She said to make sure i write a note at the bottom of my application saying why i am applying early ???? I also now realised that from the 20th May – 14th September is longer than the 3 months tourist visa.. helllpppp?????

  64. KRISTI March 1, 2012 at 9:41 AM #

    WOW – this would have to be the most nerve racking experience of my life!! Online visa application is now officially completed and paid for. I have my biometrics appointment in the city tomorrow. Will post everything off once I’m holding that all important stamped app form. Then the waiting game begins…along with the anxiety!! I wonder how long it will take…

    Thank you so much for the blog Nomad..and everyone who’s updated with what you need for each step. This has SO helped me get my head around it all.

    Cheers everyone :)

  65. JOEL March 2, 2012 at 10:42 PM #

    Hi guys,

    Just a few questions regarding the YMS. I applied just over a week ago and my appointment is in 6 days. Not too worried about the appointment.

    I have close to 1600 GBP in my account but have not had it for over 90 days (I am planning on leaving in about 3 months so I will definately have more by then) I am also going to get someone to put a bit extra in just in case and then I can transfer it back to them after I’ve been sent my bank statement, will this be an issue or do they only look at the closing amout?

    Also, is it best to wait until you receive your visa to book a flight? This is not a requirement for the visa process is it?

    Thanks guys, you’ve all been a life saver!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 4, 2012 at 1:26 PM #

      Hi Joel you need to have the 1600 pounds in your account at time of applying and prove that by submitting your bank statement of letter from the bank to say so.

      As for waiting to get the visa before you book a flight its entirely up to you. I booked my flight after getting the visa from memory as I was paranoid I’d get knocked back and didn’t want to have a costly flight paid for until I was sure.

  66. LEAH March 21, 2012 at 7:04 AM #

    Hi – sorry probably stupid question but I’m having trouble getting clarification…

    Does this Visa cover Scotland, specifically Glasgow?

    Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 22, 2012 at 9:11 AM #

      Hi Leah, yes your visa covers you for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland I believe. So you will be fine for Glasgow.

  67. LANA April 1, 2012 at 3:51 AM #

    Hi there,

    Great blog! A friend and I are thinking about heading to London this year, but we are getting confused between the ‘Youth Mobility Visa’ and the ‘2 year UK working Visa.’ Is there a difference?

    We are both 25, I’m kiwi, she is Aussie, we both have good professional jobs here and are worried the Youth Mobility Visa might be restrictive in terms of where we can work.

    Any advice?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2012 at 9:05 AM #

      Hi Lana, The working holiday visa had its name changed to the youth mobility visa a couple of years ago so you need not worry as they are the same thing.

  68. ANA April 5, 2012 at 8:13 PM #

    Hi There,

    I am a Canadian currently applying for this visa (Tier 5 Youth Mobility). I filled out the online application yesterday, but I am confused about the Appendix 7 as there was no mention of it in the online application. Do I need to fill it out and submit online? If so, where do I do that? Or do I print it out and submit with the rest of my documents? My appointment is scheduled for next week and I want to make sure I have everything sorted. Would be extremely grateful for any advice.
    Best,
    A

  69. SARA April 18, 2012 at 12:24 AM #

    so i’m getting so overwhelmed with all the paper work and online app.
    i’m wanting to do the same.
    so overall what docs did u need ?
    when should i book the bio test??
    what do i need for it ?
    what do they ask when sitting the test ??

  70. ANDY April 20, 2012 at 4:05 AM #

    Hiya…Im Andy,

    I am about to go through this process. I just have a question or two.

    I am trying to find an average process time, as i may have a job lined up in UK, they want to know how soon I can get there. on the uk website it states 90% of them in 3 weeks, 98% in 6 weeks. but when i look else where on the website is shows this:

    Points Based System Visas

    2 days 3 .days 5. days10 .days 15 .days 40. days 60 .days 90 .days 120.
    PBS Tier 1 45% 54% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 11
    PBS Tier 2 60% 72% 93% 95% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100% 115
    PBS Tier 4 28% 71% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 7
    PBS Tier 5 60% 75% 97% 99% 99% 100% 100% 100% 100% 1469

    second question: I just want to clarify i have this in the right order

    *Get paperwork all organized (photo, passport, bank statment(stamped), appendix7, printed copy of online application(after applying). PLUS good clear copies of each.
    *Apply onine/pay the queen some cash
    *Book Biometrics
    *take all docs to Biometrics
    *make a copy of Biometrics form)
    *send all to border agency with a return envelope.

    am I missing anything? any step? is it in the right order?

    thanks alot…great blog :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 29, 2012 at 2:55 PM #

      Hi Andy, thats pretty much it. The visa you are worried about is the Tier 5 one and given everyones comments on my site I’ve not seen anybody wait more than 3 weeks.

      • ANDY August 21, 2012 at 1:27 AM #

        Got the visa. took about 10 working days from when i sent it off. leaving on oct 16th….woot!

  71. LEO April 25, 2012 at 4:12 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad!

    Thank you for the awesome blog. It helped me out heaps with my Visa application. Keep up the great work! It was also fantastic reading everyone’s questions and comments.

    Cheers everyone!

  72. ALEXANDER April 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM #

    Whoa! Thank you so much! I always aspired to write at my website the like.

  73. MATTY C May 1, 2012 at 1:19 PM #

    Considering the Appendix 7 I had no idea of its existence until I read your blog after I sent my applications, I’ve read the one comment about the guy with the really bad application(no AP 7).
    In your opinion, how important do you think it is? Also I got my bank statement printed at the bank and not stamped though it is on their official paper, will this affect it from the stories you’ve heard?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 7, 2012 at 5:57 PM #

      Matty not sure how important it is as i also found it difficult to find when I first applied myself. As for the bank statement as long as its on official bank letterhead etc your fine it only needed to be stamped when there was no other identifying marks, otherwise how are they to know its a legit letter.

      • MATTY C May 16, 2012 at 2:34 AM #

        Got my visa yesterday!!

  74. LISS May 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM #

    Hi! THANKYOU SO MUCH for this website. Its helped me so much to get my head around this all! My friend and I have flights booked (travelling for 2 months Canada/USA/Iceland) before arriving in London 3 Sep!

    Question – (sorry if this has already been answered!) Mothers FAMILY NAME – in the online application I answered this as her maiden name.. not current surname is this an issue? Was it supposed to be current surname?? And will this affect my visa application if left like this?? I thought it meant maiden name due to the ‘family’ name working.. if anyone can help me on this that would be awesome thanks!

    I have my Biometric test booked for Next Wednesday 9th May in Melbourne (flying from Adelaide for the day!)

    Planning to send our whole application off around the 23rd May (going on the average earliest approval being around 10 days?) brings that to around 3rd June.. which allows us to arrive in London 3 september.. if we get out visa approved earlier than 3 June we will need to change flights (as far as i understand we have to be in UK no longer than 3 months after approval?)

    Would you recommend sending the application a little later? (and risk having it approved in 4-6 weeks and then needing to change flight out! to wait for passport!)

    Thanks so much for your advice!!!! (so stressed haha)

    :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 7, 2012 at 5:55 PM #

      Hi Liss, your mums family name is the same as her maiden name so your fine there.

      Your visa start date is set by the date you selected on your visa application not by the day it was approved on. What date did you pick for that?

      • LISS May 9, 2012 at 12:13 AM #

        Thanks for that! Yep actually rang consulate to double check about it they confirmed that it’s from the date you specify you plan to arrive (yay so much easier we thought it was so much more involved!) and she said if they gve you an earlier approval date they will contact you and let you know! My friend an I plan to arrive 3 september flying from new York via Iceland for a few days ::)

  75. ANDY May 17, 2012 at 6:18 AM #

    Hey mate, i noticed one of the requirements is that i have to be in Melbourne (my home) to apply for this visa? I am currently in the USA (without the youth visa) looking to travel straight to the UK to work and live. Do you know of anyway around this? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Andy.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 17, 2012 at 9:34 AM #

      Sorry Andy have to apply from Oz for this one I’m afraid. You need to send off your passport and attend a biometric appointment.

  76. LIANA May 19, 2012 at 8:48 AM #

    Hi, im sending off my supporting documents for applying for my yms visa im just wondering what are all the things i need to send off to manila office???? Thanks. :-)

  77. KAT May 31, 2012 at 3:36 PM #

    Hi there, I’m about to start applying for my own visa (eeeek!!) and I had a question about the biometric appointment. How long after you submitted your application was your appointment? Did you get many options to choose from or was it limited? Can you choose different consulates as well? The reason for all the questions is I’m actually travelling around the country for work in the lead up to when I’m planning on going, and I’m really trying to schedule it all in.
    Any help anyone has would be greatly appreciated!

  78. EMMA June 13, 2012 at 12:04 AM #

    Hi Aussie nomad!

    I’m coming to the end of my two-year visa – it finishes on 14 July – and I have a question which doesn’t seem to be stated anywhere in UK border policy documents. Maybe you can help!

    Is there a rule against me leaving the UK on say, 11 July for a short trip to Barcelona and returning again as a visitor on 16 July? I would like to stay for another couple of months without working.

    I don’t see why this would be an issue but would like to be sure before leaving the country while all my belongings are still here. Am guessing it would help to have a copy of return flight itinerary on a date within three months of my return, and potentially even my work contract to prove I have my passed the end date.

    Any help would be hugely appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Emma

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 13, 2012 at 9:29 AM #

      Hi Emma. My visa has just expired 12th June and I’ve just re-entered the UK (13th June) for a transit to America for a week. I’ll be back here in a week and will see if I have any drama then.

      The only think to worry about is that they may believe you are intending to stay on longer than you possibly should. I’d have proof of onward travel even if its just a cheap flight somewhere to be safe. Of course you can say your here for the Olympics as well so while i don’t see a problem, just cover your bases I think.

  79. LAURA June 19, 2012 at 4:02 AM #

    Hi there,

    I’ve done my application online and have set up my biometric appointment and I was wondering if you figured out the having to send it by post first as well as bringing it with you?
    I’ve tried calling their number but it won’t go through and I’ve tried calling the consulate in Melbourne (which is where I’m applying) but their message says they don’t handle visa applications there? Very confusing!!

    Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM #

      Hi Laura. You don’t send it vi post, just take all the paperwork with you to the biometric appointment and your set.

  80. CASSIE July 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM #

    hi mate – awesome tips thankyou!
    Any idea how driving works on youth mobility?
    Been told that insurance on a car in the UK is a lot less if you have a UK license but how does this work?
    Thanks a billion :)

  81. LINDA_X August 20, 2012 at 11:49 PM #

    Hi all,

    So today I received my documents (passport etc) by registered post and have yet to hear whether my Youth Mobility Visa application was expected – I cannot help but think the worst!!
    Has this happened to anyone else?

    Cheers,

    Linda x

    • LINDA_X August 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM #

      **accepted (auto type) :P

  82. ANDIKIWI August 21, 2012 at 1:20 AM #

    Hey Linda_x

    I just got mine. the visa was a sticker in the passport on a random page. I got an email a week before it arrived to say it was being dispatched. have you checked every page of your passport?

    • LINDA_X August 21, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

      Heya Andikiwi,
      Currently at work so going to have to await these long dreary hours until I get home so I can check my passport. I have back tracked two weeks checking junk / deleted etc emails… yet nowhere stating that my application has been received / accepted or passport has been dispatched :/

      • LINDA_X August 21, 2012 at 4:41 AM #

        Ok so I couldn’t wait any longer and headed home for a longish lunch break.
        I got the sticker of approval!! Process only took 3 weeks!

        Now I have another question, Visa start date is Nov 1st I’m actually wanting to enter the UK before then. What are my options? HELP!! thnx

        • ANDIKIWI August 21, 2012 at 5:37 AM #

          Well that’s good news! at least you got the visa! congrats!
          as for the start date. probably you wont be able to change that. It is the date that you would have entered for the question “when do you plan on flying to UK?” (or something like that)
          I’m going on 16th October to London.

          • LINDA_X August 21, 2012 at 7:24 AM #

            Thanks, super excited :)
            I was hoping to enter the UK around mid Oct too. What are the chances of entering as a vistor for two weeks – with no intention of working :P

  83. ANDIKIWI August 21, 2012 at 7:40 AM #

    You could call the consulate credit card line and ask them. maybe they can change it or maybe you will have to get another type of visa for those 2 weeks?. i’m totally winging my trip! no idea what my plans are…hahaha
    if you go travelling anywhere let me know, ill be always keen for a mish! heres my email a.johankiwi@gmail.com

  84. TARA August 27, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

    Quick question: what was the verdict about having to send and take your application form to the appointment. did you end up having to do both?

    • ANDY August 28, 2012 at 4:26 AM #

      hey Tara.

      All I took was the online application which you print after completing, passport, biometrics appointment sheet, i also took my photo which the lady stuck onto my application form.

  85. LINDA_X September 3, 2012 at 1:19 AM #

    So I have an approved working visa starting 1st of november, 2012. What im wondering is whether I’m allowed to enter prior to my UK visa commencing and not start work until the 1st of november. I am looking into entering the UK on october 20th.
    Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 3, 2012 at 1:35 AM #

      Hi Linda congrats on the visa. As for entering before your visa starts I don’t see it being a problem but you will have to leave the country and re-enter with your visa for it to become valid as my understanding of it goes.

  86. RANA September 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM #

    My youth mobility visa expires June 2012.l Do you think it would be possible to leave the country and then re enter on a six months tourist visa?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 3, 2012 at 10:34 AM #

      Rana I re-entered after my visa had expired but needed proof I was leaving the country again. I think as long as you leave for a couple of weeks and come back with some form of proof you will be leaving then all should be ok.

      There is of course the chance they can think you will be returning to stay but thats the chance you have to take.

  87. LAUREN September 10, 2012 at 9:14 AM #

    hey just have a question for you. I got my letter from the bank confirming my funds, but the company doing my visa for me said that i should have a bank statement so i got one but it shows me putting money in my account in large amounts coz i work 8-5 at a cash in hand job so since i cant get to the bank for a few weeks at a time sometimes it looks funny me putting in a few thousand dollars every how many weeks. Do you think when they look at my application they will mind because i know you need an excuse when it shows you putting in large amounts into your account

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 16, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

      Hi Lauren, I really dont think it matters how the money gets or appears in your account just as long as you’ve had at least 1600 pounds in there for 3 months or more. They need to be sure you can support yourself once your arrive.

      Also hope the people you are paying to sort your visa for you aren’t to costly as it really is an easy process to handle yourself.

  88. KRISTI September 20, 2012 at 1:32 PM #

    Hi, first of all, great blog, this is exactly what i was looking for!
    The requirements for age are you must be under the age of 31 when applying for your visa. I have applied but i turn 31 in November but i put my leaving date as 11th January, do you think this will affect the application? Perhaps they will respond and say my visa start date needs to be from now as i’ll be 31 by the time i enter?
    If that’s the case will my application be rejected?
    Also, when getting my bank statement stamped by the bank, how far back do i need to show the balance of my account?
    Thanks so much, your help is appreciated! :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 20, 2012 at 1:35 PM #

      Hi Kristi. You are correct your visa will need to start before you turn 31 so before November for you to be successful.

      As for the bank statement I think the application ask for something showing you’ve had the money in the account for at least 30 days from memory. I’d have to look it up but the longer you can show that there is 1800 pound in your account or more the better.

      Hope that helps.

  89. KRISTI September 20, 2012 at 1:50 PM #

    Thanks for that! :)
    So does that mean my leaving date has to be before i turn 31?
    Is the date i plan on arriving in the UK the same as the visa starting date or does that just start as soon as it’s approved? Sorry for all the questions!

  90. KRISTI September 20, 2012 at 1:59 PM #

    Ah all good, found my answer:Phew! Thanks again for your help, love your blog! :)

    I am almost 31 and want to apply for a Youth Mobility visa — do I have time?

    You can apply for the Youth Mobility program up until your 31st birthday. The date of application is considered to be the date your payment and biometric details are taken, so you need to ensure this happens before you turn 31. Your visa will then be valid for the standard two-year period and you can enter the UK any time during this time.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 20, 2012 at 2:04 PM #

      Thats great Kristi and glad you found the answer to clarify the application age cut off. Can you let me know the page you found that on, I might try and include it into the post above or create a new one answering all these sorts of questions.

  91. KRISTI September 20, 2012 at 2:13 PM #

    Just worried that i put my leaving date as 4 months from now…hopefully it doesn’t get rejected! Can i write on the form and change the date to December but leave in Jan?

  92. KRISTI September 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM #

    Sure thing, found that here: http://www.workgateways.com/working-visa-faqs.html

    • ALICE August 25, 2014 at 5:28 AM #

      Hi Kristi!
      I was wondering if you could let me know if your visa application was successful, and what date they ended up starting it on? Hopefully you’ve already gone over there and are enjoying yourself :)

  93. WEI-MUN September 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM #

    hey thanks a lot for posting this! helped me a tonne in helping to rummage thru all the details needed to do this visa application. at the end of the day it was a relatively simple process. hey is it ok if i link ur website to my blog? i’m starting out a travel blog too and wanted people to come here if they got questions about visas and stuff?

  94. JAY November 14, 2012 at 3:38 AM #

    Hi! i am moving to london for the traditional 2 year period working as a teacher! I am applying for my VISA very soon, but do not yet have the funds. I know you can just get someone to put the money in your account then remove it after, but does the money need to be in your account 30 days prior to making the application, or 30 days after??
    xxxxxx

  95. YVONNE November 17, 2012 at 5:37 AM #

    Hi
    Your blog is very inspiring. I especially like the one about career change . Cos at the moment i am doing a job i hate ( which i am plotting to get rid of ). And i don’t know where to turn to find my passion. That blog let me know it’s not only ok but normal not to know what you want to do. And as the saying goes, when you don’t where to go, everywhere is direction.

    I have a question about the youth mobility visa for UK. Is it another name for working holiday visa or they are different things?

    Thanks

  96. WILL November 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM #

    Hey guys! Awesome and helpful thread btw!
    So this is how I approached it (hopefully I have it all correct):
    1) Completed online application (including paying the 310 AUD) and printed it out.

    2) Booked and attended the biometrics appointment at the British Consulate in Brisbane (I took my current passport, a good quality print-out of the completed application AND a printout of the biometrics appointment confirmation with me – really friendly and helpful white-haired lady here in the Brisbane office btw).

    3) After I got the stamp on my application form print-out from the biometrics office, I gathered up the following supporting documents: (Current passport, previous passport, Appendix 7 from UK Border Agency website and my most recent bank statement – just printed it in good quality from Netbank and got it stamped at my bank).

    4) I gathered all those together, including photocopies of the bank statement and of the ID page of both my old and current passports…went to my local post office and bought TWO Express Post Platinum envelopes (one addressed to the UK Border Agency in Sydney and the other addressed to me – for the return of my documents)

    5) Shoved the return envelope and all of the above documents into the main envelope and handed it over to the post office.

    That’s how I approached it – hopefully this will help those of you who are still a bit confused by the process.

    I sent it off last Thursday (Nov 15) and it arrived in Sydney the following day (it’s now Tuesday the 20th of Nov) – I know it’s only been 3 working days, but I am so impatient! lol!
    Will update when I find out the result :) :)

    P.s. If there is anything that I missed, don’t hesitate to tell me! :)

    Will

    • WILL November 22, 2012 at 4:57 AM #

      OMG!! I just got the email from the Manila office! I GOT THE VISA! It was an incredibly short email…it just said: “Your VISA will be dispatched shortly” BUT OMG I NEARLY DIED FROM EXCITEMENT WHEN IN READ IT!

      And it only took 7 days from when I posted it! (That’s 7 days, not even 7 working days!) WOW!

  97. DAN December 9, 2012 at 7:37 AM #

    For those of you considering using one of the third party websites to help with the UK visa application process I think you should reconsider! I have recently applied for and recieved my UK Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa fairly easily.. These companies claim that the process is very hard…. which in my case it was not at all and charge $200 to do so. As long as you are thorough and follow all of the instructions and ensure you have sent off the right forms there is no real need to part with a few hundred dollars. I got my Visa in 10 working days which included it being sent off to Manila to be processed! Get someone to work through it with you to make sure you have everything and save your cash!!!

  98. KATHARIN December 10, 2012 at 10:36 PM #

    Thanks for that tip Dan! I was just thinking the same thing. I just wanted to check with someone though what they put down as the place of issue and authority on the visa application form? Is it enough just to put ‘Australia’ as the place of issue as that it what the passport says or do I need to put a city too? and is the issuing authority “Department of foreign affairs” ? Bit worried about stuffing up the application so any help would be appreciated! :)

    • TODD January 24, 2013 at 2:44 AM #

      I am in the same boat as you Katharin. Only says Australia.

      I am thinking to just put Australia down.

      Have you applied yet? If so, what did you put down and how did you go?

  99. JESSICA FROGLEY December 20, 2012 at 9:43 PM #

    Hello there

    I am a New Zealander with a NZ passport but i am living in Australia and have been for 3 years now, can i apply for my Uk working holiday visa from here?

  100. NICOLE February 5, 2013 at 4:53 AM #

    Hi,
    I am looking at applying for the tier five youth mobility scheme visa and was wondering if you need to have the money in your bank account for over 90 days or not. I will have the required amount but it wont be in there for 90 days.

  101. KATHARIN February 12, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

    Hi Todd

    Yes I have applied and received my VISA now.
    All I put was Australia as the place of issue and Australian Government as issuing Authority

  102. ROBERT February 14, 2013 at 5:43 AM #

    fantastic news i sent away my YMV information last thursday and got a email today saying that my visa will be dispatched shortly and thats only taken one week im so exsited and i cant wait. so i just want to say your site is fantastic and it gave me all the info i needed to get the visa approved with no issues.

  103. BRODIE W February 23, 2013 at 1:11 AM #

    I have recently been sorting out my application for a YMS visa. I did the application online at visa4uk I have paid an application fee of $400 or so, and have my biometric appointment next week. However when i look at the YMS application website it states that there is a 198quid fee as well??

    I was just wondering do I have to pay this extra fee for the actual YMS visa before I send all my paper work off or do I pay it after it has been granted to me???

    Please help!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 23, 2013 at 1:29 AM #

      Hi Brodie, the application fee last I saw here:

      http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/cost/

      Is listed as 194 pounds which works out to around 300 AUD so I’m not sure why you have been charged more than that, you did apply for the Tier 5 YMV Visa correct? The fee is paid once you complete the online application on the YMV form so you shouldn’t have to pay anymore.

      The process should go as follows:

      – Fill out form online and pay application fee
      – Have your biometric appointment
      – Send off all paperwork to processing place in Manila
      – Get visa back, throw party to celebrating getting it and head for the UK.

  104. ASHLEE February 27, 2013 at 7:44 AM #

    Hi Chris – I have a question regarding the maintance fee. I will have the money available soon (I think its 1800 pound) .. But I don’t want to have to wait the 90 days until I can apply for the visa (youth mobility). When you applied did you have to give bank statements to confirm the money had been in your account for 90 days or did you just have to provide evidence that you had it? Thanks – Ashlee

  105. SIMON March 5, 2013 at 5:00 AM #

    Hi Ashlee,

    I was in the same boat as you, so I just had the bank write me a letter saying that I have X amount of money in my account on this date etc. and got it stamped and signed and sent that, had no troubles with it.

  106. JESSSSIIICAAA March 11, 2013 at 10:57 AM #

    I’m heading over to the UK in October hopefully with this visa and unsure about when I have to apply for it. Is it within 3 months of your departure date or before three months?

    :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM #

      Hi Jessica, you need to apply within 3 months of your departure date.

  107. KAT March 18, 2013 at 6:04 AM #

    Hi there,
    I am currently through my process of my visa, I am up to the point of booking my Biometric data however when booking an appointment it only shows about 4 weeks availability then that is it. Do you know if availability for appointments is all year round?
    Cheers

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 12, 2013 at 7:16 AM #

      Hi Kat,

      Sorry for the delayed response. When applying for the visa you must do so within 3 months of your intended entry into the UK. in order to process your application within enough time and get your passport back you I don’t think they can offer anymore than the 4 week period. They do process the biometric appointments all year round but as mentioned above it depends on when you plan to travel to the uk.

  108. J April 7, 2013 at 3:02 PM #

    Hi aussie nomad,

    If I get a contract role which pays me in euros and will require me to go to the companies head office every now and again in amsterdam is that ok with the youth mobility visa? I will be based in london but will have to travel to other european countries for occasional projects.

    Does this visa forbid you to work in other european countries? Or are you treated the same as a normal uk citizen for the 24 months?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 12, 2013 at 7:14 AM #

      Hi J, the YMV only allows you to work in the UK so it would depend if the company you contract for has an office in the UK in which you can be employed under. They wouldn’t be able to employ you via their Amsterdam office as you wouldn’t be able to produce a visa or evidence that allows you to work there.

  109. KATHERINE May 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM #

    Hi!

    Thanks so much for this-has helped me a lot in the YMS visa application process!

    I received the visa in the mail today :)

    it starts on 8 August 2013 and ends on 6 May 2015. is that right? I assumed it would expire on 8 August 2015. is the expiry date 2 years from when they approve the visa? if so they need to make that clear, I assumed it would expire 2 years after the start date. why bother telling people to apply 3 months before you want to go-does that mean everybody loses 3 months?!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 14, 2013 at 10:39 AM #

      Hi Katherine, congrats on getting the visa now its off to the UK you go :)

      Hmm that is weird about your visa start times, I had a full 2 years date on mine. They say you should apply within 3 months of your intended departure so for you apply in May leave in August when your visa starts and you get 3 months from there. I’m guessing someone stuffed up when processing your visa as nobody else has ever mentioned this, maybe give them a call to see whats going on?

  110. KATHERINE May 14, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

    Thanks for your reply!

    Great, I was worried that they stuffed it up somewhere! I will give them a call tomorrow and let you know how I go!

  111. KATHERINE May 15, 2013 at 1:57 AM #

    Yeah, they stuffed up and I’m not happy at all.

    I rang the enquiries line (1300UKVISA) today, who advised that I need to send back the Visa for amendment straight away along with a cover letter. I am sending it today. The consultant I spoke to said she would advise Manilla Processing Hub that this amendment is urgently required. As my records show I have not held a UK Visa previously, so she didn’t know what the problem was.

    I am very disappointed that this mistake occurred, and as you can imagine I have become very distressed by it. I have paid a $310 processing fee, so I don’t understand why my Visa was not checked before it was despatched to me – it’s an obvious error. I am now also $39 out of pocket because of the mistake – $12 to call the enquiries line and $27 for two more Express Post parcels.

    I understand that mistakes happen, but as I was meticulous with my Visa application, I expect the same level of care from the Manila Processing Hub especially as I paid a high processing fee.

    Now the waiting game begins…AGAIN!!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 15, 2013 at 1:43 PM #

      Hi Katherine, good to hear they have admitted the fault and will fix it but a pain you have to ship it and deal with all of the costs. At least you have plenty of time left before you fly out and you didn’t get this back with just 2 weeks till you left.

      Appreciate you post the results back from your call with them as well. Hopefully will help others if it happens to them as well.

  112. JAY June 20, 2013 at 7:48 AM #

    Hi guys,
    Really appreciate you posting this blog and this forum, and also everybody’s posts have been adding tremendous value to this blog. Does anyone else know how long it would take after receiving the email to receive all the documents – that is after receiving the email that your visa will be dispatched shortly and to check after 3 working days.
    Its been a week since receiving that email and nothing shows up on the Auspost tracker. Probably being impatient :)

    Cheers
    Jay

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 20, 2013 at 6:18 PM #

      Hi Jay, I’d put it down to impatience :) But in all seriousness it seems completely random when you get it back and even if you get an email. As you’ve probably read some people got no email and just had their passport arrive. Just have to wait it out.

      • JAY June 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

        Thanks mate for the response. yes it was indeed impatience as the documents arrived the next day , within a few days of them sending it.:) However to let you guys reading this post know, the return envelope was not track-able on Auspost website. For whatever reason, it just arrived and the online tracking never updated!! So everyone , it does happen …that the return envelope may not be trackable. It was platinum post too, so I expected better service!! But all good, it arrived safe and sound.

        All up it took about 2 weeks for the decision and another few days for passport to arrive.

        Happy travels :D

        Jay

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM #

          Hi Jay, glad to hear it turned up safe and sound. As for the tracking well you’ve got to love auspost huh :) Good luck with the trip and enjoy Europe its a blast.

  113. MICHELLE June 21, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    Hey!

    Thanks for your awesome work :) I was wondering if you might know, or if any of your followers know, but I lost my passport and Tier 5 visa in the UK at the end of last year, and since,I have returned home to Aus. My grandfather is from Northern Ireland, so I can get my Ancestry Visa, but my question is, as my Tier 5 visa was meant to expire on the 10th July 2014, do you think I will be able to get my Ancestry this year? I don’t have a physical copy of my visa as my passport was replaced due to losing it.

    Thanks a million :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM #

      Hi Michelle, I don’t believe there will be any problems with you applying for the ancestry visa even though your tier 5 youth mobility visa is still valid as they are both separate documents.

      If you are really worried just call the UK visa folks and ask, they do charge but from most accounts can be helpful.

  114. GEORGIE June 29, 2013 at 3:02 AM #

    This may seem a silly question, but I cannot see on the printed application form where exactly to post everything to. Does anyone know where to find the exact address? I will posting on Monday.

    I notice people on here are mentioning a Manila processing hub?

    Thanks!
    Georgie

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 29, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

      Hi Georgie, when I went through the process I was given the address when attending the biometric appointment. They check your application and stamp your photo from memory as well. The passports do end up in Manilla as that is the processing location, it used to be in Canberra.

      • GEORGIE June 29, 2013 at 10:51 AM #

        Wonderful thanks so much. Your blog has been incredibly helpful :-)

  115. DAVO July 3, 2013 at 2:45 AM #

    So I have everything ready to send off (I had my biometrics done this morning) but I have a a few questions about the Express Post Platinum satchels.

    1. It reads on the front “Signature on delivery” which I though is the exact reason the UKBA couldnt accept Registered Post, yet they specify to use Express Post Platinum, has any one else noticed this? Is it a requirement or does it not seem to matter?

    2. For the self address return satchel, what have people been doing with regards to the “Sender Details” section and goods declaration signature that the sender is meant to sign? I accidently signed that when filling out the satchel, will this matter? Would they bother to sign it anyway?

    3. Do you keep the receipt of the return envelope yourself? I’m guessing they dont keep them.

    Any help on this would be much appreciated.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM #

      Hi Davo, to be honest I’d not even noticed the express post requirement but its been so long as I sent off my visa now. I do know however that plenty of people have sent their documents in that way so it can’t be all bad.

      For the return envelope I’d have left the sender details empty as that should be their requirement to fill in, as long as your address is on the front all should be good.

      I’d keep the reciept of the envelope and take off the tracking stickers from the front as well so that you can monitor its progress.

  116. AMELIA August 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM #

    Hi I was wondering if you could help me? I’m a Kiwi who is lucky enough to have an ancestral visa and am living in the uk at the moment. My visa runs out on the 5 th of May 2014.
    I only want to stay another 6 weeks after that date. I won’t be working, just tidying up loose ends etc.
    Do I have to apply for another visa (which is not cheap!) or can leave England for a bit and then re-enter on a visitors/tourist visa?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated, thanks :)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2013 at 2:31 PM #

      Hi Amelia, you will be safe to leave the country and then re-enter on a tourist visa but be sure to have a ticket or something showing you plan to leave the country when you re-enter. Customs are painfully arrogant and given you’ve been in the country on a visa that allowed you to work they will be wary of you wanting to return and perhaps work again.

      My last dealing with customs was horrible and my work visa expired over 12 months ago so just be prepared.

  117. ERINE August 26, 2013 at 7:32 AM #

    Hi Guys,
    Wondering if anyone has applied for a UK teir 5 outside of Australia? I’m an Aussie who has been living in Vancouver for a year & a half. I’ve got my biometrics appointment booked for Wednesday & I just noticed the bit on the website about not being able to apply from outside your country of residence. Technically Canada is my country of residence as I live here at the moment & not in oz, but I’m wondering whether this is going to cause me problems. If anyone has done it before or knows would love to hear. Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM #

      Hi Erine, you can apply for the UK visa outside of Australia so should have no problems.

  118. HANNAH November 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM #

    Hi Again Aussie Nomad,

    I have just completed my online application as I am now within 3 months of my desired arrival date, YAY! – however, when I went to book my Biometric test for Melbourne in Jan the calendar was showing that ALL appointments were full….
    After I freaked out, I clicked through and found that all of 2014 was full – slightly hard to believe I thought!!! Anyway, I am thinking its a glich with the calendar (I am hoping!) though I dont know how or who to get in contact with to try and rectify this.

    Can you shed any light on the situation? Would be greatly appreciated.

    Cheers,

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 6, 2013 at 7:40 PM #

      Hi Hannah, that does sound very weird about the calendar. I’d wait a day just to see if it is a bug otherwise you can call the visa office on 1300 858 472 but keep in mind they will charge you to call.

  119. HANNAH November 8, 2013 at 10:59 AM #

    Thanks for that.

    On second look it seems you can only book within 4 weeks of your desired appointment- do you or anyone know if this is correct? From your earlier posts I thought I could book it within 3 month after I complete the form.

    In this case I think it means I will have to redo my application form…
    Also another question, do you think it would negatively effect my application to state that my unmarried partner is British? Better to apply as a single?

    Thanks again.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 8, 2013 at 11:07 AM #

      Hi Hannah, you need to apply for your visa within 3 months of your intended arrival in the UK so if you booked today it would be on the assumption you want to be in the UK in February next year.

      If that is the case you fill out your form online and then book in for the biometric appointment which needs to be within a few weeks of applying to ensure your visa is processed. This allows enough time to process the visa and get it back to you as that can take 1-2 weeks to post it off and return your passport with the visa in it.

      As for your partner it makes no difference where your partner is from I don’t believe. I don’t think they specifically ask for those details so I’d leave it out.

  120. EMILY May 21, 2014 at 4:05 AM #

    Hi, I have just completed the Application form for the YMS however when I went to try and book an appointment, it says that there is an error and tells me to log back in because I may have been logged out. However, I have tried logging in several times to see if that fixes the issue but it hasn’t!
    Thanks,
    Emily

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 26, 2014 at 9:17 AM #

      Hi Emily, in your situation I believe you’ll have to register and apply again with a new email address. I’ve seen a couple of reports of this problem and its either a broken application or a problem with your web browser. So I’d try using a different computer/web browser to finish applying or to apply again with a different email address providing you’ve not gone past the section where you have to pay the application fees.

  121. MICK MAHNEY June 5, 2014 at 10:39 AM #

    As you’ve heard before, massive cheer for the blog man, life saver :)

    However I am having issues with ‘Signing’ my application declaration. Even though I am typing my name into the signature box it is not giving an ‘ok’ or ‘enter’ button option to confirm that this is being received and not allowing me to go onto the next step which is to book my biometrics appointment. any light on the subject will be massively appreciated.

    Cheers

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 6, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

      Hi Mick, I’ve heard of that problem from somebody else as well. I believe they tried another web browser/computer as something was blocking it. See if that helps.

  122. MEL June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM #

    Hi there!
    Just wondering, when I’m filling out the online application and it says “Date of Intended Travel”, do you know if it’s okay to put a rough date, or do I have to put the exact date? I know the week I intend to leave, just still struggling to pick a day.

    Thank you for all the extremely useful info!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM #

      Hi Mel, an approx date will be fine. Its just used as a guide for them in the paperwork. I beleive there is another question to ask for when you want the visa to acatully start so just make sure your date of arrival is after the start date of the visa.

  123. RUTH July 22, 2014 at 6:37 AM #

    Hi,

    I can’t believe you are still replying to help others big”OE” dreams ! Thanks heaps for the useful information.

    My question is : Do I need to enter the UK before I turn 31? Obviously I would have to apply the visa before my 31st, but my birthday is in April. Can I still enter in May?

    I have looked every corner on UK border agency website, but did not find an answer. Please help if anyone know.

    Thanks

    Ruth

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 27, 2014 at 2:52 PM #

      Hi Ruth, I really enjoy everyones stories and questions as it reminds me of my experience.

      If you have had the visa granted and approved before you turn 31 then you’ll be fine to enter whenever you like afterwards. While I turned 31 in the UK I still travelled in and out regularly and never had a problem. The visa just needs to be approved before you hit 31.

  124. SUNNY August 12, 2014 at 7:26 AM #

    Hi Ausie Nomad,

    Just wondering if you know about the recruitment cycle in London. Is Mid-October better to go and start the job search or Mid-February?

    Appreciate your time.

    Thanks,
    Sunny

  125. JESS August 21, 2014 at 6:41 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    Thanks heaps for helping out – your blog was my bible in applying for a Youth Mobility visa!

    We managed to save $300 with not going through a visa agency.

    I just wanted to share that we went through priority processing and it is available for this visa and it costed us $190 AUS (non settlement) – we had the biometric interview on Friday and had the visa with us by the following Wednesday.

    I just wanted to share this as there wasn’t much info in regards to this anywhere online.

    Thanks

  126. KARENA September 24, 2014 at 6:19 AM #

    Hi,

    I am applying for a UK Youth Mobility tier 5 visa, I have a low range drink driving record from 7 years ago, It doesn’t tell me anywhere what document I need to take with me to the interview? As I had to write it on my application form. So I feel I should take something, but as it was so long ago I don’t have anything to use. Do I need a criminal record check? Or will something from out state debt recovery office suffice? Or do I just explain in detail the offence on the application form?

    I have held 3 USA Holiday working visas since this offence and all they required was a letter explaining the offence. Signed by me.

    Any help is greatly appreciated

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 24, 2014 at 4:50 PM #

      Hi Karena, if you have any form of record I tend to suggest getting an AFP police check done and sending that off with your application while detailing what you had been caught for. If the police check comes back clean you can just leave it off the application completely. If you don’t have time to get the police check done then you can just send over any documents you might have and write up a letter stating the situation that it was 7 years ago etc.

      I’d be surprised if they made a fuss of it since it was so long ago but you never know.

  127. B September 28, 2014 at 12:29 AM #

    Hi just wondering if anyone applied for their visa recently and was able to track their passport via the courier service offered by VFS? Do they email you a tracking number once they email to say your visa has been despatched? All I have so far is my GWF number. Does anyone also have a rough time frame of how long it took for them to get their visa after having biometrics done? I am a bit worried as I made some stupid mistakes on my application (writing mother’s married name down, writing down information besides points section instead of just putting numbers and not putting down two traffic offences which never went to court but were paid with a fine). I had a police check for my job over there which came back clear but it only shows unspent offences. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Wonderful blog!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 30, 2014 at 4:26 AM #

      Hi B, I don’t believe you can track the courier service based on everything I’ve heard from people. In terms of timeframe to get the passport back its anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks on average.

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