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:
- 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.