Youth Mobility Visa Ultimate Guide

Youth Mobility Visa Ultimate Guide

Over 3 years ago I posted about how to apply for a Tier 5 UK Youth Mobility Visa (previously called the working holiday visa) as an Australian. I’d struggled with finding the correct information so thought to share my experience with the world in the hopes it would help somebody else. The response to my posts has been nothing short of amazing since then so to all of you who’ve joined the discussing by leaving a comment and providing more information as the process has changed I can’t thank you enough.

With so many comments full of great information I’ve decided to pull the best bits out and bring them together into one easy to read Ultimate Reference Guide on the Youth Mobility Visa. If you have a question that’s not answered by the below please leave a comment and I’ll get it answered.

To get this underway lets run over the application process as a few things have changed and I want you all to understand whats required to apply for the Tier 5 UK Visa or working holiday as it was once called.

Youth Mobility Visa – Working Holiday Visa Guide

Eligibility Requirements

  • Available to anyone from Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Monaco, Hong Kong, Taiwan & Republic of Korea. (link)
  • Must be over the age of 18 and under 31 years of age at the time of application. (link)
  • Have £1,890 Pounds (Approx $3490 AUD as of 18th April 2016) in available funds at the time of applying. (link)
  • You must apply for the visa outside of the UK or from a country where you have citizenship or a valid visa that allows you to live/work there (link)


  • The Application cost for the Youth Mobility Visa is £230 Pounds (Approx $ 221 AUD as of 18th April 2016) (link)
  • If applying from Brisbane, Canberra or Perth there will also be an application fee to pay of $105 AUD at the time of your biometric appointment
  • To have your passport couriered back to you once it’s approved you can pay $24 AUD otherwise it needs to be collected from the office where you had your biometrics taken

Application Documents Required

  • Complete application form online or download and complete with a pen (offline applications are no longer accepted you must apply online)
  • Passport sized recent color photo (link)
  • Original proof of funds document. This is recommended to be an official bank statement but a letter from your bank printed on their letterhead and stamped will also be ok. It must included your name, account number, date, balance in excess of £1890 pounds and logo from your bank. (link and link)
  • Completed Appendix 7 Form (link) – Seems to have been made redundant with the new  online application process
  • Valid Passport for the duration of your visa period with a free page for the visa to be stuck on
  • Completed IHS Healthcare form and paid the fee of up to £300 for 2 years in the UK. (link).

All the above needs to be original documents meaning no photocopies, eftpos receipts or falsified paperwork.

Application Process

The whole process starts with filling out the online application form. Most of this is fairly straight forward asking for details about you. As part of the application process you’ll get to pick the start date for when your visa will begin. Keeping in mind that this date must be within 3 months of when you are completing your application. So if you intend to arrive in the UK on the 1st September you’ll need to be applying for the visa no earlier than the 1st June of the same year.

Once completed you’ll be given the option to pick a time to attend your biometric appointment. This appointment is required for them to collect a copy of your finger prints which will be used when arriving in the UK on your visa. You’ll be asked to give (usually one finger) them when being processed by customs. The entire appointment takes all of about 30-45 minutes ( be there 15 minutes early) and you will need to bring with you the following documents:

  • Completed and printed online application form
  • bank statement and other supporting documents required for the application
  • Passport photo meeting above mentioned specifications
  • Appointment booking confirmation letter
  • Passport
  • IHS Reference Number
  • A second valid form of ID like a drivers licence

Before you attend your biometric appointment you’ll need to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge (IHS). This is referenced as an IHS form. The first step is to run through this checklist to see if you need to pay a fee or not IHS healthcare checklist. If you are from Australia or New Zealand as of the 6th April 2016 you now need to pay a fee if you intend to live in the UK for longer than 6 months. The total fee is £300 to cover 2 years living in the UK.

To get your IHS reference number you need to go to this application page and click start now at the bottom. Follow the prompts and upon completion you will be emailed an IHS reference number that you should write down on your printed visa application. I’d also advise you to print off the email and take it to your biometric appointment as well due to how new this option is, it may save you some stress that way.

The biometric appointment process changed in late March 2014 and is now handled by a 3rd party visa processing company called VFS Global (except for in Adelaide which uses the old system). On attending one of their centers you’ll collect a token and wait for your turn to be called.

When called you will have your paperwork checked, pay your booking fee if applying in Brisbane, Canberra or Perth and then given a receipt which you need to keep for pickup of your passport if collecting it. At this time you can also pay to have your passport couriered back to you instead of returning to the processing office to collect it.

The second step is to have your fingerprints taken and have a digital photo of yourself taken, before they take all of your documents send if off on your behalf for processing. There is no need to provide your own envelopes for processing as the visa office is responsible for sending off and getting your passport back.

If applying in Adelaide then please follow the steps below, all others are to abide by the above.

You’ll leave the biometric appointment with a stamped application form and documentation on where to post your completed application and supporting documents off to. At last check you have 14 days from your biometric appointment to get your documents in the post to be processed.

It is advised to post your documents off in a platinum express post envelope and to included a second one for posting back to you. Take note of the tracking numbers on the envelopes for your own reference.

The above is a general overview for the entire application process. There have been major changes to the process this year (2014) with a revamped UK visa website and new processing options for applying. While I do my best to provide the most accurate information it is not always possible. If you notice a mistake or have details that can help others please leave a comment and I’ll update my records.

The Youth Mobility Visa FAQ

To make life easier I’ve also hand-picked a selection of questions and problems others have experienced and outlined them all below to save you trawling through over 500 comments.

Is the online application process confusing you?

In the last few weeks of 2013 the UKBA office rolled out a beta version of the new online application process. This has been met with quite a bit of confusion as sections of the application process have changed or aren’t being accepted correctly, which can be confusing if you’ve been researching the process online.

The problems I’m currently aware of are:

You receive an error when clicking Book Appointment – This error seems to have no solution other than to try and lodge your application again with a different email address.

UK Phone number being listed where your Australian one should be – This seems common and an obvious bug in the system, you can either leave it as is or hand write in the correct number. I imagine this will be fixed soon.

Your biometric appointment time is booked for say 2pm but it shows at 1pm on your letter – A fix seems to go back in and pick it again otherwise just turn up early so you don’t miss it.

I don’t have a UK Address or Phone Number

The new application form now ask for a UK phone number and address of you when applying. As you are yet to arrive in the UK I think this is beyond stupid to ask for but there you go. My advice is to put down the address and phone number of the place you intend to stay on arrival in the UK. This address will also form part of the where you will collect your BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) from so be careful putting down just any address.

Not sure what a question is asking?

The Youth Mobility Visa form can be confusing so be sure to read the Guidance Notes provided by the UKBA office for help in deciphering exactly what they are asking for. This document lists notes for all questions asked on the forms to help you complete them.

How many points did you score for Attributes, English, and Maintenance?

On the application form you are asked for the number of points for Attributes, English and Maintenance. The English section does not need to be completed as it does not apply to this visa type. To calculate the numbers for the other box’s use the points calculator on the UKBA website or refer to your Appendix 7 form and get the numbers from that.

Can I fast track or get priority processing of my visa?

With the new changes to the visa process you can now apply to fast track your visa application. Costs to get priority visa processing are £100 for non-settlement applications and £300 for settlement ones. I believe this visa falls under the non-settlement category but can not confirm this.

To order priority processing of your visa you need to purchase it before attending your biometric appointment. To order the service you need to do so on this page. Then take the receipt of payment along to your biometric appointment for processing.

They aim to process all non-settlement applications within 5 days and settlement applications within 10. Again I believe this visa falls under the non-settlement category but can not confirm.

This service is not available to people attending an appointment in Adelaide.

Is there a biometric appointment office near me?

Processing offices for the biometric appointment are as below. Of note that all but Adelaide are run by VFS Global.

  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Canberra
  • Brisbane
  • Perth
  • Adelaide

The address’ for these offices can be found here. If you don’t live near one of these offices then you’ll need to make the trip by land, sea or air to have your visa processed.

Do I post my application form off before the biometric appointment?

No you do not, even though the application form seems to suggest you should. You no longer post your application at all unless applying from Adelaide. All other applications are left with the visa office after your biometric appointment.

Where do I post my completed application to?

You only post your application if applying from Adelaide, all other applications are given to the VFS Global staff. The address to send your application to is:

UK Border Agency
GPO Box 2718
Sydney NSW 2001

It will then be forwarded to the processing hub in Manilla.

How long does the visa take to process?

Given my experience and feedback from others it takes anywhere between 1 – 4 weeks (usually within 2 though) from the time you post it. The processing times do vary depending on the time of year as well so recommend you check with the UKBA website here for a detailed listing of processing times.

However it seems with the new visa processing procedure a 2-3 weeks estimate seems correct at the moment.

I’ve not received any confirmation from the processing center, I’ve received one email, I’ve received nothing from the processing center?

The visa processing center has a history of not updating you on the process of your visa. Some people have reported getting emails to say their application was received, processed and shipped back while others have received nothing at all. You need not fear, there has never been a case of someones application form getting lost that I am aware of and most find their passport arrives the day after they freak out. All I can suggest is a little patience.

I have a question about the visa process who can I call or email?

You can contact the visa authority on 1300UKVISA ( 1300 858 472) but keep in mind this is a charged call of $3.50/minute and only payable via credit card. There is also an email address at that advises you’ll receive a response within 10 days. Full details on calling for help can be found here.

Can I cancel my visa application?

If you’ve applied for your visa early or simply don’t want to go ahead with it you can cancel under certain circumstances. Refunds only seem possible if you’ve not attended your biometrics appointment yet. To cancel your visa go to the refund request page on the UKBA website and complete the form. You then wait 14 days to find out if you were successful.

Can I apply outside of Australia?

This seems to be possible but appears to be something new as previous documentation I’d read suggested you couldn’t. By visiting this section of the UKBA website you can select different countries around the world that accept visa processing. From what I can tell it will allow you to apply for a Tier 5 UK Youth Mobility Visa wherever there is a processing center providing you have a valid working visa with at least 6 months validity on it to be in that country.

When does the visa start?

You can pick the start date for your visa yourself during your application online but keep in mind it must be within 3 months of your application date. If you intend to travel around Europe before the start of your visa then you will be applying for your visa closer to the time in which you intended to fly out of Australia or allowing it to start before you get there meaning you miss some of the 2 years it is valid for.

When should the bank statement or letter be dated?

Your bank statement needs to be dated within 30 days of applying for the visa. So if you were to apply for the visa on the 1st of June your bank statement or letter must be dated after the 1st of May. The statement or letter must also show you have the total amount of funds required to meet the application requirements for the youth mobility visa.

The application form asks for my previous passports but I’ve lost it?

If you’ve had a children’s passport or an adult one and can no longer find it just state that on the form. If you have the passports great otherwise noting its lost seems to be perfectly acceptable.

Is this the same as the working holiday visa?

The working holiday visa was renamed to the youth mobility visa. During that change they also adjusted the conditions of the visa allowing you to live and work for the full 2 years of the visa where as before you could only work for 1 year.

What does family name mean?

The application will refer to your mother/fathers family name, this is asking about their maiden name.

Do I need a UK address or itinerary to apply?

Previously you did not need an UK address but on the new application form you are required to give one. You do not however need an itinerary when applying for the youth mobility visa. You will need to give a UK address to the customs officials upon entry into the UK. It is a requirement for all people entering the UK when completing the landing card.

Do I need to buy a return ticket?

There is no need to buy a return ticket when entering the UK on the Tier 5 youth mobility visa. With this visa you are essentially considered a citizen of the UK for the duration of the visa.

Will this visa let me stay in Europe for longer than 3 months?

The visa is only valid within the UK which encompasses England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Island. When travelling to Europe and in particular the countries that form the schengen zone you are only permitted to visit them for a period of 90 days within a 180 day period.

Will this visa let me work in Europe?

You will not be able to work for any company outside of the UK on this visa.

Can I enter the UK before my visa starts?

Yes but you will be entering on a tourist visa and as such are restricted to its limitations such as not being able to work. After your visa start date you should look to leave the country and re-enter on your youth mobility visa.

What if I have a DUI or criminal conviction?

During the application process you will be asked if you have any criminal convictions, this does not included fixed fines such as speeding or parking tickets unless you were required to attend court. If you have had a drink driving conviction or similar it is advised you included all paperwork when sending off your documents.

The visa office does perform criminal record checks so failing to document your record could be a reason for denying you a visa or them deferring your application until you offer more documentation to the entry clearance officer. To save potential problems it is recommended to get a print out of your court documents/extract, police reports and other supporting evidence including proof you’ve paid any fines associated with the incidents.

You are only provided a short time to provide this information if they request it so its better to have it all before you apply to save on missing out.

What is the BRP (biometric residence permit) and how do I get it?

From the 31st of May 2015 the visa office changed the visa permit process and introduced a biometric residence permit you collect once you’ve arrived in the UK. Full details on the BRP can be viewed on the UK website here

The short(ish) version of what this means is you now must enter the UK within 30 days of your noted start date for the visa. This is instead of being issued a sticker in your passport valid for the full 2 years. Now you now get issued a 30 day vignette which allows entry to the UK under your visa for a period of 30 days to collect your BRP card. If you arrive after that initial 30 day period you need to apply for another 30 day vignette (unsure of any fees or process to do this at the current point in time).

Once your visa is granted you’ll be provided with a decision letter stating at which post office and when you can collect your biometric residence permit card from. This is likely to be the closest post office to your noted address you used on the application. Please note the UK website states that you may get a penalty or your leave can be cancelled if you don’t pick up your BRP within 10 days of your arrival in the UK.

If you have queries about your BRP card or misplace documents needed to collect it you can refer to the following site for details

At this point in time I’m yet to speak to anybody who has obtained their visa and collected a BRP card so am unable to verify any of the details above and provide it as reference only. There has been some great discussions in the comments below so if you have been issued a visa under the new process I’d love for you to leave a comment below to help others out that are looking to apply.

UPDATE 06/07/2015

An amazing follower named Mirabai has done some digging on the BRP process and found out what you do if you are unable to claim the permit within the 30 day window and received the following details from the United Kingdom Visas and Immigrations International Enquiry Service.

If the applicant has been granted a 30 day vignette and fails to enter theUK within the 30 day validity period, they must make an application for a replacement 30 day vignette by applying for a Transfer of Conditions, not as a new application for leave to enter. Application can be completed online on Visa4UK and it costs £122 to transfer your visa.

On Visa4UK website at:, you need to select the Visa Type accordingly:

Reason for Visit: Other
Visa Type: Others
Visa Sub Type: Vignette Transfer

Further information regarding biometric residence permit can be found on

So it seems if you don’t enter within that 30 day window your visa can become quite the bit more expensive. A real issue for those of you applying to get in before the age limit or those unable to travel over as planned.

Do you have a question not already answered above? Then leave a comment below and I’ll try and find the answer for you as soon as possible.

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1,934 Responses to Youth Mobility Visa Ultimate Guide

  1. MJ July 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM #

    Thank you for putting in the time and effort to produce this update. I’m planning on heading to the UK on a Youth Mobility Visa in October and this could not come at a better time! The last version was a little confusing but this is really great. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 1, 2013 at 11:44 AM #

      Hi MJ, yes the last version had evolved over time and the high comment count had begun to make it difficult for people to follow. Hopefully this new update lays everything out and makes it all easy to understand. If you have any problems be sure to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to help.

      • DAN November 5, 2013 at 4:17 PM #

        Hi Aussie Nomad
        I had an ancestry visa in my passport which was recently stolen I am having trouble trying to find out how I can get it back. I am travelling through Europe now and plan to go back to the UK, I have tried emailing the UKborder agency with no luck all they seem to do is refer me to a different part of their website which I am having trouble understanding what form I need to fill out. Is there a simple way at all? all I need is another copy of my visa in my new passpot.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM #

          Hi Dan, with thanks to CC who commented further down I think I have an answer for you.

          You will need to contact the UK visa office and apply for the TOC application (Transfer Of Conditions). That’s what CC did as his passport had been stolen with their YMV in it, imaging its the same thing you need as well. The number for the UK office is: 0870 606 7766.

          Hope that helps.

          • CHRISTIAN June 5, 2014 at 10:49 PM #

            Hi Aussie nomad,
            I had my passport stolen in Italy with my yms visa in it. The number listed below for uk visa services is no longer working. I am keen to start looking for work but think recruiters /employers won’t speak with me until they sight my visa. Do you think it would be possible to apply for my visa to be put into my emergency passport that I got from the aus embassy in Rome or do you think they would need a proper passport just I am in the he process of applying for?

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 6, 2014 at 8:27 AM #

              Hi Christian, thanks for letting me know about the phone number. The visa processes have changed a lot in the last little while so keeping everything updated is difficult.

              You won’t be able to get the visa stamp in your temporary passport so I’d wait till you have a new one. To then get the visa stamped into your passport you’d need to contact the UK immigration folks over there to see about getting one issued for you. To contact someone try this website and see how you get on:


          • GREGG March 9, 2015 at 3:26 PM #

            hi there.

            This is URGENT. as are most requests on here.

            i turn 31 in 7 days. and i’ve just seen my Nz passport has expired just last month, i’m now in a juggle between having my new passport number sent to me once it is processed to then complete my Tier 5 application online, to then get a biometrics appointment before i turn 31. In 7 days.

            it is in-fact true that my age is taken into account as of the moment it is stamped at my biometrics appointment and in no way before? like the time i started working/saving my application online?

            is there anyway i can submit my application without a valid passport and generate a biometrics appointment (i live in Melbourne) with the promise i will have my new passport for them in time to bring along?

            how long generally is the biometrics appointment set from the time of completing the application online.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 12, 2015 at 5:08 PM #

              Hi Gregg, apologies for not getting to this sooner for you. You need to have applied and sent off your paperwork (including passport) as far as I know to make it before you birthday and have the visa granted but I don’t know that for sure. The other theory going around is the visa needs to be started before you turn 31. All I can say is if you do get approved for the visa I’d love to know to help others like you.

              Nothing is official until you’ve paid your fee so the date you started your application won’t count I’m afraid, that I do know. The biometric appointments can normally be taken quite soon after but have seen some people had to wait a few days, if you pay for priority I believe you can jump the line.

              • KAREN March 12, 2015 at 9:35 PM #

                Hi Gregg

                Speaking from my experience (and what I have posted on here previously), I think that as long as your biometric appointment is before you turn 31, then it doesn’t matter if you are 31 by the time the Visa actually starts. I had my biometrics appointment close to my 31st birthday and they still let me forward date my Visa by the maximum three months (Biometrics appointment on 12 April, turned 31 on 27 May and Visa start date was 12 July). I am in the UK now so I didn’t have any problems getting in!

                I’m not sure about the passport issue that you have, though. I guess that’s the unknown. But if you’ll definitely have it before your biometric appointment then it might be fine? Not sure.

                • MIKE June 29, 2015 at 7:57 PM #

                  Another data point on whether you can forward date past your 31st birthday. I had my biometrics appointment a week before my 31st birthday and received my youth mobility visa just after I turned 31 with a visa forward dated by 3 months. Thanks to the Aussie nomad for running this site!

                  • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 11, 2015 at 1:38 AM #

                    Hi Mike, thanks for the details on getting the visa so close to your 31st bday. Thats really helpful and seems you just need to have applied for the visa before your birthday to be safe.

                    • AMELIA July 25, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

                      Hi Aussie Nomad – same experience for me. I turn 31 at the start of August and have just received my visa and forward dated it to October 2015. I would recommend you update the item about turning 31 within the body of this page. It completely freaked me out when I read it at first! I would hate for someone else to have that same reaction. Thank you for creating this site – it has proved very useful in planning.

                    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 5, 2015 at 12:30 AM #

                      Hi Amelia, I’ve reworded the text slightly. Up until recently I could not confirm that applying and having your visa start date after your 31st birthday was possible hence the conservative wording.

      • LIV January 23, 2014 at 9:08 AM #

        Hi there,

        I used the youth mobility visa in 2012 and am wondering can I reapply for it in a few years?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM #

          Hi Liv, I’m afraid you can only use the visa once so you can’t reapply.

          • SANDRA June 2, 2014 at 1:49 AM #

            Hello! If you are to get sponsored by a company to continue working post the two years, Are you able to stay in the UK?

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 2, 2014 at 2:20 PM #

              Hi Sandra, if you get sponsored you are able to stay but you will have to return to Australia to apply for the sponsored visa.

              • STEVE June 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM #

                Is there any minimum time between completing a YMV stay and applying for a teir 2 (inter-company) visa?

                Thanks for the great information!

                • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 8, 2014 at 9:21 AM #

                  Hi Steve, I’m afraid I’ve no idea on that one. I’d imagine however you could apply for another visa straight after your YMV visa expires as I don’t know why there would be a waiting period.

      • SHARLA February 18, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

        Thanks so much for all the info, I’ve just moved to london yesterday! but Im having trouble trying to figure out if i need to register with the police or not?

        I have an aussie passport and just have the youth mobility visa, do you know anything about registering with the police? there are no numbers where there are real people who can help you!!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 18, 2014 at 12:54 PM #

          Hi Sharla, I’ve never seen anybody register with the police once abroad so I wouldn’t worry too much. Maybe register with the OZ embassy so they know you are in that part of the world but otherwise you should be all good.

      • MEL March 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM #

        Please Help!

        I’m currently stressing out. I filled out my visa application a month ago and i have my appointment tomorrow. I didn’t have the correct funds in the bank on the date of application but i have the correct amount now for the date of my appointment. Should i cancel and start over again or just explain my mistake when i get to my appointment.


        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 23, 2014 at 1:56 PM #

          Hi Mel, as long as you have proof the funds are in your account and in your name all should be ok. Do you have a bank statement or a letter from the bank stating you have the money?

          • MEL March 23, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

            Thank you so much for the reply.

            Yes i have 1800 pounds in my account right now and a bank statement showing this, all in my name.

            I’m just concerned because i didn’t have 1800 pound in my account on the day i submitted my application online (8th March) but i have the 1800 pound in my account now to show at my interview tomorrow.

            So stressful

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 25, 2014 at 2:49 AM #

              I’m sure they won’t be to worried as you have the money there and I know others have applied without the funds in their account at time of application.

              • MORGAN June 9, 2014 at 3:03 AM #

                Mel did your bank statement get accepted when you went for your biometric appointment? I am in the same boat as you and just want to check.

                • GRACD April 18, 2015 at 1:14 AM #

                  Morgan and Mel,
                  I know this post is old but how did you guys go? Did you get accepted. I did the same thing

      • AD March 27, 2014 at 2:56 AM #

        Hi, I have got my visa stamped & it starts from April this year but I want to delay entry by few months from starting date. Within how many months from start date, I have to enter UK?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 27, 2014 at 7:57 AM #

          Hi AD. Your visa will start on the date stamped on it in your passport no matter when you get to the UK. You can come and go as much as you like during the visa time period so there is no requirement to enter the UK by a certain date. The only thing you’ll miss out on is spending the full 2 years in the UK.

          • SHEZ February 28, 2016 at 4:06 PM #

            Hey there again you guys must be sick of my posts all the time. So I sent the application last week and all seemed good but like an asshole I put my arrival date for the 17 apr when I meant to put it for 30 may so I could spent a bit of time with my fam in brissy before I head off. I didnt wanna cancel the app and re do it cos im turning 31 soon. Ive got the biometric appt in a few days time. Can I stil arrive in the uk on the 30 may or would it have to be earlier cos I know u gotta collect that brp card but im confused whether its within 10 or 30 days

      • CAT May 26, 2014 at 5:45 AM #

        Hi I’m a little worries I buggered my application up – I have done a lot of travelling when younger but genuinely could not remember all the countries and dates travelled so have missed a fair chunk of places visited. Are you aware of this being a major issue?!? Thanks so much for this too – huge help!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 26, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

          Hi Cat, the listing of countries is a new addition to the application process so its hard to say how strict they are. But from what I’ve seen as long as you can list as much as you know all should be fine.

        • ERICA August 6, 2014 at 10:57 AM #

          Hi Cat I can’t believe I finally found someone asking the question I’ve been trying to find an answer for! Can you please tell me how you went with your application? I would need to guess some dates as there are not stamps in my passport for everything…there are entry stamps into countries but not always exit stamps. Please any help much appreciated!

      • JAMES June 16, 2014 at 5:55 AM #

        Hey Aussie nomad I have a question about my visa. Originally I was supposed to fly to the UK on the 18th June 2014 but due to a family member putting my passport through the wash yesterday it seems as though this won’t happen. I have to ask you if you know anything about my current visa still being valid on the new passport I plan to get or will I have to go through a big headache again?? Will they be able to look it up on file? If you could give me any advice I would really appreciate it your blog has helped me a lot so far too thanks

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 17, 2014 at 2:58 PM #

          Hi James, thats terrible luck about your passport. You can get a rush on a new passport but I think I’m a bit late to be telling you that. For the visa I’d carry your washed passport with you as proof of the visa in your passport otherwise you’ll have to get the stamp replaced and that can be difficult and very expensive. See here for details on transferring your stamp So hopefully your old passport stamp is still readable.

      • GEMMA June 24, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

        Hey! Just wondering my boyfriend is on a tier 5 working visa. He is working for a uk company and they want him to work in Holland. Is this possible since he will still be working and getting paid from a UK company? Thanks 🙂

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 25, 2014 at 4:40 PM #

          Hi Gemma, the visa only allows him to work in the UK it doesn’t provide any coverage for outside of the country even if he’s still getting paid by a UK company.

        • ASHLEY July 14, 2014 at 12:28 PM #

          Hey Gemma,
          I’m in the same position that your boyfriend is in. A UK owned company wants me to work at their France based chalet. Did your partner have to get a separate Visa?
          I’m so confused!
          Thanks for any help. 🙂

      • JW August 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM #

        Hi Aussie Nomad – I just wanted to reiterate MJ’s point… This is the best resource I’ve found on the UK Youth Mobility Visa and it’s been a relief and very helpful! Thanks for your careful and thorough overview.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM #

          Thanks JW, appreciate the kind words. It’s hard keeping up with everybodies comments at times but hopefully its helpful to anybody looking to apply.

      • CECILIA December 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM #

        Hi, Just wondering if you need to be 18 to apply or just be turning 18 before your travel date? Thanks

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 27, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

          Hi Cecilia, you do need to be 18 to apply for the visa yes.

      • NINA March 7, 2015 at 10:50 AM #

        I am wondering if it is possible to change the start date of the visa once we’ve applied for it and also its ready to be collected at the application centre. I haven’t used the visa yet nor picked it up. I want to change the start date to a later date, because i now find i cant travel and will lost alot of months off the 2 years. Thank you

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2015 at 12:20 PM #

          Hi Nina, if the visa has been granted and your passport has been sent away then I’m afraid you are unable to change the date. If you are yet to pay the fee and submit your application then you can still change it.

      • SARAH April 25, 2015 at 12:39 AM #

        Hi there, just a quick one about the youth mobility visa are there any restrictions on how many hours or months you can work while in the uk?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 27, 2015 at 4:47 PM #

          Hi Sarah, nope no restrictions. It used to be you could only work for 12 months of the 24 month period but that’s now been removed.

    • SAEED January 7, 2014 at 1:59 AM #

      hi am from canada can you please tell me how to apply where to send the application

    • JESS April 13, 2014 at 1:48 PM #

      I changed my Biometric appointment and it didn’t show on the application which I didn’t noticed then missed my Biometric. Does this mean I have to pay for a new application?
      I just can’t see anywhere to get a new date.

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 13, 2014 at 2:27 PM #

        Hi Jess, I’d login to the online application again and see if you can book another appointment from there. If you are applying from Perth, Brisbane or Canberra you could be charged again but I really don’t know.

        If you can’t re-book from there you’ll need to contact the visa offices on the details I’ve provided above.

    • JAMES September 14, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

      I am flying into paris on 23rd december and a few days later getting a train into london before starting a contiki on the 28th. contiki finishes mid jan which is when i plan on starting to look for work/accom
      Can i put my start date for whence contiki finishes or would i have to put it starting those few days before contiki when i actually head to london for the first time?

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 15, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

        Hi James, your start date can be up to 3 months out from when you apply for the visa so you can put your start date for when you finally head to London to look for work just be sure to apply say mid November so that the timeline matches up for you.

    • COLE March 11, 2015 at 12:50 PM #

      my sister lives in london. could i go visit her and apply in london while i am visiting? i am a canadian citizen but traveling south east asia currently. thanks

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 12, 2015 at 5:22 PM #

        Hi Cole, you have to apply from a country in which you have permission to live and work. You also cannot apply for the visa within the UK I’m afraid.

    • TONY January 9, 2016 at 1:43 PM #


      I was wandering if granted and everything goes well and you have 2 years in the UK, are you able to leave the country for example (come back home to visit australia) then re-enter the UK obviously still during the 2 year visa? Also what is the maximum time you can leave for?



      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 28, 2016 at 10:48 PM #

        Hi Tony, you can come and go as much as you like within the 2 year period.

  2. JEN July 2, 2013 at 3:04 AM #

    Very helpful!

    I’m very worried about this process and was considering signing up with Britbound, a program who helps you with your visa application and sorting out money transfers, opening up a UK bank etc. Do you have any advise about opening up a UK bank account and money transfers?

    Also I note you said that all documentation has to be original….does that count if I download a bank statement online and print it out or must it be mailed by the bank?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 2, 2013 at 10:01 AM #

      Hi Jen, I honestly think you’d be better off saving your money and going through the process yourself. Applying for the visa is extremely easy and I hope with what I’ve written above it now makes the process even easier.

      For the documents, no you can’t simply print something off online. It needs to be an original statement send from the bank. Its to save from people trying to forge their documents and prove they have more money than they really do.

      For the bank account etc I’ve also written content up about moving to london which should answer most of your other questions I hope.

      Hope that helps.

      • ROZ MARTINE May 8, 2014 at 7:18 AM #

        You can print the bank statement off from your computer but you must then take it inot the bank and the bank then
        must stamp with their original bank stamp and initial of the teller

  3. BEK July 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM #

    Good tips. I came to the UK on a tier 5 visa 4 years ago (now on an ancestry visa). I have an Aussie passport but did my application in NZ as i moved there – very fast, easy and i had no problems (so, yes, you can apply outside of Aus, as long as there’s a visa processing centre). Also as i think the volume of people applying is less than in Oz, my biometric appointment could be booked very soon after. All up they told me a wait of 5-12 weeks – i got everything back in 4. Funnily enough my ancestry visa took 5 days to approve!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 3, 2013 at 10:38 AM #

      Hi Bek, thanks for confirming about being able to apply for the visa outside of Australia. For the longest time I always thought you could only apply from OZ but seems I’d had that wrong.

      And so jealous of your ancestry visa, I’m jumping all over the place to avoid visa issues in Europe these days.

      • ILONA January 20, 2014 at 7:25 AM #


        just wanted to clarify a couple points. do I need to attach any documents to my online application. If I put down the 9th of April as the esstimated date of arrival do I have to be in the uk before this date or can I enter after this date?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 20, 2014 at 12:01 PM #

          Hi Ilona, you don’t upload anything when applying but you do need to provide additional documents as mentioned above when you post off the application.

          As for the arrival date you need to arrive on or after that day, if you come in before you’ll need to leave and re-enter to activate your stay on your visa.

          • TASHA January 29, 2014 at 11:50 PM #

            I am looking at getting this visa for a two year trip next year. While I am in the UK I wanted to take a week here and there to go see some of Europe. Am I able to do this or will it affect my visa? I have looked everywhere for this answer and no one seems to be able to answer it. Thanks

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2014 at 2:40 PM #

              Hi Tasha, you are free to come and go from the UK to explore Europe or the rest of the world as much as you like. There are no restrictions on how much you can come and go.

          • STEFANIE February 10, 2015 at 10:28 AM #

            So you need the requested documents such as passport, passport photo, bank statement etc. when you go to the biometrics screening and then you send it off separately after the biometric screening? It’s confusing.

            Also, on a separate note, I am under 31 and can apply for a YMS visa but my partner is over 31 and has already had the YMS visa. Is there any way me being on the YMS visa will help him, even if it’s just allowing him to extend a holiday visa in the UK?

            Any help on this would be fantastic. I know he’ll most probably have to find sponsorship, but I’m feeling less than confident that finding sponsorship will be simple. I think even applying for jobs will be difficult for him if he does’t have a working visa.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM #

              Hi Stephanie, you no longer send off the paperwork yourself unless applying from Adelaide which still functions that way. All other applications require you to bring it all to your biometric appointment and they send it off on your behalf.

              You having the visa will in no way benefit your partner I’m afraid. The best they can do is come over on the tourist visa or get a sponsored job to allow him to stay longer. The sponsor visa all requires you to apply for it in Australia so finding a job when not in the UK is also difficult.

    • JILL October 9, 2013 at 9:41 PM #

      Hey Bek,
      I am in the UK on a youth visa at the moment, my partner is on an ancestry visa – just wondering if your ancestry visa is your own or in fact attached to a partner – I am wanting to link onto his – de facto, which apparently can be done, just have to figure out how.


      • BEK October 19, 2013 at 8:39 PM #

        Hi Jill, apologies, only just saw this. No I’m the only one on my ancestry via. I think, at date of application, you may be able to request a partner on it, but I’m not sure. Definitely a UKBA question, i think.
        Sorry i couldn’t be of more help.

    • JOSH January 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM #

      Hi Bek

      A friend of mine is going to come to the UK on a Tier 5 visa because she has a job to go straight into. But she is entitled to an ancestry visa too… did you apply for yours from inside the UK or outside?

      • BEK January 18, 2014 at 8:18 AM #

        Hi Josh
        No, unfortunately i had to apply for my ancestry via outside of the UK. Odd as i had a job, then had to leave it in order to fly home and apply (when it’s preferable that you have a job to go to!) ! If you’re on your 2nd stint of an ancestry via though (ie after the first 5 year one expires) you can apply from inside UK. Hope this helps! 🙂

    • ATHENA April 16, 2015 at 7:56 AM #

      This blog is brilliant but Bek you answered the 1 question that I couldn’t find information on. I am an Australian citizen in New Zealand about to apply for the YMS with all sorts of doubts if I would have to go back to Oz to apply. THANK GOD I read all the question and answers!

      I was pretty certain that I would be allowed to apply from NZ but was more or less shutting my eyes and hoping for the best lol. Thanks for posting your comment BEK and thanks for the brilliant blog Aussie nomad.

  4. HAILEY July 3, 2013 at 9:40 AM #

    Just wondering when you say 3 months for application, does that mean sending it off, the online application or the biometric appointment?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM #

      Hi Hailey, I asume you mean for applying? in that case its 3 months from applying and paying them the money. Which can all be done online. You then have your biometric appointment and post your application form off.

      • NAT March 9, 2014 at 2:41 AM #

        Hi Aussie Nomad
        As I live in a regional area and have to organise a trip to a capital city for my biometric appointment, I would like to know how long of a wait there could be between applying and getting into an appointment. In other words, how long in advance should I apply and book the appointment? Would a week do, or should I give myself more of a buffer?
        Thank you.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM #

          Hi Nat, when you complete your application online you’ll be asked to book the biometric appointment there and then so you can pick the time (within 28 days of that day) to have your fingerprints taken.

          • NAT March 12, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

            Thank you for that.
            Is it pretty easy to get in? As in, could I apply and book just a couple days prior to wanting to go to the biometric appointment? Or is it better to book a couple of weeks in advance?
            I hope this makes sense.
            Thanks again.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 12, 2014 at 8:54 AM #

              It’s been awhile since I applied but pretty sure you can book dates right up to the following day from what I’ve heard.

              • JO March 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM #

                Hi Nat, not sure if this helps but I applied on Tuesday 25th Feb and the next available date for my biometrics interview was the following Wednesday 5th March.

                Also, in case it helps anyone reading this – you can now have the interview in Adelaide SA if you have paid for your application online.

                • NAT March 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM #

                  That’s a great help, thank you Jo! And thank you Aussie Nomad, I’ll keep both comments in mind. Was your appointment in Adelaide, Jo?

                  • JO March 25, 2014 at 12:27 AM #

                    So sorry Nat! Only just saw your reply! Yes my appointment was in Adelaide, which I was glad for as it only took 2 minutes 🙂

  5. AP July 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM #

    Thanks for the great post. I just posted off my application on Monday 1st July and was wanting to arrive early August. I did ask for my visa to start on the 1st August – will they choose a start date on my visa if they can’t approve and send my passport back in time?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 3, 2013 at 4:49 PM #

      Hi AP, your start date will be on the 1st of August if that’s what you have chosen. Most people get their passport back around the 2 week stage so don’t believe you’d have a problem at all as you still have a month to go.

  6. DAVO July 4, 2013 at 1:10 AM #

    Canberra aslo has a biometric office, it is in the British High Commission, I went there yesterday to do mine!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      Hi Davo thats good to know thanks. Will update the post above to reflect that.

  7. HEATHER July 8, 2013 at 11:41 PM #

    Hi all,

    I’ve been working in the UK for 18 months on a Tier 5 UK Youth Mobility visa, and going back to Australia just for a week.

    Has anyone had any issues at immigration whether at any UK international Airport when they come back?

    Will I get further questions regarding my work considering i’ve got 6 months left on my VISA?, do I have to state how much is in my bank account?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 8, 2013 at 11:46 PM #

      Hi Heather, you won’t have any problems at all since your visa is still valid for a reasonable amount of time still. I was coming and going right up till a month left on my visa and never had any problems. It will be business as normal for you. But damn thats a long flight home for just a week.

  8. D'OH July 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM #

    I put my mother’s current last name, not her maiden name. Is that likely to delay my application? I believe I’ve done everything else correctly!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 12, 2013 at 8:00 PM #

      I don’t think you’ll have any problems with your mothers name mix up. I’ve seen others have made the same mistake and not had any problems. If you are really worried give the visa office a call on the number I mentioned in the post.

  9. ASHLEE July 17, 2013 at 8:59 AM #

    Hi there, thanks for this information. Just wondering if there any issues with actually getting the visa if you have a dui. If the person was to submit all the correct forms then no problems to obtain a visa?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM #

      Ashlee I know of 2-3 others who’ve posted here that have had a DUI and still got their visa, you just need to be sure to provide as much details on the incident as you can when applying. There is of course no guarantee as it will depends on the circumstances and they review it on a case by case basis I believe.

  10. LUCY July 18, 2013 at 6:36 AM #

    hi there, love your blog has been so helpful for me through the whole process
    however, last wednesday i had my appointment and sent off all the documents (im from sydney) and then this morning received an email saying ‘your visa has been despatched etc.’
    when i first saw it i got so excited! however after reading through some blogs, apparently that doesn’t mean that your visa has been accepted?
    i need to know asap to book my flights and accommodation as im going in a few weeks and prices are rising very quickly! i know that ill get it in three days like it said in the email but i really can’t delay the process any longer (i left it very last minute which is my fault)
    anyway i was just wondering if you know if ukba just have the one generic email that they send to everyone (accepted or rejected) or if they have the generic email for accepted, and then another for refused
    i know its a stupid question since it does say ‘your visa has been despatched’ but reading through all these blogs has made me stressed! is it accepted? or do i just have to wait it out until i open the envelop when it returns?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 18, 2013 at 11:24 AM #

      Hi Lucy, as I’d mentioned above the notification process the visa processing hub has is notoriously hopeless. You’ll have your visa for sure, if there were issues they’d have been in touch to discuss.

  11. 1583 July 20, 2013 at 10:47 AM #

    Hi, I’ve just become an Australian citizen this past June and now I’m looking to apply for a tier 5 visa to move to London early next year. Are there any restrictions or minimum amount of time you need to have held an Australian passport/citizenship before applying for a tier 5? thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM #

      I’m afraid that’s a question for the UK visa office. While I doubt there is any such requirement to have been an Australian for a certain amount of time its not something I’ve ever seen so you’ll need to call them.

      • 1583 August 2, 2013 at 4:14 AM #

        Hi called visa office and just in case anyone else is wondering, there is no time requirement for being a citizen. You can apply as long as you have a passport from the eligible country.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 2, 2013 at 12:42 PM #

          Thanks for the update, should be useful for anybody else with the same query

          • ADAM January 15, 2014 at 11:52 AM #

            Hello, i am looking to apply for the tier 5 holiday visa this year.
            I have a question relating to timing that may seem simple or confusing, to you, but id appreciate clarification nonetheless..if you can help
            my deal is as follows
            I can not get to the uk till around june. (due to work commitments)
            My problem is i cannot get time after mid-feb to fly to get my biometric reading done. (as i will be working 6 days a week 12hour days.
            if i apply in the middle of feb, does that mean i have 3 months to get to the uk, is that right.

            what if in my case, i cannot get to the uk till june.
            does my visa simply begin once i have been granted a visa whether or not i am in the uk.
            or do i have exactly 3 months to arrive in the uk, or my passport becomes expired?

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:12 AM #

              Hi Adam, you don’t have to be in the UK by any particular time they just don’t allow you to apply for the visa until you are 3 months away from wanting it to start.

              So you could have it start in March and not arrive till June and all will be fine you just miss out on a couple of months of the 2 years visa period. Hope that explains it a bit more for you.

              • JENNY THOMPSON February 3, 2014 at 6:34 PM #

                Like everyone else, thank you this has been very helpful. Although I THINK you just answered this question I want to be 100% sure! I am Canadian, paid for my tier 5 visa online about 2 weeks ago, and had my biometric appointment a week ago.I was planning to come to the UK at the end of February, work for a couple months, go back home for a couple months and then come back in September for the year. Although I know I can re-enter as long as my Visa is valid for, if I do not end up coming in February (the teaching agency I’ve been talking to has suddenly stopped emailing me), if the first time I enter the UK is in September, but my VISA began in February is this a problem? Or have I just missed out on a couple months of being able to work in the UK?

                • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 4, 2014 at 1:03 AM #

                  Hi Jenny, you just miss out on time to work and be in the UK on your visa. The visa is valid from the start and end date as stamped in your passport. If you don’t use it then the UK don’t care.

              • RACHELE June 19, 2014 at 12:03 AM #

                Hi just wanting to elaborate on Adam’s question… I have just recieved my youth mobility visa…
                At the appointment office the lady told me that I would have to fly into the uk within 3 months from application approval. But I am confused as when I received the visa there was no record of approval date, just the date that my visa is “valid from” which is the 16 july… now I am trying to book my flight at the latest possible date so I can save a little more but I cant tell if Its from the date I actually sent my application in? The date I received an email saying it was being posted out? or is it the date stamped “valid from” on my visa???

                • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 22, 2014 at 12:15 PM #

                  Hi Rachelle, as far as I’m aware there is no requirement to be in the UK within 3 months of your application approval. All that happens if you don’t arrive by the time your visa begins is that you miss out on some of the 2 years you are allowed to be in the UK.

        • 1223 January 23, 2014 at 4:55 AM #

          yes. thank you very much for this! i had the same question.

  12. NATALYA August 5, 2013 at 2:06 AM #

    Hi there – thanks for all this great information! I have a quick question – where you put evidence of travel, does this have to be exact? I couldn’t quite recall all the places I’d been on a cruise (for example, one day stop overs where your passport isn’t necessarily stamped) so put it generally. I’m hoping this will be OK and they have the passport as evidence anyway?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM #

      Hi Natalya, if you have a lot of places I’d recommend just putting down the major stops like you have. I’m sure its just to make sure you’ve not been to any suspect countries recently and nobody I know of has been pulled up for not listing all the countries.

  13. TINA August 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM #

    Hi there Aussie Nomad

    I’m just in the process of filling the application form online. I wondered about the question asking that we specify what overseas travel we have done in the past 10 years – do you have any idea as to how specific we have to be about this?

    I’ve been to Europe a couple of times and am struggling to find the exact dates that I left one country and entered the next, as I was doing a lot of jumping around. Would it be sufficient to simply say “Europe, 13 June – 12 August 2010” for example, or is that not sufficient? Also I’ve done quite a lot of travel over the past 10 years so I don’t think I can fit all the info that I need to in the box provided…do you have any solutions to this?

    Thanks so much.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM #

      Hi Tina, I’d list all the major stops you took and just outline them as best you can within the space available. So with Europe say France – June 2112, Germany – June 2012 etc etc. I really don’t think it needs to be exact, just an estimate of where you’ve been to rule out any potential suspect places.

  14. MADDIE August 7, 2013 at 6:07 AM #

    hello thanks so much for posting this so helpful i used this blog for all of the information i needed on applying for my working visa. Do you know if I am able to use a transaction listing from my bank with a stamp the lady didn’t really seem to know what she was doing when i went in there. Thanks again!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 7, 2013 at 12:23 PM #

      Hi Maddie, for the bank details just need to show you have the required funds in your account and be either a standard bank statement or be something printed on bank letterhead and stamped by them as being printed from the bank. So as long as what you got is identifiable as coming from the bank I’m sure it would be ok.

      • RYAN May 20, 2015 at 1:45 PM #

        Just wondering if a shared bank account is ok for demonstration of funds? Particularly if you both intend to use the same account in your tier 5 applications?


        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 25, 2015 at 2:44 PM #

          Hi Ryan, as long as it has your name on it all should be fine. Just be sure to apply individually and don’t mention the other on the application.

    • TORI September 1, 2013 at 7:32 AM #

      Hi Maddie,

      Just wondering if you were successful in your visa application using the transaction listing? This is what we sent for my partner’s application as we did not have the time to wait for a proper statement. Really hoping it gets approved as we are on a tight schedule (my Aus visa is running out)! Would be good to know if they accepted this as then we will go ahead and book flights. Please put my mind at ease 🙂

      • TORI September 6, 2013 at 4:10 AM #

        For anyone wondering the same thing as i was. The black and white transaction statement print out from the bank is fine. We received the visa today… 15 days total. Super fast… so we are happy! thanks again Aussie Nomad for this guide!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM #

          Hi Tori, was your black and white statement printed from the bank on their letterhead or stamped by them at all?

          • TORI September 6, 2013 at 9:12 AM #

            Yes it was printed by the bank with their logo etc at the top and yes it was stamped. However, I was worried as it said “this is not a statement” at the bottom (i believe it is called a “transaction summary”).

            So anyone who is concerned about not being able to get a letter (our bank told us they couldn’t do it for legal reasons), a stamp will suffice 🙂

            • HANNAH March 27, 2014 at 4:45 AM #

              Hi tori, so glad to read your comment about the transaction history! My appointment is next week and I don’t have time to order a statement, my black and white copy has been stamped and signed by the bank so really hoping it will be enough! Freaking out haha

  15. SIMMY August 8, 2013 at 5:44 AM #

    Hey mate,

    I just got my passport back from processing for the youth mobility visa, being a kiwi and applying in aussie (which was no worries to do). I am wondering though could i travel to greese first to travel through europe without needing a return ticket. Or will i need to get stamped first in the U.K before travelling through europe?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM #

      Hi Simmy congrats on the visa. As for travelling to Greece first you should be fine as that’s what I did. I flew into Paris and spent 2 months exploring Europe before heading to the UK on my youth mobility visa.

  16. SUTHY August 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM #

    Hey, just wondering when you say, can only stay in Europe for 90 days in a 180 day period.
    is that 90 days all over Europe ?
    so say if i was to go france for 90 days could i then move to switzerland for 90 then move on to sweden and so on…


    can i only stay in Europe for 90 days then have to go back to England, for 90 then back to Europe ?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 9, 2013 at 2:36 PM #

      You can only spend a total of 90 days in all of the European countries that make up the Schengen area. So that’s france, germany, italy etc etc. So yes you’d need to bounce back and forth between the UK and Europe. But keep in mind if you are in the UK only as a tourist then they have limits on how long you can stay as well.

      • SUTHY August 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM #

        ok thanks heaps, thats gonna be a bit of bouncing back an forth haha. good reason to vist difference places in england and do a bit of work to travel Europe 🙂

        so how do i go about working in europe is there a visa or anything ?

        also dose the 90 days in europe take off the 180, so 3 months there then only 3 months away before i can go back ?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM #

          You can’t work in Europe without a visa from a specific country. You can work in the Uk if you go on a visa like the youth mobility visa. If you just bounce back and forth just with a tourist visa expect to be stopped and heavily questions by customs in the UK and Europe.

  17. SUTHY August 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM #

    ok. thanks heaps for everything. ill just go with it when i get there !! cheers mate.

  18. LISA August 10, 2013 at 4:00 AM #

    Got my visa and moving to uk next week! But I don’t know what to do about health cover and all that and I can’t find it anywhere
    I’m on Medicare will that cover me? Or do I even require something like that when I’m over there? Just a bit confused!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 11, 2013 at 5:51 PM #

      Hi Lisa, once in the Uk on your visa you are a citizen of the Uk so are entitled to the NHS which is the equivalent of medicare.

      Check out my moving to london post as it covers what to do about seeing a doctor and a whole bunch of other bits and pieces.

      • JOSHUA August 31, 2014 at 11:03 AM #

        Would an Australian on a youth mobility visa also have the benefit of free dental under the NHS? Or would we want to get private extras cover?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 2, 2014 at 4:03 PM #

          Joshua, I know you can see a doctor for free but unsure on the dentist bills as I’ve never known anybody who went to one while on the visa. I’d imagine there could be some extra cost but honestly I don’t know.

  19. TINA August 11, 2013 at 7:41 AM #

    Hi again,

    So, this was a bit stupid of me. I have had my biometrics appointment and am posting all of my docs off tomorrow (August 12th). Crazily enough I found an amazing one-way flight this morning and booked it on a whim…departing August 25th…!

    Do you think I’ll have my passport back in time to actually catch this flight? Or should I perhaps be looking into flight cancellation options…? There seem to be lots of different reports on visa processing time but I’m just looking for a general idea.

    Thanks so much.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM #

      Hi Tina, thats a very short time frame to get your passport back especially since its not even posted yet. The average i’ve seen is 2 weeks to get it back, others have said a week and a few have said longer. You’ll be cutting it pretty close with your timeframe so I’d be looking at options for delaying the flight if you need to and what costs etc go with it.

      Fingers crossed it all works out but definitely plan for the worst case scenario just to cover all your options.

      • TINA August 21, 2013 at 4:21 AM #

        Thanks for your reply! yeah it was a bit ambitious of me in retrospect, I haven’t heard back from the visa office at ALL – not even to say that my docs have been received! so I’ll be pushing my flight back…luckily the change fees aren’t too bad.

  20. MAGGIE August 15, 2013 at 4:08 AM #

    Hey there, thanks for a really useful website.
    I mailed off my completed application on Monday. I’m a bit worried cause I actually started the application process in July but turned 31 early this month. I read the requirements and it advised that they take the day payment was made as the date when my application started. (I paid in early July).
    Do you think this lessens my chances at all of getting a visa? Also, it asked when I was planning to go to the UK. I assumed this meant to begin working so I placed down March 2014. But i’m actually going on vacation there in November. Do they issue the visa from the date I noted down?
    I know you’re not a UK visa official but i’d appreciate your thoughts.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM #

      Hi Maggie, I think you will be fine, they just have to have the payment in before you turn 31 so as long as you meet that criteria all should be good.

      As for the visa start date it actually needs to be within 3 months of applying so you may find your visa will start sooner than March next year. You may get lucky with your date but otherwise I’d expect it to come back with a start date somewhere around October this year.

    • ALICE August 25, 2014 at 5:33 AM #

      Hi Maggie, I was hoping you could let me know if everything went well with your visa application and what day it ended up being dated as? Thank you!

  21. DUSAN August 16, 2013 at 12:05 PM #

    Hey, thanks for the amazing post, really helped simplify the application process – many, many thanks. I just have 1 question though, regarding funds. See, i lodged my online application yesterday, and i need to use the 3500 sitting in my account urgently to pay for sudden expenses. Would my application be denied should i use the funds i have a day after applying? Thanks heaps in advance! 🙂

  22. BEA CONLEY August 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM #

    Do you have any info about getting a tourist visa to return to UK for a couple of weeks after the Tier 5 visa expires? If you have a return ticket to Oz, will they allow this?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

      Hi Bea, you get a tourist visa automatically so no need to apply for it. Just make sure that upon entry into the UK make sure you have your return ticket home with you and printed out so you can show them. The customs folks are right pains so the more proof you have to show you don’t intend to stay in the country the quicker you’ll pass back in.

  23. BEA CONLEY August 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM #

    Thanks for this. Do you have to show that you have money? And apart from your ticket, what other evidence might be good to have? Is it likely that you would be rejected, and if so, what would happen if all your belongings were still in UK?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM #

      Hi Bea no need to show money but maybe have a little bit on you to show you have some and then you just need proof you intend to leave the country within the requirements of the tourist visa (so a printed ticket). They will most likely grill you a little so just be careful of what you say coming back in. Also when you leave the UK maybe try and make it a week or so before you return on the tourist visa.

      This just gives you the chance to say you just wanted to see a couple more things in Europe before collecting all your stuff and saying goodbye to all your friends.

  24. BEA CONLEY August 22, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

    Thanks again! Do you know whether people are iften refused re entry when they return to UK?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM #

      Nobody I know of but plenty of people have either had a very difficult talk with the customs officials (me included) or been pulled aside for an interview that lasted a couple of hours.

  25. BEN August 29, 2013 at 4:15 PM #

    Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks for putting together an amazing post on the intricacies of the Youth Mobility Visa.

    A couple of other points from my experience which I felt were worth sharing.

    I organized the Youth Mobility Vsa prior to leaving Australia, but with the intention of traveling through South East Asia for 6-7 months before arriving in the UK.

    In my application I put my entry date into the UK as 7 months from when I sent off my paperwork to account for the extra travel. I assumed that the processing officer would just automatically backdate my application by 3 months or if I was really lucky 6 months.
    This didn’t work and I ended up having a visa entry date put as the day it was processed in Manila – so in all I effectively lost 3 months of my Visa.

    A word for the warning – If you intend to travel for over three months before arriving in the UK and enacting your visa, make sure you don’t write down a start date which exceed 3 months from when you submit your application for processing.

    Another issue that concerned me was that in the end I spent almost 12 months of my valid visa in South East Asia. As it came time to head to the UK I became increasingly worried that my real ‘intention’ to work in the UK would be questioned by the Immigration officer at the border. I was also concerned they would question how much remaining money I had in my bank (this didn’t bother me as much however because I still had ample funds but I was wondering how I would be able to prove this to the officer stamping my passport).

    Basically I had visions of the officer deciding I wasn’t serious and that they would only offer my a tourist visa at the gate, which would have been complicated by the fact that I didn’t have a return flight to Aus.

    In the end these concerns were unjustified and the Immigration Officer asked me limited questions of my intention to work (which I said Yes to) and which I assume is standard practice. No questions were asked as to my current available funds.

    Lastly, I wanted to raise an Issue I almost had with my Visa when flying from India to the London.

    I was held up at Delhi Airport by my Air Kuwaiti check in worker (not immigration staff) who for the life of him (and his colleagues, including some aeroplane Captains) couldn’t work out how I had a British Visa which stated that it was Issued in Manila when my passport showed I had never been to the Philippines

    I was asked multiple times if I had been to Manila and was thankful I was aware that when I applied for my Visa it would be sent offshore for processing and was able to inform the check in staff of this fact.

    They also raised concerns that the VISA said ‘Employment was restricted’ – I.e. they kept ignoring/not understanding the additional wording which read ‘subject to Youth Mobility Conditions’.
    In the end after about 15 minutes of waiting I was allowed to checkin with no further problems.

    This may have been a one off incident but I thought I would share it with others on this forum incase they encounter the same.

    This hassle reminded me of the importance of paying attention to the Visa application process and relevant rules to allow you to put your case forward why you should be allowed to enter a country.

  26. BEN August 29, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

    Now to my question to you,

    So, having arrived a year after my Visa started and being allowed entry with no fuss I now want to finish the European summer with some more travel before returning to the UK to work over winter – yep I do intend to work it just hasn’t been the right time!.
    I don’t particularly want this travel to be in one block but instead do a month or two cycling from around now after which I will return to the UK and work. Whilst working I would love to do a few trips to the snow during winter and maybe finish my trip by spending the start of summer next year in the Med.

    Early next year I am also hoping to organise a Canadian version of a Youth mobility visa from London so that when my UK Youth mobility visa expires I can exit the UK and fly straight to Canada (or an intermediate country/s with the intention and flights to eventually head to Canada).

    My questions are,

    a) Is there a maximum time frame that someone with a Youth Mobility Visa can exit the UK before the immigration officer decides that you do not fulfill some vague rule of the visa and decides you are no longer allowed to have it. All it states on the Border Control website is that “You can leave and come back to the UK at any time during your stay.”. Has any one had their visa cancelled for being out of the country for too long between visits? Will I be questioned about my intention to work in the UK on my return form visiting other countries in the Schegen Zone?

    b) will the UK border control happily stamp my passport when I exit the UK and re-enter so that I can show other officials that I haven’t remained in the Schengen Zone for too long?

    d) Is the implied Schengen Visa that effectively gets granted to an Australian when entering a Schengen country able to be used for multiple entries and exits from the UK to the zone (given that the person still abides by the rule stating that you can only stay for 90 days out of every 180).

    e) Does the time between receiving two Schengen zone visas have a minimum period of removal form the zone? e.g. If I enter the Schengen zone and stay for under 90 days out of 180 days (but across multiple smaller trips where I return to the UK in-between), once my original 180 day period has been completed does it reset and can I then enter again? Or do I have to be in the UK for full period of time before again entering the zone?

    f) Has anyone successfully applied for the Canadian Working Holiday visa whilst in the UK on the Youth Mobility Visa. Are there any tips and tricks to this? (I know this is a little bit irreverent to the thread but someone might have the same plan as me)

    I think clarifications of the questions I am asking will really help other Australians who intend to work a little in the UK whilst also exploring the rest of Europe during the life of their visa. I am going to also post this message to the UK Border Control email to see if I can get it officially cleared up.

    Any help is appreciated!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

      Hi Ben, I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

      a) You can come and go as much as you like on the youth mobility visa. As long as its still valid the customs folks will let you re-enter without much issue at all.

      b) You’ll get stamps into and out of the schengen zone so those stamps will be used to determine the time you spend in the area. UK only stamp you in on arrival from memory.

      d) You can come and go from the schengen zone as much as you like as long as you abide by the 90 days in 180 rule.

      e) The schengen visa works on a rolling 180 day period. So if you go in and out several times over that 180 day period you just need to be sure that you don’t exceed 90 days over the last180. hope that makes sense.

      f) I’ve not heard of anybody applying for the canadian visa outside of Australia. I do know you need to get a police record check for the canadian version so that could be difficult while out of the country. I’m unsure of the other requirements

      Hope that helps answer your questions and let me know if you have anything else I can try and help with from my knowledge of the whole process.

  27. ASHLEIGH September 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    Thankyou for providing such an easy to understand website on travelling abroad and visa information.
    I’ve read previous comments of DUI incidents and obtaining visas but I’m just wondering if you know anything about how serious the criminal convictions have to be to be denied from obtaining a visa. My partner has criminal activities such as assault and marijuana possession on his record from his younger youth days and is worried he’ll be denied 🙁

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 5, 2013 at 8:28 PM #

      Hi Ashleigh, I’m afraid I don’t know how serious incidents need to be before you would be denied. You’d need to call the UK visa office and find out from them I’m afraid. Otherwise you can chance you application but be sure to provide as much documentation about the convictions as possible. So getting official documentations from police/court about each conviction would be best. Always better to provide more information than not enough.

    • BRYDIE April 6, 2014 at 9:57 AM #

      Hi ashleigh iim wandering how u and your partner got on, we are currently in the same boat, my partners convictions are quite bad, breakinging and enttering, theft of motor vehicle, drunken disorderly, obstructing a police officer, and some of them are a few counts of it, he was 14-15 and afyer the age of 17 he has work3d and never been in trouble again, my concerns are similiar to the ones you had, have u got any insights or advicw u r able to please share with me? Thanks

      • NOELLE March 28, 2015 at 11:29 AM #

        Hi All,

        This forum is the only one I found on the web to help with information on this topic (Criminal Records and the UK Tier 5 Visa) so I thought I’d add my experience.

        I have a pretty serious criminal record, 30 counts of ‘Obtaining Property by Deception’. It’s a 7 year old conviction. I was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment but it was wholly suspended for 12 months i.e. I didn’t have to see the inside of a jail cell unless I reoffended within the next 12 months.

        I applied for the UK Tier 5 Visa and I was upfront and clear about my criminal record in the application (there’s no use in hiding or running away from the truth, it only shows you haven’t learned from your mistake).

        Anyway, my application was APPROVED and I’ve been granted a Visa. I have not been able to wipe the smile off my face ever since.

        I guess there are a number of different variables with everything: nature of the crime, time lapsed, length of sentence. But in my case ‘thank-fully’ I’ve been granted the Visa.

        Hope that helps.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 4, 2015 at 10:19 PM #

          Hi Noelle, thanks for the details on your visa process. I’ve very little info on what crimes they say are no go and what are ok so messages like yours are really really helpful for others in the same situation. Enjoy your time abroad.

        • JOHND April 22, 2015 at 5:39 PM #

          Hi Noelle,

          I’m in a similar boat with some driving charges and a conviction for a high reading on a drink driving offence from last year.

          I was hoping you could shed some light on how you went about answering that question in the online application, did you go into much detail? Did you provide any documentation at the appointment and did they ask you about it in detail?

          Been doing my head in over it and any information would be much appreciated!! I really don’t want to be denied!

          Thank you

  28. SAM September 6, 2013 at 2:25 AM #


    The age prerequisite is only for the time of application, meaning you don’t have to be under 31 when you arrive in the UK with this visa? Is that a correct understanding?

    For eg. 30 when you apply and 31+ when arriving in the UK.

    ‘You will score 10 points if you are:

    under 31 years old when you apply for your visa; and
    at least 18 years old on the date when your visa becomes valid (the first date when you can enter the UK).’


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2013 at 8:58 AM #

      Hi Sam, that is correct you just need to be under 31 at the date of application. You don’t need to be under 31 when you arrive in the uk.

      • DEBBIE October 21, 2014 at 9:30 PM #

        Do you need to be 18 when you enter the UK? Can you apply for the Youth Mobility visa at 17 and 9 months, then enter as a tourist a month before, travel and then start working at 18? If so, do you need to leave the UK and re enter for the working visa to apply. And can a 17 year old be in the UK unaccompanied during that month prior?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM #

          Hi Debbie, you do need to be 18 to apply for the visa yes. Also if you enter the UK before your visa starts you’ll need to leave and reenter the country to be on the visa as entering before means you’ll be on a tourist visa.

  29. ASHLEIGH September 6, 2013 at 9:34 AM #

    Thanks for the quick response 🙂
    One more question…do you think it would be worth seeing an immigration lawyer aswell to see what our options are? Do you think they would possibly know how serious the convictions would be? It’s just such a shame that silly things in your youth can really affect options available to you when you’re older. We have filled out an application as of yet, as we’re afraid we’ll get denied and it will complicate even more options.
    Thanks for your help. Much appreciated 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2013 at 4:52 PM #

      Ashleigh, I’ve no idea to be honest. I think calling the UK visa office would be the best option as they can tell you what might give you problems. If you apply and they have problems they get in touch and give you a set number of days to provide more information to satisfy their questions.

      I doubt an immigration lawyer would be worth the costs to be honest as this is just a working holiday visa and not something more long term.

  30. NATHAN September 6, 2013 at 2:06 PM #

    Thank u sooooo much for this post, I should’ve read this article earlier and I have a few question.
    I just arrived in UK yesterday with no visa, cos I learnt that Aussies can stay here for 6 moths and I’m just visiting my girlfriend. Now I realized that I cannot open a bank account because I’m just a visitor without visa, and I might wanna work at some point if I have a working visa.
    So my question: if I wanna apply for youth mobility visa, can I possibly apply it somewhere in Europe (since I can’t apply in UK)? Cos it’ll be costly to go all back to aus again. But I learnt from ur article that I’ll need to send off my original passport and live without it for at least 4 weeks, will there be a risk to stay in euro without my passport?
    Second question, if I don’t get my youth mobility visa, and I want to stay for another 6 months in UK, can I just go to France and come back for another 6 months stay?
    Third question, I learnt that there are only 35,000 places for Australians to apply for this youth mobility visa, how can I check if there are any places left?

    Thank u very much, ur article has helped me a lot, I need to reschedule all my plans now, haven’t think it through before I came LOL.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2013 at 4:56 PM #

      Hi Nathan, I believe you can apply for it outside of the UK but I’ve never done so myself. I’d be looking up the nearest UK visa office outside of the UK and seeing if they can provide it. I don’t believe you’d have to much trouble being without your passport for that long, you just wouldn’t be able to cross countries etc and would have to stay in the one place as you’d need an address etc to have your passport shipped back too.

      As for the 6 month stay in the UK, you can indeed stay for 6 months but then you need to exit the country for 6 months before you can return so no jumping out and back in again.

      To the number of visas on offer, there is no way to check how many are left but I’ve never heard of them running out.

      • NATHAN September 6, 2013 at 7:09 PM #

        Thank u very much for the reply, solved a lot if my questions. I guess I will need to apply for this visa, I’ll come over and ask u if I have any more questions ^_^

        • ANDREA September 26, 2013 at 10:26 PM #

          Hi Nathan and Aussia Nomad, how did you get on applying for the Tier 5 Youth and Mobility visa from somewhere else in Europe? I’m heading to Europe soon and have left it too late to apply for this visa. I’d rather not delay my trip or get return tickets to apply so I’ve been looking into applying from another country. I’ve been told you can apply for this visa if you have at least 6 months working residency in the country you are applying from. So, in around about kind of way, if I get a working visa from Germany (which can be applied for on arrival), can I then apply for the UK visa from there?? Will I have to proove I’ve been working in Germany for 6 months before I apply?

          • DAVE January 16, 2014 at 9:58 PM #

            Hi Andrea,
            Did you ever figure out the answer to this Question? I have been in Germany 4 months now as a student, and have a German Residence Permit, and a permit to work part time since I am a student here. I would like to go to the UK in a month and work there, but I am unsure if I can apply for this Tier 5 Youth and Mobility visa from Germany yet.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:09 AM #

              Hi Dave, going on my recent knowledge on the problem you can apply for the visa from Germany as long as you have a valid visa that will allow you to stay there for at least another 6 months.

  31. NATHAN September 6, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

    I have a follow up question, if I left UK after 3 months of staying here, do I need to stay out of UK for six months before I come back? This is without any visa.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 6, 2013 at 8:29 PM #

      Hi Nathan, from my understanding of the 6 months stay is that you can be in the UK for a total of 180 days and then need to be out for 180 days. So you can stagger your 180 total however you like as long as you don’t overstay in any 1 year period. Its the same requirement you have for mainland Europe in that you can only spend 90 days in any 180 day period there.

      hope all that makes sense.

      • NATHAN September 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM #

        Great, I get it. Thank u so much for the explanations, I was so confused before I came, I really need to get this youth mobility visa now.

        • ANDREA September 25, 2013 at 2:18 AM #

          Hi Nathan

          How did you get on applying for the UK visa elsewhere in Europe?

  32. KATHERINE September 8, 2013 at 7:12 AM #

    Hi there!! Thank you so much for posting this info on your blog. I have been looking at applying for a Youth Visa, but had so many people tell me different things about the age limit. They all kept saying that I had to enter the UK before I turned 31, but from what i’ve read on other pages, as well as what you’ve written, as long as I apply for it beofre I turn 31 I am fine. So thank you!!! If I had to enter before 31 it would really have thrown a spanner in my planned trip. 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 8, 2013 at 10:20 AM #

      Hi Katherine, yes you can enter after you turn 31 but the visa needs to be applied for before you do. Keep in mind you also need to apply for the visa within 3 months of your intended visa start date so if you leave it to long you will find that you visa will start before you get there. Hope that makes sense.

      • STRAWB November 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM #

        So it doesn’t matter greatly then if you arrive after the start date of your visa? I guess you’re just losing days that you could be working??

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 19, 2013 at 4:48 PM #

          That’s it yes, you are just missing days you could be in the UK working and enjoying the experience.

  33. ANDY September 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM #

    Hi there,

    I have a question regarding traveling outside the UK while on the Tier 5 youth visa. I understand that you are only able to spend 90 days outside the UK in the Schengen zone, but I have spent only about 30 days in Schengen areas and the rest of the time I’ve been in Eastern Europe. If I come back to the UK 5 months after leaving even though I haven’t been in the Schengen area for 90 days will I have trouble getting back in? Basically I flew out of london on June 6 and its just gone past 3 months outside the UK, should I book a flight back ASAP and what happens if you’re outside the UK for longer than 90 days and want to come back in? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 8, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

      Hi Andy, you can spend 90 days in every 180 days inside the schengen zone. If you have the UK Youth Mobility Visa you can come and go from the UK as much as you like regardless of the schengen area because the UK isn’t part of it. Hope that helps.

      • ANDY September 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM #

        Ok, thanks so much for getting back to me.
        I have another question regarding the Schengen area. Basically I have spent a total of 62 days in Schengen countries so far – France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Austria my only other concern is the other countries I have spent time in. Is Romania, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia or Montenegro in the Schengen zone and if I leave the Schengen area and have spent time in those countries does it count towards my 90 days or does it stop until I enter the Schengen again? If you are unsure do you know the number for the specific UK Boarder Agency department to call that can help me with this query?
        Sorry to overload you with questions, thanks so much for your help.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 10, 2013 at 3:34 PM #

          Hi Andi, you’ll need to research the schengen zone, there is a big list over on wikipedia ( You get 90 days in the zone out of every 180 so as long as you don’t go over that all is good. You only use up days while in the schengen area as well, once you leave it stops until you re-enter.

          The UK don’t care about your time in Europe as its a different visa zone, you’ll need to speak with one of the customs people in Europe for any specific questions.

  34. NICOLE September 9, 2013 at 3:50 AM #

    I have a question about the start date. I am applying for the tier 5 visa to work in the UK however I do not know the exact date I will arrive in the UK due to work commitments in Australia. It could be as early as December or as late as April. When I do my application I will choose my start date as December 1st however if I don’t actually arrive until April will the visa still be valid? Is there a cut-off period the passport must be stamped after the start date?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM #

      Hi Nicole your visa will be valid from the start date whether you arrive then or not. Its set by the date in your passport not by your coming and going from the UK.

  35. MADDIE September 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM #

    hello this is probly a dumb question but my visa start date is the 1/10/13 is it ok to catch a plane on the 30/9/13 if it doesnt land in the UK until the 1st do you only show the visa to the UK airport? Thanks alot!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 10, 2013 at 3:37 PM #

      Hi Maddie, as long as you arrive in the UK after your visa starts you’ll be fine. Your passport will need to be shown to the customs officers on landing in the UK and it helps if you point out the page with your visa stamped into it to save on a few questions.

      • TIM December 10, 2013 at 9:32 PM #

        hi further to the above post i haveactually bought my ticket to the uk and land one day before my visa actually starts. i land on the 2/02/14 and my visa actually starts 03/02/2014. will i be allowed into the uk? on the 02/02/14 or would i need to leave and come.back to the uk after the 3/02/14 to activate my visa? if this is the case can i leave the uk at a later date like 08/02/2014?? thanks for your help

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM #

          Hi TIm, you’ll be allowed to enter the UK just fine but you’ll be admitted on a tourist visa and not your youth mobility visa as it hasn’t started yet. To activate it you’d need to leave the country and re-enter at a later date but I’d do it sooner rather than later as you won’t be able to work etc on the tourist visa.

  36. PETER September 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

    Hi Nomad,

    Not sure if you have any information about the end of your tier 5 visa. I have roughly 2 months left on my visa but want/need to stay an extra couple of months til the end of my current tenancy and to do some exploring in the UK before I leave to France. This is obviously a problem as I am overstaying my visa. Is it possible to leave UK and enter on a tourist visa prior to my Tier 5 expiring? What are the ramifications of overstaying 60 days? Would it be a different scenario having overstayed going to Europe rather than back to Oz. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 18, 2013 at 1:06 PM #

      Hi Peter, your best option is to leave the country at the end of your visa and go travel for a week or two. Coming back into the country as you intend to stay on for a bit I’d make sure you have your flight booked for home and have it printed out with you.

      The customs officials will be concerned you intend to stay and keep working after your visa has expired so the more proof you have to say no you are only coming back to say goodbye and leave the better.

      As for overstaying I’d really avoid it. Myself and many others have done what I mentioned above without any real problems and the last thing you want is a mark against your name for when you may want to return.

  37. J September 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM #

    Thanks this website helped me out so much.

    The guidance notes and visa4uk website are so confusing

    It says “You must sign the declaration, which should be sent or handed to the relevant Visa Application Centre or Visa Section, with all supporting documents.” But no where does it say where you are supposed to send it or that you can do it during the biometric appointment. In fact, it doesn’t even talk about the biometric appointment. I assume I just fill all the relevant information online and then once I finish it will outline I have to book a biometric appointment and that I have to bring all original documents? Why isnt the biometric testing mentioned anywhere?

    I was originally thinking I just had to post all my documents to a specific address. Have they ever lost anyone’s passport?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 22, 2013 at 6:16 PM #

      Hi J, I know what you mean about the confusing website. I thought I had to post off my application before going to my biometric appointment as well. It’s for that reason and a lot more I decided to share my experience and hopefully help someone else. It’s been great that so many others have shared their experiences as well so we can all get through the process.

      I’ve never heard of anyone having their passport lost, which is surprising to be honest.

  38. J September 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM #

    Bit confused again.

    You outline

    “It is advised to post your documents off in a platinum express post envelope and to included a second one for posting back to you. Take note of the tracking numbers on the envelopes for your own reference.”

    “At present I do not have the exact address but have been told applications are posted to a GPO Box in Sydney before being forwarded to the processing hub in Manilla. The address will be added here as soon as I have it.”

    So when we include the second envelope for them to post our stuff back are we supposed to buy a domestic or international return envelope? Bit confused, do they send it back to me directly from Manilla? Or does Manilla send it to the Australian address and then they put it in the domestic return package and send back to me? Why is this process so confusing? I need to know before tomorrow as I want to buy my prepaid packages before I go to the biometric assessment centre.

    Thanks again

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 23, 2013 at 7:41 PM #

      Hi J, you should be given an address to post your documents to upon attending your biometric appointment which would be the GPO box. Manilla is the processing center and the visa office deals with it being sent there and returned. You need only be worried with the address you were given in Sydney.

      • JESS January 7, 2014 at 9:09 AM #

        Hi there,

        I have the same question and I’m still a bit confused, could you please clarify:

        So the postage both there (to the PO box) and back (the self addressed envelope), are BOTH domestic courier bags?

        They don’t explain it on the sheet of instructions they give you at the Biometrics appointment!
        They make it sound like it should be domestic postage there, but international postage back…

        Thanks so much for your help!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 7, 2014 at 9:36 AM #

          Hi Jess, its been awhile since I applied but the address you are given is a domestic address so you just post it there and supply the same bag to have it returned from there.

          It used to be the visas were processed in Canberra ( when I applied they were) but now they get sent to Sydney and then shipped off to Manila.

          So in short get yourself an express post bag that you can track for domestic only and all should be good.

  39. J September 23, 2013 at 2:25 PM #

    Is this a typo?

    “When should the bank statement or letter be dated?

    Your bank statement needs to be dated within 30 days of applying for the visa. So if you were to apply for the visa on the 1st of June your bank statement or letter must be dated after the 1st of March. The statement or letter must also show you have the total amount of funds required to meet the application requirements for the youth mobility visa.”

    Should this say you letter must be dated after 1st of May? Isnt 1st of March greater than 30 days from 1st of June? Or am I missing the point? Just want to make sure I dont get the bank to put wrong information down

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 23, 2013 at 7:36 PM #

      J, good pickup that is indeed a typo. It is 30 days within your application date and not 3 months like I’d written.

  40. TAMMY September 24, 2013 at 5:56 AM #

    Thank you so much for this post! You’ve answered a lot of my questions here that I couldn’t get answers to after a lot of fruitless sifting through the UKBA website. I’m really hoping to apply for this soon – perhaps next year sometime – so keen to get over to the UK! Helps too that the majority of my family are Brits and based in London! Planning to apply from Singapore (I am currently working in SG), so am glad to see that I don’t have to go back to Sydney just to apply. Just a question if you have any ideas (so sorry if you have already addressed this somewhere – couldn’t see it pop up) – I saw on the application form that you can state if you’re going to the UK with your partner. Does my husband and I both have to apply for the visa, or is it one application and the other comes as a spouse/ dependant of the visa-holder? If you have any ideas, that would be fab – thanks again for the great blog!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 24, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

      Hi Tammy, glad to of been some help to you as I know what that UKBA site is like.

      In regards to your question… I don’t know to be honest. I’d imagine you’ll both need to apply for the visa as you’d need the visa put into his passport as well for checking in and out of the country otherwise you’d both need to come and go together.

      I’d really suggest calling the UKBA office to check for sure. Their phone number is above in the post. If you do call I’d love to know the answer so I can add it to the post here to helps others.

  41. CHERIE September 25, 2013 at 9:28 AM #

    Hi 🙂 I’m travelling to the USA before I go to the UK. I am sending off all my paperwork tomorrow, but will need my passport ack before the 22/10. Is there anyone I can call/email to ensure I get it back in time?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM #

      Hi Cherie, I’m afraid there isn’t anybody you can call to ensure it gets processed in time I’m afraid. In saying that someone told me last week it took 7 days for their passport to be processed and sent back and the average is 2 weeks so I’d say you should be fine timing wise.

      • CHERIE September 25, 2013 at 9:42 AM #

        Thank you so much, makes me feel a lot better 🙂

  42. NICK September 25, 2013 at 9:48 AM #

    Hi I am currently in the process of applying for a tier 5 mobility visa and I have had 1 conviction of drink driving middle range in january 2011 and was ordered to pay $800 and lost my licence for 3 months this is my only recorded conviction what is the likelihood of being denied because of this if you have any idea that would put my mind at ease thanks 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 25, 2013 at 11:06 AM #

      Hi Nick, I’ve seen a few people now apply for the visa with a drink driving conviction and all had no problems. Just be sure to provide all court documents etc to show the outcome etc when applying and all should be ok.

      • NICK September 25, 2013 at 1:25 PM #

        Thanks for that fingers crossed 🙂 the work you put into this blog makes life so much easier for me as a first time traveller true Aussie spirit I can get some sleep now cheers lol

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM #

          haha no problem at all Nick glad to have been of help. Good luck with the visa and let me know if you run into troubles. Any info you can share helps others.

  43. WILLY September 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM #

    What an awesome site guys!

    I’m desperately after some help at the moment though. I have a Tier 5 UK Youth Mobility Visa and have been working in London and have been heading out of the country to visit Europe for short stints. I went to Oktoberfest and got my Aussie passport stolen. I have obtained an emergency passport from the awesome guys in the consulate in Frankfurt but now what do I do about the Tier 5 UK Youth Mobility Visa which was stuck in my old one?????

    Do I have to get it replaced before they will let me back into the UK? My flight back to London is in 4 days and I have tried calling every UK consulate and uk boarder website but they don’t lead me to anything. Getting pretty worried they will turn me away at the border and worse yet my boss in London will kill me if I’m not back at work on Monday!!

    If anyone can give me a few ideas or shed some light I would be really grateful. Thank you.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM #

      Hi Will, bad news about the passport but hey you made it to Oktoberfest so at least you can drown your sorrows. In regards to the passport, the UK customs folks should have you on file as having a visa and it should be linked to your passport when you enter the country.

      Given you have an emergency passport etc I’d state your case etc and all should be well as they can cross match you in their systems. You can then chase up a new passport back in the UK and see what needs to be done about getting the visa back.

      Your only real option is to call the UK offices and get onto someone who can answer your questions but sounds like its harder than it sounds.

  44. JANICE September 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM #

    Hi Nomad,

    Thanks for the valuable information, best site ive come across and explains everything in thorough detail!

    I just have one question with the funds, it says you need to show you have the available funds at time of application.

    I applied on sept 2nd but did not have the funds in my account until 18th sept. I got a bank statement saying I have the funds and did my biometrics appt today and sent the documents off today.

    Does it matter that the funds were not in my account on the exact date of application?

    Thanks for your help 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM #

      Hi Janice, thanks for the kind words about the site. I do try to keep everything updated and as accurate as possible.

      Someone else had asked this recently but they had the funds in their account a few days after applying. Personally I’d have the funds in there for a minimum of 30 days so it looks like you saved the money and didn’t just borrow it from friends/family to get the visa.

      In saying that though they only ask for proof you have the money, its in your name and was in there within 30 days of your application. I’d imagine you would be ok as you meet all the requirements but its a fine line I think. Do let me know how you get on and if you are accepted as I’d like to add this to the post above if you get through ok.

      • JANICE October 1, 2013 at 5:03 AM #


        Thanks for the information.

        I will definitely let you know the outcome once I find out 🙂

      • JANICE October 3, 2013 at 9:38 AM #

        Hey Aussie Nomad,

        I just wanted to give you an update on my UK Visa …. I got it!! 🙂 So it looks like it didn’t matter that I had the funds after the application date.

        One other issue I had was that I put down the arrival date as 1st Feb 2014 and for some reason I thought they would automatically push it out 3 months from my application date if I put the arrival date longer. I read one of the comments above stating they put the start date as the date the Visa gets processed. I panicked, call the $12 info line and they gave me an email address to write to, to request to have my start date changed.

        So this morning I got an email from them stating the start date has been changed to 2nd Dec 2013 (3 months from my application date) and this afternoon I got the email saying “Your email will be dispatched shortly”.

        The processing time was surprisingly quick too – I sent it off on the 26/09, it was received by GPO address on 27/09 and I received the confirmation email today, 03/10/13.

        Hope the above information has been some what useful to people. If you have any further questions, please let me know 🙂

        Thanks for your blog and all the valuable information Aussie Nomad, you have really made all our lives SO MUCH easier! :)))

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM #

          Hi Janice, thats great news about the visa and the travel funds it will be really helpful to others so I’ll be sure to add your information up into the post for everyone to benefit from.

          Good luck with your time in the UK as well, am sure you’ll enjoy it.

        • JESS February 17, 2015 at 1:23 PM #

          Hi Janie – I hope you will get a notification of this, even though it’s been a while. I got my Tier 5 visa back today and noticed (to my horror) that the start date was 2 days after I arrive in the UK. I don’t know what I was thinking… Anyway – did you end up getting your start date changed? Or do I have to leave the country and come back again?

  45. VENU September 26, 2013 at 3:47 AM #

    Hi Nomad

    Great website! thanks for all this info, made my life easy 🙂 I am concerned about posting my original passport to them. Is this what you did? By the looks of it it cannot be a certified copy. How do I ensure that I will get my passport back?

    Thanks 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD September 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM #

      Hi Venu, Yes you need to post off your original passport. I’ve never heard of anybody having theirs lost and I guess it helps to post it off in the express packages so it can be tracked better.

  46. J October 4, 2013 at 4:20 AM #

    Hi Janice, can you provide me with the email you got in touch with as I want to defer my start date.

    Do you have to resend you passport back to them to have it deferred?

    • JANICE October 4, 2013 at 5:04 AM #

      Hi J,

      I have a feeling you need to send the email before your Visa is processed? I think once it’s processed it’s probably finalised.

      The email address is:

      Hopefully you can change it! 🙂

    • JANICE October 8, 2013 at 3:31 AM #

      Hey J,

      I replied to your msg with the email address but can’t see it here – did you get it? If not, I will resend.

      I’m guessing once the Visa is processed, it’s probably too late?

  47. J October 4, 2013 at 4:22 AM #

    I just received this email on 2 October 2013.

    “Your visa will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 days. Applicants in Australia and New Zealand should allow 3 days before tracking their documents via the local post. UKBA-Manila Visa Hub

    This is an automated message. Please do not respond to this email address as incoming mail is not answered.’

    Am I safe to assume I will receive my passport soon? I want to book a flight to London on 22 October?

    Word of advise to people sending in applications, take a photo of your reply paid return envelope. That way you can track your envelope when they send it back to check if it has been sent and you can get a better idea of where your passport is

    • JANICE October 4, 2013 at 5:05 AM #

      I think it’ll be back next week or the week after at the latest?

      Did you peel off the barcode of the return express envelope so you could track it?

    • TAL April 4, 2014 at 2:48 AM #

      I recieved this same email J. The part that gets me is the “Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 days”. So I have to pick it up from the visa application center?

      But the email doesnt have an address for the Visa application centre and an extensive web search has reveal naught.

      Is the visa application centre just another name for the consulate where I did my biometrics?


      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 4, 2014 at 4:39 AM #

        Hi Tal, if you sent your passport off with a return envelope before the visa office instigated a new change to their system then you should get your passport back in the post. If you handed your passport over at the same time as your biometric appointment then you need to pick it up from there unless you paid to have it posted back to you.

      • MARTIN April 4, 2014 at 4:45 AM #

        Hi Tal, yes that is correct. Unless you opted for courier, you will collect your passport and Visa from the same place which you did your biometrics.

        I was advised to take a print out of the confirmation email and bring along with your biometric and application receipts.

      • MARTIN April 7, 2014 at 2:10 AM #

        Hi Tal, did you receive your passport and visa back yet?

        Could you please share your process timeline with us?


  48. J October 4, 2013 at 3:12 PM #

    No because the annoying ady at the post told me the sender will keep it, dont get why she wouldnt suggest that I write it down.

    Should have taken a snap of the code atleast then I could have tracked it and had a better idea if it has been sent off or not.

    Do you think the visa processing centre keeps the code? On the form it says they dont keep the code. In case it gets lost do you think they will keep it?

    I dont mind calling the line and paying $12 just to double check were the package is

  49. J October 4, 2013 at 3:14 PM #

    the lady at australia post was saying something like i cant peel off my return post code because the sender has to do it. I could have atleast taken a photo of it so I could track it.

    Annoying woman!

    • JANICE October 8, 2013 at 3:34 AM #

      I think you could probably email that address and ask them about it? Unless there is another place you could enquire about the status of Visa/Passport?

  50. STEVE October 8, 2013 at 4:30 AM #

    Wow, thank you so much for all of this information, it is so much more helpful than the actual visa website!

    I have an odd question though. I am hoping to stay in the UK for just under three months next year, but don’t have the funds to do it without working. Does the youth mobility visa allow for such short stays?

    Obviously I would love to stay for longer than that, but I’m studying medicine and once you graduate you basically have to get a job straight away, which gives me a very short window to do anything else.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM #

      Hi Steve, thanks for the kind words about the site. As to your question you can stay as short or as long as you like within the two year period the visa lasts.

  51. JACQUES October 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM #

    Hi, Im Currently in the States. Do you know if I can apply from here? OR need to apply from back home, Australia.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 11, 2013 at 10:48 AM #

      Hi Jacques, I believe you can apply from the US but check with the UK embassy nearest you to be sure.

  52. JILL October 9, 2013 at 9:47 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    This might be a bit beyond what you know, but you seem to have lots of info.
    I am in the UK on my Teir 5 and my partner is here on his ancestry visa. Apparently I could have come to the UK on his visa but we did our own thing, thinking it might be easier. Anyhow, we are now trying to figure out if/how I can latch onto his visa as a defacto partner and thus stay beyond my allowed 2 year period. If you have any information that would be great.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 11, 2013 at 10:49 AM #

      Hi Jill, I’m afraid you are right that one is just beyond my knowledge. I’d suggest calling the UK embassy to find out what is required.

  53. MELANIE October 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks for the tips! I attended my biometric interview today and I am about to post off my documents. Was triple checking that I had everything enclosed and now have a querie about the passport photo…

    The sheet I that I was given at the office today states to enclose the application form (to which I have a passport photo affixed) and also says to enclose a passport photo. So my question is – do I enclose just the application form with the passport photo affixed or the application form with photo affixed, plus another copy of the passport photo?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 11, 2013 at 10:52 AM #

      Hi Melanie, the details on the UKBA site only mentions one photo with your name written on the back of it and from memory I only added one photo to my form. If you are really worried add the second one in there just to be safe but one should suffice.

  54. SAM October 13, 2013 at 12:34 AM #

    Hi Nomad,

    Thanks for the helpful website. Had a question regarding the application timeline. In regards to applying for the visa I understand you can only apply up to 3 months ahead however I plan to be traveling through Europe for 2 months before arriving in the UK which means I will only have 3 or 4 weeks to apply for the visa before I leave. I think this might be a bit fine with timing/stress so was wondering if I could apply earlier. Eg. Apply October for visa start in Jan but won’t be in the UK until Feb?

    Realize this would mean I would have 1less month in the UK but would rather this than deal with possible delays and only have 3 to 4 weeks for the visa process just before I go.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 13, 2013 at 4:08 PM #

      Hi Sam, you can start the visa early yes and just miss out of a month of it. I applied within 4 months of my departure and planned to travel for 2-3 months before getting to the UK so just had my visa start a little earlier. Turns out after 2 months I was ready for a rest so the earlier start worked out in my favour and I didn’t miss any time of my visa period.

      • SAM October 14, 2013 at 4:13 AM #

        Awesome, look like i’ll start the Visa process soon then. Thanks heaps!!

  55. L October 14, 2013 at 2:32 AM #

    Thanks for the helpful website!
    Although I know this question is not as relevant for those applying from Australia, I wanted to know if you had any idea how/where to inquire about the number of allocated sponsorships for the youth mobility scheme, as some countries have a much lower limit (Canada has 5,500 places for 2013).
    I know this question might be a stretch, with 35,000 places for Australia this might not be something you have ever look into, but I thought I would ask regardless.
    Thanks a lot!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 14, 2013 at 10:04 AM #

      Hi L, I don’t believe they publish the number of visas offered anywhere that I’ve ever seen to be honest. Your best option would be to cal the UKBA offices nearest you and inquire that way.

  56. CLARE October 15, 2013 at 6:46 PM #

    I have a question about travel insurance – once you have been living in the UK for a while, is it necessary/wise to keep having valid travel insurance?? eg. I have a 6 month policy that is about to expire, but I have no intention of leaving the UK in the next 2-3 months? It is more for accidents (eg. getting hit by a bus), then insuring my belongings.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM #

      Hi Clare, you will need to check with your insurance provider as many won’t cover you once you stop travelling and start living somewhere so keeping it may be wasting your money.

      In saying that if you are living in the UK on a visa you will be covered by the NHS which should cover you should the worst happen.

  57. SARAH October 17, 2013 at 4:42 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Does it matter that i set my start date 3.5 months from my visa application date instead of 3 months?
    Thank you!!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 17, 2013 at 11:14 AM #

      Hi Sarah, yes it will matter as you can only set the start date within 3 months maximum of your application. I’ve seen in the past people have set the date to be 4 months or similar and the visa processing hub changed the start date to be right away instead.

      if you haven’t sent the forms off I’d adjust it just in case. The visa center should just start it a max of 3 months but it seems they don’t do it in most cases.

      • SARAH October 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM #

        Hi Aussie nomad
        Thank you for your quick response . I haven’t sent the forms off and haven’t done biometrics yet. so should I just adjust the forms with a pen next to the start date?!
        Thanks Sarah

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 17, 2013 at 12:22 PM #

          Hi Sarah, I would just to be safe. Cross out the date that’s there and just write in the new date.

          • SARAH October 19, 2013 at 2:19 AM #

            Thank you! Also legally how many days is 3 months, that the visa center goes off? 90 days?? thank you again!!

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM #

              Hi Sarah, I believe they use 90 days as the value for 3 months so just work on that or maybe shoot for 89 days just to be safe.

  58. HANNAH October 19, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

    Hi Aussie nomad- you should start a business with your handy site! 😉 thanks.

    I have been currently travelling Europe this year, but like others left my visa too late to apply before I left, and now had to return to Aus to apply for it! Annoying but I’m going to a wedding too so not too bad. For those who were wondering, as far as I know you can’t apply from other countries in Europe UNLESS you have a work visa for this country- which for most as far as I know you have to apply from Aus as well! Trust me I have spent many hours/ money googling and calling agencies and the uk boarder security.

    Anyway, my question is Aussie nomad, is that I am wanting to apply for my visa as soon as I return home- like in the first few days by having all online forms completed and done online so I can get it back ASAP.

    Do you think I will have probs submitting it from online from OS or does this not matter. Am I able to book in my appointment online so I am ready to go once I get off the plane?

    Thanks in advance.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 19, 2013 at 5:23 PM #

      haha Hannah I’ve considered a book on the whole process to be honest 🙂

      I fixed that might be the case for applying for the visa a I read the wording again the other week and it seemed to suggest that so thanks for the confirmation. I’ll update the post above to reflect it.

      For the visa I see no reason for you to not be able to fill out the online application and set your biometric appointment before you get home. It would certainly speed up the process for you.

      You book your biometric appointment at the end of filling out the application form online so you can have it ready for when you get home providing a date is free then.

    • BEK October 19, 2013 at 8:56 PM #

      Hi Hannah
      I did the same sort of thing when i applied for my ancestry visa. I was in The UK on youth, but had to go home to apply for ancestry visa. I was worried about how long it would take, as i’d booked my flights to return within 3 months. So, i sent of all electronic docs from the UK, booked my bio metric appointment for the day after i arrived, and then sent it off, right after the biometrics appointment. I then received an e-mail confirmation 5 days later saying it was approved! So quite a bit of stress for nothing, but it’s certainly not clear anywhere whether or not you can do this. Hopefully this helps! Good luck!

  59. HANNAH October 20, 2013 at 9:14 AM #

    Thanks Aussie nomad and Bek! That is a relief as it’s a bit confusing. I’m so glad to hear yours came back quick too Bek, I have a 5 wk turn around which I am hoping will be ok. It is stressful!!

    Yes, Aussie nomad it’s very hard to get it from other parts of Europe- not like us laid back Aussies who let the poms fly to NZ and come back. Ahhh my partner is even on a defacto PR with me in Aus and that had no weight in the UK!

    I think you already answered this but I am unsure about the financial letter- do I just contact my bank for it? Is it easy??


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 20, 2013 at 1:34 PM #

      Hi Hannah, for the financial letter it can either be a bank statement issued within the last 30 days (original not a copy) or a letter from the bank, printed on their letterhead stating you have the required amount of funds.

  60. A October 21, 2013 at 2:16 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad!

    I think I already know the answer to this question but it is worth asking 🙂

    I did not enter the UK on my Youth Mobility Visa until 4 months after its start date. My Visa ends early next year and I was wondering if you knew of any way I could appeal my expiry date and extend my youth mobility visa to leave 24 months after my actual arrival date into the UK which was June 1st.

    thanks in advance!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 21, 2013 at 2:19 PM #

      Hi A, I’m afraid there is no way to appeal the visa dates that I’m aware of. You’ll just need to make the most of your time left I’m afraid. I had almost all of my 2 years there and that still wasn’t enough so you’ll always be left wanting more.

      Best you can do is leave the country and come back in on a tourist visa but be sure to have return tickets booked and so on if you do so they don’t think you are trying to stay and work on illegally.

      • A October 21, 2013 at 2:45 PM #

        Yes I thought just as much. Thanks for your help!

  61. EMILY October 22, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    Hey there, first of all, this website has been a godsend for me applying for a YMS visa; I cannot thank you enough! I’m wondering about going to the UK a week earlier than my visa actually starts. Everything I can see suggests that what you say -arrive as a visitor, then leave and re-enter on your visa- is correct, but any idea how I can verify that? I’m Canadian and the Consulate General in Ottawa and in Toronto are just automated messages with no human being to talk to! How did you get your info!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 22, 2013 at 4:51 PM #

      Hi Emily, you can legally enter the UK before your visa starts on a normal tourist visa but for your YMS visa to take effect you must leave the country and come back in. Thats how all visas function, you sort of get checked in and out via border control.

      Just be prepared to answer questions via the customs officials as to why you are coming early etc as they might think it suspicious.

      • DEBBIE October 21, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

        Just a query re the reverse of this. UK citizens coming to Australia as tourists and then starting work a month later, do they need to leave Australia and then re enter?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 26, 2014 at 8:40 AM #

          Debbie I’m unsure on the reverse and how the Australian Government treats them but I’d imagine they would need to leave and re-enter to have their visa validated.

  62. AMY October 23, 2013 at 6:30 AM #

    Just to add my visa turnaround time: I submitted my online application (and payment) on Thursday 10 Oct and made a biometrics appointment for the morning of the Friday 11th October (I had already prepared all my documents). The biometrics appointment took 5 minutes and I went straight to Australia Post and sent off my passport (all in Sydney).

    I received the confirmation email on Thurs 17 Oct and picked up my passport today on Wed 23rd Oct. That’s just 14 days for the entire visa process!

    This is so efficient and easy compared to getting visas for other countries!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM #

      Hi Amy, Thanks for the update on your visa processing time, will be good info for anybody looking to apply around this time of year.

  63. CC October 24, 2013 at 3:36 PM #


    Found this website very helpful. I was wondering on your experience of stolen passports/working visas. Mine was stolen whilst travelling and have obtained my new passport back in the UK. But trying to research on the process of replacing my working visa as it is still valid until June 2014 in order to continue to work and travel until then. But am getting incredibly lost on whether I can apply for it again as the Tier 5 can only be applied when outside of UK.

    Considering either to:
    1. Cut my losses and head home as I have already done some travel
    2. Continue traveling and re-enter the UK on as a tourist visa for 6 months
    3. Keep researching and apply to re-new my visa for until june next year

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 24, 2013 at 3:49 PM #

      Hi CC, you should find that while the visa is stuck into your passport it will still be registered electronically with the UK customs so you will be free to come and go as you like still on your visa. You’ll just have to explain your passport was stolen and that’s why its no longer in there.

      I’d call the Uk visa office just to be safe but not having it in your passport shouldn’t be a problem.

      • CC October 24, 2013 at 4:35 PM #

        Great thanks for that. It is a relief and I hope that would be the case.

        You wouldnt know the correct contact number any chance? The UK visa website is not the most straight forward and pretty much leads you around in circles which does not help at all. Its quite frustrating really.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 24, 2013 at 6:01 PM #

          I don’t know the one for the UK but you could try the Australia office on the number 1300 858 472 or email to

          • CC October 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM #


            I contacted the number for immigration in UK (0870 606 7766). Just to let you know for future reference for others in this situation. Apparently you need to apply for the TOC application (Transfer Of Conditions). Im hoping that is all I’ll need so need to apply. Fingers crossed.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM #

              CC that’s a great piece of information to have found out. I’ll add it up the top with everything else for future reference if anybody else has their passport stolen.

  64. WILL October 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM #

    So I have applied for my Visa and paid the $330 or whatever it was online and now am trying to log back in, but it states that I haven’t paid, even though I have a confirmation email saying that the payment was approved.
    Is there anything I should do?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 26, 2013 at 10:28 PM #

      Hi Will, if you’ve just gone through the process I’d wait it out till Monday just in case there is a system problem and it hasn’t updated. If it’s still no good by then give the visa office a call, the phone number is 1300 858 472 and they should be able to help you.

  65. VENU October 29, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I have a question regarding visa start dates… I’ve recenty been granted the visa, thanks to all the helpful info on here! however, I was planning to go over in March 14. The visa starts in Jan 14….will there be any problems in me going in March? Or do I have to travel in Jan?

    Thank you!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 29, 2013 at 11:13 PM #

      Hi Venu, you will have no problems arriving after the start date of your visa. The only problem you’ll have to worry about is missing out on 3 months of your visa period. Everything else will be just fine.

  66. JOE November 4, 2013 at 6:45 AM #

    Aussie Nomad,

    A quick question from your blogs, how long does it take to get biometrics appointment in Melbourne? So like from the time you go to book one online, how long do you then have to wait to travel up to Melbourne to then go to your 5 min appointment?

    and if you sent all the documents off on the same day how long does it then take to get them all back? is your passport safe, and does it return with your visa?

    The bank statement thing is still confusing me. for practicaul purposes, IF I apply today, 4th of novermber for examples for a YMB visa, but choose the start date say 2 and half months from today January, 25th, 2014, approx. what dates does the bank statement need to be?
    Between Octover 4th, and Novermber 4th
    After November 4th but before biometrics appointment (which I also ask how long it takes to get them)?


  67. JOE November 4, 2013 at 6:56 AM #

    Also Aussie Nomad,

    on the form, how many points do you write for English in part 1? it does not list that as a section on the online calculator? if I am correct you put

    Nationality (30 points) (Part 2)
    Age (10 points) (Part 3)
    Maintenance (Funds) (10 points) (Part 4)

    So hence 40 for attibutes, and 10 for maintance, but what do you put for English?


    is issuing authority Australian government? or who?


    for part 7 additional information did you give any information to support your application? if so, what did you put? and for anyone else following this, what did you put?



  68. JOE November 4, 2013 at 7:01 AM #

    Last Qestion Nomad,

    I have been reading about UK National Insurance Number for the youth mobility scheme?

    What is this? does this mean us aussies do no need travel insurance as this will cover us? or do we need to apply for this as soon as we get there or does it come with out visa?

    do we need it to work? does it mean doctors appoinments are free?

    Hope you can help with everything clearly for me.

    Great Read.

    Cheers, Joe.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 5, 2013 at 2:05 PM #

      Hi Joe, I’ll try and sum up all your question but let me know if you need anything else.

      1. You book your biometric appointment date after you complete the online application and pay your money. You pick the date so if one is free the following day you can go in then of you want to.

      2. You dont send your paperwork off to the biometric people, you just take it with you to be verified. You post it all off AFTER your biometric appointment.

      3. For the bank statement if you were to apply on the 4th of November the statement must be dated between the 4th of October and the 4th of November. Basically the 30 days prior to you completing the online form and paying your money.

      4. The points for English refer to the VAF9 form which is linked up above. I’m not on a great internet connection to look it up right now but check that form it should tell you.

      5. The UK National Insurance number is like your tax file number. I’ve a post on that linked from my moving to london post in the sidebar of the site. Its separate from travel insurance. You need the number to work and get paid. As for healthcare you will be able to make use of the NHS (again details in my moving to london post linked above). You do get free healthcare like on medicare but be sure to have a form of travel insurance for anything you do outside of the UK.

      Hope that covers off on all your concerns.

  69. RAY November 4, 2013 at 2:03 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    You’re an absolute top bloke, many thanks for the time and effort put into this site selflessly helping others! I am on the Tier 5 YM scheme and know you mentioned that there was no way to appeal the visa dates (I read through all the blog posts!) but I was curious to know whether you had ever come across a scenario where someone had to go back to Aus for an emergency (my father passed and I was away for 4 months at the start of the year)? I just wanted to see if there was any process for exceptional circumstances.

    Any help/advice is much appreciated mate.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 5, 2013 at 1:56 PM #

      Hi Ray, I’ve not heard of any options at all to appeal for exceptional circumstances I’m afraid. Your best option is to call the UK visa office and plead your case and see what they say but I don’t like your chances.

      Sorry to hear about your father as well.

  70. JESSICA November 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM #

    An Australian passport holder can apply for the Youth Mobility Visa outside of Australia as long as it is from a country that the applicant is legally living in. I am an Australian passport holder currently living in France on a Working Holiday Visa. In February of this year I contacted WorldBridge Services to ask whether or not I could apply for a Youth Mobility Visa from France and this was my reply:

    “You may submit an application for a visit visa in any country. Applications for any other entry clearance categories, however, should be submitted in your country of nationality or your country of normal residence.

    Please note: in general terms “country or territory where the applicant is living” refers to the place where a person is present in any capacity other than as a short term visitor and has permission from the relevant authorities to be so.”

    I successfully submitted my application yesterday at WorldBridge Service’s Visa Application Centre in Paris but not before its staff contacted an embassy (I’m not sure whether British or Australian) to confirm my eligibility. If you’re an Australian passport holder living in France on a Working Holiday Visa that is ‘type D’ you are eligible to submit an application for a Youth Mobility Visa from Paris.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 5, 2013 at 4:04 PM #

      Hi Jessica, thanks for the detailed comment. I’ve been meaning to update my details above to match what you’ve said but not had enough time to confirm it was true. Glad to get it confirmed now so it can help others applying for the visa.

  71. KERRIE November 6, 2013 at 12:06 PM #

    Hope you can clarify
    Once you have filled in printed off application how do you go to the next step off biometrics ? I am assuming that is the next step !

    I haven’t come across any info about about how to get biometric appointment please help
    This info is for my son in Sydney

    Best wishes many thanks for HELPING everyone that you do


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 6, 2013 at 1:01 PM #

      Hi Kerrie, when you apply online, after you finish the form it asks about the biometric appointment and you get to pick your date and time etc.

  72. KERRIE November 8, 2013 at 9:29 AM #

    Thanks so much Aussie Nomad

    Just at the early stages of this application your blog is so important to have available . I am sure I will have more questions that will need your help .
    Best wishes Kerrie

  73. KYM November 9, 2013 at 6:51 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad!

    Thanks for posting this up, it’s been extremely helpful! I have a few questions, hopefully you can answer before I make the $12 payment to talk to a consultant.
    I have just applied for the visa and have made the payment and booked a biometric test for early December, (I leave for the UK in March) unfortunately I have a trip planned for early January so will be needing my passport. From reading the comments it looks like it will take 2 weeks before I will receive my visa and passport yet this would be subjected to how busy they are… so could be longer. Was wondering if these biometric testing can be re-scheduled a month or later than previously planned, would the application still be valid then?? Would I lose my money and have to re-apply? Also is that just calling the consulate and re-booking?

    Thank you in advance,

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM #

      Hi Kym, yes normal turn-around for getting your passport back is 2 weeks. I’ve not seen it take longer than that and is often only a week at times. Due to you applying in December there might be some delay but I think if your passport is sent off early december you’ll definitely have it back for january.

      I don’t believe you can change your biometric appointment without calling them and even then believe it needs to be within 4 weeks of applying going on another persons question recently. There is a link above about processing times you might want to look at as well.

  74. SAM November 9, 2013 at 8:37 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    You’re site is so informative and easy to navigate unlike the actual UkBorder site! Thanks for the easy step by step guides in applying for the YMS. Although I have read through all your posts, I just wanted to clarify a few things to be sure before I apply.
    My questions would be, would it be safe to apply online like 5 days before my 31 st birthday as I would like to delay the start of the visa. I turn 31 at the end of December and was not planning on entering the uk with this visa until maybe a year from now. I have to apply now so the visa would be available when it’s time for me to go. I know that I would be giving up the months prior to this date to when the visa is issued, so what would you suggest I put on my planned travel dates? Still the 3 months from application date incase the visa date starts immediately? Should it be a problem entering the Uk with this visa after so many months since it started? Also on the website application it says to have itinerary and residence ready. How do I answer these parts if I haven’t planned on going just yet?
    If you could answer my questions, Thanks in advance!

  75. SAM November 9, 2013 at 8:48 AM #

    Oops…sorry forgot another thing. My passport expires September 2015, before the end of my visa if it gets granted. Would you suggest I still do my online application and pay for it before my 31st bday. Would I need a new passport before i attend the biometric test Or can I send this passport away with my application?

    Thanks again!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 9, 2013 at 11:27 AM #

      Hi Sam, for applying for the visa you just need to be under 31 at the time of application so imagine 5 days before would be ok. I do think however I’d apply a little bit sooner (maybe 2 weeks before) even though I know you are trying to get as much time free for when you do arrive abroad. Just want be sure you can have your application posted off before you turn 31 and then there is no need for them to query it at all.

      As for the visa start date it needs to be within 3 months of your application so just put down 3 months out from when you apply to save off on them potentially starting the visa date straight away which has happened to others before.

      As for the itinerary and residence ready that isn’t required for the youth mobility visa that I am aware of.

      For your passport it needs to be valid for the entire length of the visa period according to the visa requirements as they stick the visa into your passport. so I would look at renewing that first before you apply.

  76. KAZ November 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM #

    Thanks for the great website! Super helpful. I just wanted to ask whether you can travel to the UK before your youth mobility visa start date on a tourist visa? Your page says this is possible but I’ve seen conflicting information online so just wanted to ask your advice and any recent experiences.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 9, 2013 at 11:30 AM #

      Hi Kaz, yes you can enter the UK before your visa starts but for your visa to become valid on its start day you need to leave the country and then re-enter on it. If you stay in the country on the initial tourist visa you are bound by its rules so you can’t work etc.

      Most likely you’ll also get asked a few questions by customs on entering the UK as they would think it strange of you arriving before it starts. many people however fly into the UK and then leave to travel around before coming back to start the visa so you would be fine to explain it away.

  77. HEATHER November 9, 2013 at 9:18 PM #

    Thank you for this!!! I’ve been trying something explaining this visa program for a couple months. Even though I’m from Canada, so I can assume the process might be a bit different, this has made me so much more calm about the whole process.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 9, 2013 at 9:54 PM #

      Hi Heather, I believe the process for Canadians is very similar to what we have to do as Australians so glad to have eased your mind a little.

  78. SAM November 10, 2013 at 9:59 AM #

    Would you able to tell me how much time is given to do the biometric test and to have the application sent away after doing the initial online application?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 10, 2013 at 12:24 PM #

      Hi Sam, I believe from a previous commenter that you have around 4 weeks to book in for your biometric appointment after you lodge your application online.

      • JEN December 16, 2013 at 12:44 PM #

        Hi Chris,

        Thanks for all the great info and comments.

        I think I’ve read on the website that you have 90 days to book your biometric appointment after you apply online – – in section 3 “apply online”. Is this correct? Does anyone else have any experience with this?

        We are planning to head to the UK in April 2014, however my husband turns 31 in the first week of January so we are looking to apply online now. To put a potential spanner in the works, we are going to overseas on 18 Jan 2014 so if we complete the online application, attend the biometric appointment and send of the docs by the end of this week (20 Dec), we may be cutting it a bit fine in terms of getting our passports back by 18 Jan with Christmas/New Year closures.

        Will we be able to apply in the next week and then book a biometric appointment in early Feb when we get back from overseas??


  79. KERRIE November 10, 2013 at 10:44 PM #

    Please help
    How many points question
    40 attributes 10 maintenance and ????? for Englsh
    Been all over the forms . guidance forms / application forms I cannot find the answer going crazy !

  80. SAM November 14, 2013 at 8:07 AM #


    I would like to know if it’s sufficient enough to send in passport and original bank statement or must I also send in a photocopy of them as well?
    May I also ask if you have any suggestions to what I should fill for the section ‘additional information you wish to give in support of your application’?
    I’m not sure as what is appropriate to write down.
    Any information would be appreciated!

    Thanks again!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 14, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

      Hi Sam, you must send original documents no photocopies. As for the additional information that’s entirely up to you but I’d say not many people fill that out.

      • CHELYN December 11, 2013 at 5:48 AM #

        Hey Aussie Nomad,

        Thanks for all the information – it’s great.

        I noticed above you mentioned not to send photocopies however I read on the new site that you must supply original copies and a photocopy for each supporting document. This may be a new thing?

        Also, I must have missed the section where you said to write your mother’s Maiden name. I accidentally wrote my Mother’s current surname.. (the surname on her current valid passport). Do you think this will be ok?

        Thank you!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 11, 2013 at 9:47 PM #

          Hi Chelyn,

          That may be a new requirement with the new website but the link you’ve provided is for a temporary work visa and not the youth mobility visa so there could be some confusion as the documents for both will be different.

          As for the mistake with your mums last night I’m sure you’ll be ok, but if you are really worried you can call them to have it amended.

  81. WDK November 18, 2013 at 2:41 AM #

    Awesome guide man. Just wondering if you’ve heard anyone having problems with spent convictions. Do you think it’d be fine if I have no record except one spent with full documentation etc?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM #

      Hi WDK, for your convictions you just need to provide as much details on what it was for etc as you can at time of application. most people have been fine for minor offences from what I’ve heard but its really up to them and their discretion.

      • WDK November 26, 2013 at 1:50 PM #

        Good to know! That’s cool, I’ve got all my documentation still and a few letters of reference that went with it so should be all good. Thanks for your reply.

      • WDK January 20, 2014 at 12:17 PM #

        Hey mate,
        Thanks again for the awesome site. Spent conviction was no problem in the end, sent in all my court paperwork and it was fine. Got my biometric scan done on january 3rd and posted it off express that day. Got it in the mail today. 17 days from posting it, to Sydney, to Manilla processing then back to me. Crazy good. Thanks for your advice! Arriving in London on March 3rd 🙂

        • WDK January 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM #

          And to add to that for others, the conviction had a few complicated circumstances surrounding it. The charge was for fraud in the end which isn’t looked upon too kindly by countries like USA. It was a spent and there was a police complaint involved along with some dropped charges. Included a quick cover letter explaining that with all of my documentation along with contacts to two police officers I dealt with. So seemed like it was no problem at all in the end. Was a bit worried.

  82. JOHN ROBERTSON November 18, 2013 at 8:36 AM #

    Hey mate.

    I an currently in the tier 5 youth mobility scheme and thought it expires in may when I arrived but apparently it was for January. Does it not stay from when you enter the country rather than when you thought you might enter? I would have lost 5 months if this is the case.
    Cheers for any information.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM #

      Hi John, the visa start and end dates are as per what is printed on the visa in your passport and not from when you first entered the country I’m afraid. So if the start date is from january on the visa in your passport that is the start date not when you arrived in may.

  83. JO KELLY November 22, 2013 at 2:11 AM #

    This is probably one of the most basic questions out there, but I’m applying online, and on the first page it says ‘Date of intended travel’ and I’ve put that in. On the next line it says ‘Location’ . I know this may be a really stupid question, but is it referring to my current location or location of travel (UK)? When I put my home country (NZ), it provides details about applying from NZ for the UK, but when I select UK it doesn’t come up with any suggestions. I’m so confused!!
    The next line says ‘Country of Nationality’ which I’d obviously put NZ so I don’t know what I’m supposed to do and I cannot find an explanation anywhere!!
    I’m so sorry to bother you with such a silly question!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 22, 2013 at 12:29 PM #

      Hi Jo, it looks like the UK visa website has just had another makeover (wish they’d stop changing it) aimed at making it easier to apply but it feels more confusing to me. From what I can decipher your location field will be where you are currently applying from so if you are in OZ then put that and then your nationality as NZ below. Hope that helps.

    • HANNAH December 19, 2013 at 6:56 AM #

      I’ve just completed my application online and I put down UK as location. I found that confusing – I’m hoping this wont matter too much, should I contact someone to amend it?

      I’m applying from Australia and everything else says that this is where I’m living.

      I haven’t been able to take my app any further ie book my biometrics appt or pay as the system wasn’t working today.

      Any suggestions on what to do here?????

  84. CHLOE November 24, 2013 at 7:52 AM #


    Your blog has really help through out the process of applying for my visa. I have received a email saying my passport has been dispatched, this was one week ago. I put an express trackable parcel bag with my application to post my passport back however after 1 week I have still not received my passpost and it I have tracked it online and it has no history, but the envelope that we sent is trackable and has all the correct information. Has anyone else had any issue with this?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 24, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

      Hi Chloe, when I sent off my passport I never had tracking info for when it was sent back to me and I believe it’s been the same for a lot of people who left comments on my site. Given it’s been a week I’d imagine you’ll be getting it back within the next day or so but failing that you can call the post office to get more details on where the parcel might be.

  85. MONIQUE November 25, 2013 at 10:37 PM #

    hey nomad,
    this site is amazing and has answered a lot of questions i had.
    I’m supposed to be going to the UK at the very end of December but haven’t applied for my visa yet :/ and just wondering what is the fastest way and best site or way to apply for it ??
    🙂 thankx

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 25, 2013 at 10:49 PM #

      Hi Monique, you can only apply for the visa through the UKBA website I’ve mentioned above unless you pay someone to fill it out for you. There is no quick other way to get it sooner I’m afraid.

      • MONIQUE November 25, 2013 at 11:39 PM #

        I thought that would be the case 🙂 thank you
        Just another question I’m little nervous about sending away my passport. Dose it usually only take 2 weeks for them to send it back? and do they often get lost in the mail

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 26, 2013 at 12:01 AM #

          I’ve never heard of someone’s passport being lost but its also why they tell you to send it off with a trackable parcel so that it can be tracked if it does go awol.

  86. MATT November 26, 2013 at 6:11 AM #

    Hi Aussie nomad.

    Well done on putting together this great site. Its been most helpful. However Im a bit confused about the whole 90 day europe bit and weather or not i need to first go to the uk before i go to europe? I am planing on flying in to amsterdam to meet some friends and then going on to paris before flying into the uk. my visa will have started in the uk a month before so i realize i will lose this time, but will i be eating into my 90 days in europe as i have not yet entered the uk? will my visa be active or will i need to get tourist visas for both holland and france?

    Thanks so much for all you help.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 26, 2013 at 11:15 AM #

      Hi Matt, thanks for the kind words about the site.

      OK so with regard to the whole visa thing there are two different ones you are talking about there. You have your UK youth mobility visa that I assume you have applied for which grants you the ability to live and work in the UK only (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) for 2 years.

      Then you have the Schengen Visa which covers around 27 european countries and allows you to stay up to 90 days in every 180 day period.

      Both are completely seperate so your UK visa won’t help you explore Euope, just the UK. Your UK visa will start on the date stamped on it and yes you just lose time to be in the UK, it will not have any impact on your time in Europe you still get 90 days in every 180 to be there and travel around.

      Hope that helps a little.

  87. REXYBOY November 27, 2013 at 1:39 PM #

    hey aussie nomad thanks for all the info i have a quick question.
    when it ask for nationalities on my passport it says Australian but i was born in New Zealand but do not own a nz passport should i put nz on the visa or leave it just Australian

  88. REXYBOY November 27, 2013 at 2:30 PM #

    sorry and one more lol, its asking for my contact detail and how long i have lived there but its only allowed me to enter a uk address a little confused lol

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 30, 2013 at 8:53 PM #

      Hey Rexyboy, for nationalities if you only have an Australian passport then put down Australia.

      For the contact details I’m not sure on that one. It should be asking you about your current address in Australia and not the UK as far as I’m aware, maybe check the box’s that you’ve selected the right options and are applying for the right visa to be safe.

  89. JOSIAH November 27, 2013 at 5:40 PM #

    Thanks for the info! It was really helpful when getting my visa. I can confirm that it is possible to get the visa outside your country of residence, as I got mine in the USA and am an Australian. Note that I did require an address in the USA to have my passport returned to me.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 30, 2013 at 8:50 PM #

      Hi Josiah, thats great information as it is a very conflicting topic and I’ve never tried it so have to reply on people commenting to update this post. Appreciate you taking the time.

      • KATE BUCK July 2, 2014 at 6:05 AM #

        Hi thanks for the comment!

        I am going to be travelling for over three months and so can’t apply for my visa before I leave Australia. I’ll be in NYC for a couple of months on a tourist visa so I am hoping to be able to apply then. Any tips for the process?



        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 2, 2014 at 9:52 AM #

          Hi Kate, I’m afraid you can’t apply from the US unless you have a valid working or resident visa for the US.

          • KATE BUCK July 3, 2014 at 6:38 AM #

            Is it possible to apply for your visa to start earlier then you intend to arrive?
            Thanks for your help!

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD July 3, 2014 at 8:24 AM #

              Hi Kate, if you’ve already been granted the visa I do not believe its possible to change it.

  90. HOLLY November 30, 2013 at 5:17 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I’m have my youth mobility visa and will be setting off on an adventure next year (planning to base myself in Scotland) – it starts on April 1. I read somewhere else on this page that if you fly into the UK before your visa starts, you have to leave the UK and reenter on/after the start date, I assume so Immigration can mark down that you’re in the country and allowed to work.

    At the moment I’m hoping to fly over 9 or 10 days before my visa starts. Do you know if, because it’s a relatively short time, I would be able to fly straight into London without having to leave the UK again 10 days later? If I would have to leave, I might use it as an excuse to fly into Dublin instead and spend some time on the Emerald Isle before heading over to the UK 🙂 – that would be alright because I would be in the Republic of Ireland, yes?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 30, 2013 at 8:48 PM #

      Hi Holly, I’m afraid for your visa to be valid you’ll need to leave the country and then re-enter. When you enter before it starts you are entering on a tourist visa and not your actual youth mobility visa.

      Flying into Dublin will be fine just be sure to fly back into the UK from Dublin, entering via Belfast will mean you are already in the UK and is a bit of a grey area for travel because you won’t be stamped into the country.

      • HOLLY December 2, 2013 at 1:52 AM #

        Thanks so much for your help! Great site too, so much helpful info

  91. ZOE November 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Firstly thanks for all the great info – its really the only place that I have read info that is useful!

    My husband and I are departing Australia on 31 March 2014 and will be travelling through the US and then heading to Brazil for the World Cup before landing in the UK on 28 June 2014.
    We then hope to work in the UK for the next 9 or so months until March 2015.

    My questions to you;

    – We are applying for Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visas – this gives us 2 years, yes?
    – We tried to apply for visas during the week but only allowed us to select dates at the end of Feb 2014 – is this far too early for us to begin the application process?
    – If we apply now they will begin our visas within the next three months and therefore we will loose 6-7 months of our visas?
    – Would you recommend we wait until early next year (Jan) to begin the application process? (we would then only loose 4-5 months on our visa during travel time)
    – Is there an acceptable duration of time from when your visas to begin that you are expected to enter the UK without any hassles? (i.e. visas beginning Feb/March 2014, entering UK to begin work late June 2014 – 3-4 month delay)

    I hope you can help!


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD November 30, 2013 at 8:45 PM #

      Hi Zoe,

      – Yes the visa is valid for 2 years and lets you live and work there for that entire time

      – When applying for the visa you need to be looking to start the visa within 3 months of leaving Australia. As you intend to travel beforehand you’ll have to deal with starting it 3 months after you leave and miss out on some of the 2 year validity of it.

      – yes thats correct

      – I’d leave applying for the visa as late as you can so you avoid missing time on it. But it will need to be done before you leave Australia and you should allow a month at minimum to get the whole process completed.

      – Nope you can come and go as much as you like on the visa. If you get there a year late all you’ve done is miss out on a year of the visa. The UK don’t have limits on when you have to use it by etc.

      Hope that helps.

      • ZOE December 1, 2013 at 7:06 AM #

        Cheers Aussie Nomad! Thanks for the help 🙂

  92. HANNAH December 6, 2013 at 8:19 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    This blog has been so helpful I can’t thank you enough! I was planning on paying someone like britbound to do the visa for me but I think now I can do it on my own! I’m heading over in March next yr so will be applying for mine soon 🙂

    Just a couple of questions.
    – I’ve read on other websites that you need to send multiple copies of your application and supporting docs – is this true?
    – before getting an adult passport I had a child’s passport which has obviously now expired. I still have it – do I need to be sending this off with my current passport when applying?
    – do you recommend paying a company to set up a bank account – I’ve heard its a rough process??
    Thanks again!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 7, 2013 at 3:03 AM #

      Hi Hannah, its really really easy to do the visa so don’t waste your money on getting someone to do it for you, you’ll need that money once you get abroad 🙂

      As for your questions:

      – No need to send multiple copies of your forms just the one is fine

      – If you have an old passport yes they do ask that you send it off I believe, otherwise you can just say it was lost and avoid sending it

      – getting a bank account is really easy as well, I’ve a post about getting a bank account and all sorts of other items all linked up in my Moving to London guide. Everything is very easy to get so keep your money and do it all yourself.

  93. DEAN December 9, 2013 at 6:51 PM #

    Hey! 🙂

    I was just going through the application process and noticed that a UK address is a required field.
    “What is the main address and contact details of where you will be staying whilst in the UK?”

    My girlfriend was planning to move out of student accommodation get a a flat/apartment 2-3 weeks before my arrival (We both need to pitch in for funds) so this in theory would have been my main address.
    Is there any way I can really get around this or will we just have to deal with her moving into a new place a month or two before I arrive?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 9, 2013 at 8:39 PM #

      Hi Dean, I don’t remember seeing a UK address as a requirement when I applied or when I checked the new application form a few weeks ago. It would seem strange for them to ask for it as well given you’ve not even arrived in the UK yet. I’d double-check you are filling out the correct form and I’ll be sure to evaluate the application process again to see what is going on.

      • ANNELIESE December 15, 2013 at 9:19 AM #

        Absolutely love your site! I too am applying for the UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa at the moment, and too am being asked for a main address in the UK.
        At the beginning of my application I picked reason as ‘work’ and then ‘Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa’. Is this right?
        I’m finding the whole thing harder than I had hoped. Digging up old passports and finding dates of travel in the past 10 years is a bit much!
        But yes, hopefully you can shed some light on the ‘main address’ issue. Should I just put a UK friend’s address?

  94. JESS December 10, 2013 at 3:52 PM #

    Hi Chris

    Thanks for your brilliant site and patience in answering everyone’s questions.

    I have completed the online form today using the new beta website, and it is quite different to the old VAF9 Form. Biometrics is booked for 13 Dec and I intend to mail it off ASAP as I am arriving in the UK on 20 Jan 2014!

    A few observations:

    Dean is correct, Part 1 Qu 20 requires an address in the UK. I put a friend’s apartment, but I’d suggest putting a hotel or hostel if you don’t have an address.

    For contact no, they prefer a landline as the primary contact and mobile no as the secondary contact.

    For “how you would like to receive your original documents”, the options are “in person”, “by post” and “in person with registered return envelope”. I picked “By post”, but when I printed the form it said “Submission Method – By Post”.

    Part 5 – Points Claimed Qu 61-64, the form does not explicitly state to put the number of points you are claiming but I think that is what they’re asking. I put Nationality – 30, Age – 10, Maintenance (funds) – 10, Total – 50

    Application fee is AUD $370 (£200)

    Useful bit of info re Biometrics:

    “Please ensure you arrive on time and no more than 10 minutes before your allocated appointment time. Please take a seat and wait to be called. Biometric data capture takes only a few minutes. You must bring your Passport, a printout of your On-line Application Form and Appointment Booking Confirmation Notice with you. Your biometrics cannot be captured without these three documents. Please note that staff at the British Consulate CANNOT provide guidance or information on visa matters or processing times. They will stamp your application form to show that biometrics have been taken and you should ensure that only this copy of the application form is sent, along with your passport and supporting documentation to UK Visas and Immigration, GPO Box 2718,Sydney, NSW, 2001. If you have any queries, please look at our website or call our information line on 1902 941 555 (charges apply) or 1300 UKVISA (credit card line).”

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 10, 2013 at 11:11 PM #

      Hi Jess,

      Thanks so much for the updated details on the new form the UKBA have released. I’ve not been through it all as yet so will be sure to now.

      I agree about the address, entering the address of the hostel or hotel you intend to stay at on arrival will be the best address to use. And curse the aussie dollars exchange rate vs the pound, back in July it was $40 cheaper.

    • ANNELIESE December 15, 2013 at 9:23 AM #

      THANKS JESS! You’re a legend!

  95. CHELYN December 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad,

    Another quick question for you 🙂 I know it has been mentioned a couple times above that if you don’t have your first passport because you’ve lost it, it’s fine to put on the form that it’s lost.

    On the new form they ask if my passport is my first, I said no and then they asked for the details of that passport (issue date, expiry date, etc). I left it blank and selected passport is “lost”. I also wrote it in the “additional information” section that my first Aus passport has expired and lost and therefore I’m unable to provide the passport details.

    Do you think this will suffice? I think i’ll cry if my app gets rejected 🙁

    Thanks heaps 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 11, 2013 at 9:49 PM #

      That’s pretty much what I put on my application, I highly doubt that you will be denied just because your passport was lost.

  96. LEAH December 11, 2013 at 10:38 AM #

    Thanks so much for posting this, I’m looking to apply next year and its definitely cleared up some questions.
    I’m looking get a visa to start in August. Would you have any idea if I’ll have issues getting a visa that late in the year because I know there is a limit?
    Thanks in advance

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 11, 2013 at 9:50 PM #

      Hi Leah,

      Good luck with the visa next year. As for missing out due to the limit, well I’ve never heard of anybody missing out from that in all the time I’ve had my blog. People are still applying now (December) and getting a visa so I imagine you’ll be just fine next year.

  97. NANCY December 12, 2013 at 11:17 AM #

    Thanks so much for posting this. Your blog is a life-saver! It was so informative, even more so than the official website itself! I’ve just completed my application online – seems like they’re trialing a new visa application site. The new form allows you to put in an intended travel date that is more than 3 months away. I’ve put in June 2014, but we’ll see whether they readjust the date on my visa.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 12, 2013 at 8:44 PM #

      Hi Nancy, yes the UKBA seem to be beta testing a new application portal which is a big change from the previous setup.

      Would be great to hear from you if the new form allows you to apply more than 3 months out, would be a big help to a lot of people I’m sure.

      • JAIRA December 17, 2013 at 3:52 AM #

        Hi guys,
        Have been following this blog/thread in the last month and have found this to be so helpful. I echo what everyone’s been saying, that this is definitely clearer than the uk4visa website.

        Unfortunately I only found this website a bit later on and rushed my application and went through an agency.

        I did ask whether the new application portal let’s you apply in advance, earlier than the 3 month period and answer is no. They will still give you the date within 3 months of application.

        Hope that helps!

    • JAIRA December 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM #

      Hey Nancy,
      Actually checked this with an agency I went through and they said UKBA will still have your visa start within 3 months of application, not more!

      I do wish I had found this site earlier, before I got too excited and went through an agency (1st contact) and paid a premium to use their service. D’oh!

      Great blog, Aussie Nomad!

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:27 AM #

        Hi Jaira, thanks for the feedback from your experience and yes it’s a shame you didn’t find me first so you could save yourself a few dollars but not to worry.

  98. PAIGE December 14, 2013 at 6:39 PM #

    I’ve applied yesterday. I inputted the address of the hostel I am staying at in London at the beginning of when I hope to arrive. Going to biometrics on Tuesday in Vancouver, Canada. Fingers crossed.

    • PAIGE January 2, 2014 at 9:21 PM #

      I got the email this morning that I got my VISA. I applied March 13 and had my biometrics on 17th. They received my application in New York on the 19th. It took 14 days since receiving my application but actually was less working days and also there was Christmas and New Years in between so I am sure they were closed certain days so despite the 14 days I waited it was quite fast turnaround on their part.

      I can’t thank you enough for this website it was a life saver. So very helpful.

  99. AMANDA December 16, 2013 at 2:01 AM #

    Hello. I understand this may be a really stupid question but I can’t find the answer anywhere and this site has helped me out a lot…

    I applied for my Youth Mobility Visa and got an email saying it will be dispatched shortly, and then recieved my documents and passport in the mail… When do I actually get the VISA? I was expecting it to be sent to me with my passport and documents, is it supposed to be sent separately?

    Thanks and sorry for the dumb question.. I’m a bit anxious!


    • JAIRA December 17, 2013 at 3:53 AM #

      Hi Amanda,
      I’m not 100% certain but it might actually be IN your passport. Have a look 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:29 AM #

      Hi Amanda, as Jaira has said you’ll find your visa pasted into a page of your passport. It takes up a full page so won’t be hard to find in there.

  100. GAYLE December 16, 2013 at 11:52 PM #

    Hi am wondering what you know about student visitor visa to uk my daughter has just sent off her visa application to travel the 6 jan 2014 someone told her she still might be able yo travel there even if she has not received her visa in time but I cant see how this would work can you tell me anything at all
    With thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:31 AM #

      Hi Gayle, I’m afraid I don’t know much about the student visas as I’ve never applied for one. I do know she can travel there as a tourist for up to 6 months without applying for anything.

  101. JAE December 17, 2013 at 12:55 AM #

    Hey, at what stage is the proof of funds document needed?

    Should I get a statement before I apply online or is it for the biometric appointment or when I send all the paperwork?

    Also if I was to apply in the last week of 2013, I’m assuming my application would be done in accordance with 2013 requirements. I will have to have my biometrics in Jan 2014.. Just wondering if anyone else has been in that situation.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:33 AM #

      Hi Jae, you need to send off your proof of funds with your application which will be after your biometric appointment. They say to get it within 30 days of applying though so I’d get it before you apply.

      Your visa will be as per the requirements for when you lodge your application regardless of anything else I believe.

  102. TARA December 17, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

    Hi, I am currently on a uk tier 5 visa and am in the uk. I am thinking of taking a few months out and working in Europe. I have heard there is an attachment you can put on your uk working visa allowing you to work in Europe for a small fee. Is this true and do you have any information on it?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:35 AM #

      Hi Tara, I’ve not heard of any such attachment to your visa to work in Europe as each county has specific work requirements and so on. If you under 30 you can apply for working visas in certain countries but thats it.

      If you do find out anything I’d love to know but in all my research I’ve never heard of this.

  103. TARA December 17, 2013 at 2:27 PM #

    Sorry if this has already been brought up but I am currently in the uk on a tier 5 and am wanting to work in Europe. I have heard there is an attachment you can get on your uk visa which allows you to work in Europe for a small fee on top of your uk visa fee. Is this true and do you have any information about it?

  104. HANNAH December 17, 2013 at 11:18 PM #

    Hi Aussie nomad!

    I’m applying for my visa tomorrow and just have a couple of last minute questions.

    – I understand you send an extra self addressed envelope when sending the app off. Is it ok to use a po box as the return address? I was going to have it sent to my work address because sometimes I have trouble with post going to my residential address.

    – has it definitely been confirmed that you need an address In the uk to put on your application? That seems so silly as they recommend not booking anything before getting your visa …oh well!

    – do you know the timeframe for going to the biometrics appt after completing the application. Was it no later than 4 wks?

    Thanks again for your help 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 18, 2013 at 12:38 AM #

      Hi Hannah,

      For your address I don’t believe it matters where it get sent to, to be honest. A PO box is potentially better than getting it delivered in the street I’d imagine.

      If you apply now then yes you do need a UK address for the application. I’d pick the address of a hostel or hotel and just using that. And I agree about asking for and address when they say not to book anything as well. I’m going to run through the new application soon and update my information as above but ay feedback you can provide from applying yourself would be great.

      The timeframe for the biometrics I believe is 4 weeks yes.

      Hope that helps a little and good luck.

  105. JAE December 19, 2013 at 2:24 AM #

    Thanks for the help,

    Just a question about the visa photo required. On the photo information page it is stated a white background is required. Yet on the photograph guidance form it says grey or cream.

    What has everyone used?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 19, 2013 at 5:49 AM #

      To be honest Jae when I got my photos I never even noticed that. I just asked for passport photos at the local camera shop. I’d imagine its almost always a white background so go with that I think.

  106. JEN December 19, 2013 at 9:06 PM #

    Has anyone printed the application and in the applicant contact details it has put down the UK address phone number instead of your own phone number? I filled out the online form correctly but when I print it, it seems to generate the first page with a place for your photo, but it doesn’t have my phone number in that part of the form. worldbridge said I can write my number down, is it ok to write on the application form?

    Also who has a landline anymore? primary contact on the form says landline, secondary is mobile. No one these days has a landline, or at least a large majority of people don’t. I only have a mobile number.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 23, 2013 at 2:05 AM #

      Hi Jen, I’ve not heard reports of that problem with the form but I do know they have just rolled out a new site so it could be a little buggy. I’d just hand write in your own details to be safe.

      • MICHELLE January 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM #

        I had the same problem! It has the UK’s phone number, but I will hand write mine down next to it.

      • HANNAH January 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM #


        I’ve just seen this comment and just double checked my app online mine has put the uk phone number as my landline number as well. I didn’t realise this when I sent it off last week so never changed it.

        It has my mobile number further down but I’m hoping this won’t be a problem, I don’t have a landline so couldn’t add one in. I’m probably just overreacting I’m sure.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 8, 2014 at 12:10 PM #

          To be honest Hannah given its doing this to everyone I’m sure the visa folks are well aware of it. I wouldn’t worry.

  107. ALEC December 23, 2013 at 10:15 AM #

    Thanks a heap for collating this information!

    I was just wondering if anyone knows of a way to get express processing of their visa application? I have a cousin who just realised that she overlooked getting one and she is due to leave for the UK to start a job in a week!

    Based on the info above it seems she can go over there on an ordinary tourist before her mobility visa is accepted – correct?? How long is the waiting period to get a biometric test in Australia and are they open before next Monday? Or would a more likely solution be to get the application processed in country close to the UK, which also seems to be possible from the info above?

    Thanks in advance!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 23, 2013 at 11:49 AM #

      Hi Alec, as far as I’m aware there is no fast processing available but you can call the UKBA office to be sure. With a week turn around I’m afraid your cousin is going to be out of luck especially at this time of the year as I’d imagine the visa processing times are slower now.

      You also can’t go to the UK and work on a tourist visa and wait for the visa to be granted as you have to send your passport away to have the visa stamped in it (which is done in Manilla not Australia), and you can’t work on a tourist visa. You also can’t apply for it when you are out of Australia unless you have a valid visa for the country you are in.

      The only options are to apply and hope it goes through in time but more realistically, delay starting the job by a couple of weeks.

      Sorry for the bad news.

  108. REHAN December 27, 2013 at 8:43 AM #

    Great writeup. Thanks!

    I have a quick question that I am having trouble finding an answer to. You mention that the Visa starts (at the latest) within 3 months of the application date. Does this mean that I can enter the UK after this 3 month period, shortening my Visa length, or is the Visa rendered invalid if I do not enter within 3 months of the application date? Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 29, 2013 at 6:46 AM #

      Hi Rehan, you need to apply for your visa within 3 months of your intended arrival in the UK. During the application process you set the start date of the visa of which you can then enter the UK and be able to live and work there. Entering before that date will mean you enter on a tourist visa and will be subject to its requirements until you leave and re-enter.

      As for the visa getting rendered invalid that will not be the case. The visa starts from the day you tell it do and runs for 2 years no matter if you use it or not.

      • BRADY January 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM #

        The one thing I don’t understand is that you’re made to apply within 3months of when you’re expected to be in England, yet according to their govt website it can take up to 3months to receive your visa, so what if your visa shows up after you’re expected to show up and you’re already over there?
        eg. I’m planning on arriving on the 10th of April, I want to apply now (January 2) but that isn’t within 3 months, so do I have to wait until the 10th of January before I can get the process going?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 2, 2014 at 6:39 AM #

          Hi Brady, I’m not sure where you were looking for visa processing times but last I saw 90% of visas are processed within 2 weeks and it would only be people with criminal convictions that might take up to 3 months due to having to provide aditional information.

          Your visa will never show up after you have arrived as you must send your passport away to have it stamped into it so you won’t be able to leave the country.

          From previous experience I’d wait until the 10th of January to apply otherwise they may date your visa start date earlier than you would like as it can only be pre-dated 3 months in advance.

          • BRADY January 2, 2014 at 6:51 AM #

            Oh, clearly I was looking at the worst case scenario rather than the general standard then, 2 weeks makes a lot more sense.
            I think that the whole “biometric fingerprint” thing is a little over the top though.
            Also in regards to the allocation of amount of visas Australia is given, does the country ever use them all up? And when does that number restart?
            Thanks for the info.

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 2, 2014 at 6:57 AM #

              Yes I’m yet to see someone take longer than 2-3 weeks for a visa so you shouldn’t worry there.

              For the biometric fingerprint customs actually use that when you enter the country, I had to have my finger scanned a whole bunch of times so believe its just to integrate into their systems over there.

              I’ve never heard of there not being enough visas for people as I know some who just got theirs in December. As you are applying at the start of the year I’d say you would be very safe.

  109. BRONWYNN December 29, 2013 at 5:53 AM #

    this is all good info, can you tell me something though, on the form you need to put the details of your mother & father, I know my fathers birthdate and that he was born in Sydney but not where, as we have no contact I don’t know what to do here, just put Sydney?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 29, 2013 at 6:48 AM #

      Hi Bronwynn, I would just enter Sydney and don’t imagine you will have problems with that.

    • ERIKA February 11, 2014 at 3:49 AM #

      Hi Bronwyn,

      I am also in a similar situation where I am not sure what my Father’s place of birth is as per his passport; I only know the country that he was born in.
      If you don’t mind, can you please share what you ended up putting in the application and whether your application was approved?


  110. LEE December 29, 2013 at 11:30 PM #

    Hey there Aussie Nomad! Thanks for this guide, you’re a star!

    This might be out of your knowledge, but my question is

    My signature has changed since I signed my passport, and I’m wondering 1. Will it be an issue if I sign my application form with my new signature or should I do my old one? 2. Dating those forms, should it be the date I applied online? Or the date I send off the documents in the mail?

    Thanks again for your help!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 30, 2013 at 12:02 AM #

      Hi Lee, for the signature for the sake of saving any potential problems I’d just sign it like on your passport. I really doubt it would be a problem but to be on the safe side it seems best.

      For dating the forms it will depend on what form you are talking about but I’d normally date them the day you sign it rather than back-dating to when you applied online.

  111. EM December 30, 2013 at 7:49 AM #

    Hi I just applied for my working visa.i answered no to the question about criminal offences,although I have had speeding fines in the you think I would still be approved even though I answered no?i am worried but I thought criminal activities only related to being arrested.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD December 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM #

      Hi Em, the way I see the criminal offences field is if you went to court or were convicted of something like drink driving then add it in. If you just received a speeding fine which is normally an on the spot fine you are ok.

  112. JAE January 2, 2014 at 10:06 AM #

    Back again! All applied and have sent in my application on the 23rd of December but because of the holidays I am still yet to hear anything back about it. Hopefully will next week.

  113. JAIRA January 3, 2014 at 8:04 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad & other readers,

    I’ve just submitted my Youth Mobility Scheme application and I’m wondering – does anyone know if the embassy or the British High Commission contacts your bank to confirm the funds?

    Reason I ask is because I’ve since withdrawn and converted those funds from my bank to both Euros & Pounds due to the depleting AUD. Hence, the funds shown in my bank statement are no longer the same as what I had a couple of weeks ago. These funds are now in my Multi Currency cash passport (Aus Post).

    Is this going to be an issue?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  114. BRAD January 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM #

    Hi, regarding account funds-

    “must be dated no earlier than 1 month before you apply for the visa.”

    I’ve read mixed things on this; what I want to know is whether this means I have to get a bank statement saying I have enough funds at that time and then wait 1 month before I can apply, OR whether the statement cannot be over 1 month old at the time of applying.


    • BRAD January 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

      Sorry I reread some posts and it seems like you need the funds WITHIN 30 days.
      Still, the official UK border site words it as if they want a bank statement from AT LEAST 30 days before you apply.
      Thanks anyway

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 5, 2014 at 7:22 AM #

        Hi Brad, its difficult to work out the wording at times and it seems to change so often its hard to keep up with it all. My understand is you need to get a statment or letter from the bank that is dated within 30 days of when you apply. So if you were to apply today (5th of jan) you’d need the statement from the bank to be within the last 30 days to be valid.

        Hope that helps clear it up a bit for you.

        • JAIRA January 6, 2014 at 12:18 AM #

          Hey aussie nomad!
          I posted a question the other day – could you (or anyone!) assist by any chance?

          I’ve just submitted my Youth Mobility Scheme application and I’m wondering – does anyone know if the embassy or the British High Commission contacts your bank to confirm the funds?

          Reason I ask is because I’ve since withdrawn and converted those funds from my bank to both Euros & Pounds due to the depleting AUD. Hence, the funds shown in my bank statement are no longer the same as what I had a couple of weeks ago. These funds are now in my Multi Currency cash passport (Aus Post).

          Is this going to be an issue?

          Thanks in advance for your help!

          • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 6, 2014 at 12:28 AM #

            Hi Jaira, sorry for missing your comment the other day, sometimes it gets a bit confusing who has commented where.

            As far as I’m aware the UKBA have no authority to check your bank account to see if you have the money still in there. The only proof they have is the letter/statement you send off with your application. I’m sure you’ll be just fine.

            • JAIRA January 7, 2014 at 4:24 AM #

              Thank you! Have peace of mind now.
              Visa stress now averted. 🙂

  115. PIP January 6, 2014 at 5:54 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    Your website is awesome! Thanks! I had a question about the 3 month period between paying and arriving. I am looking to arrive in London start of October 2014. I will be travelling Europe for all of July, August and September. When would you advise that I start applying for my visa in Australia? Also I’ve been doing a lot of research but I thought you might have a better idea on my other question. I will be working as a supply teacher and probably living in somewhere like SW London in shared accommodation. I am going with my boyfriend but he is too old to apply for the youth mobility visa and will be studying externally. We will have some savings to live off but are hoping to survive with just my pay. We will only be living there for about 4 months and won’t be looking to save, just experience London on a budget. Are we crazy? We’ve done 3 years in Canada where money was terrible so we are used to living on a budget but I would like to think we can actually afford to eat and drink out every now and then! Any advice would be awesome! Thanks!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 6, 2014 at 6:07 AM #

      Hi Pip, thanks for the kind words about the site, its just what I need to start the new year off with.

      As for applying for your visa you’ll want to give yourself a month minimum to apply and get the visa back (most takes 2 weeks from send off to get back and you’ll need a week or so to schedule in your biometric appointment). What all that means is that you’ll need to start your visa before you intend to arrive at the start of October in the UK.

      If you are flying out for Europe for the start of July I’d look to apply mid April to be sure you don’t stress to much about your visa not coming in time. This means you’ll need to set a start date for your visa for mid July, a couple of months before you get to the UK. As you don’t intend to stay for the full 2 years it seems that shouldn’t be a problem to miss out on a couple of months visa time.

      In terms of budget etc I’ve no idea what sort of money you’ll be making as a supply teacher but can tell you that I was paying 750 pounds a month for rent and bills in a share house in Fulham. You can get cheaper but as there will be the two of you looking to rent the cost might be a bit higher. Just a matter of hunting around on gumtree I think there.

      The thing about London however is that while accommodation and transport are expensive food is not. You’ll be able to go out and eat at pubs and other places very cheaply, just don’t get a take-away pizza they are stupidly expensive (20 pounds or so).

      Hope that helps you out a bit.

      • PIP January 6, 2014 at 6:42 AM #

        Thanks for your quick reply and for the advice on accommodation! I think supply teachers make about 120 a day (from what I’ve found on the internet but if anyone reads this and knows for sure I’d love to know) so that should be doable taking into account we’ll be paying a little extra as couple. I’ll start looking to apply for my visa in April. And we won’t be getting takeaway pizza ; ) Thanks again!

  116. MICHELLE January 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad!

    Thanks for your website, great tips.

    I am just applying for my youth mobility scheme today and am wondering about this UK address and phone number that is required information. Would it be possible I use the UK hostel address (first accommodation when I arrive) and phone number do you think? Slightly confused.

    Thanks so much, Michelle.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 6, 2014 at 11:45 PM #

      Hi Michelle, yes I’d just use the address and phone number of the first place you intend to stay when in the UK. It seems stupid for them to ask for those details given you aren’t there yet so I’m not sure if its a bug in the site or what.

      • MICHELLE January 7, 2014 at 1:42 AM #

        Thanks very much mate! I ended up using my friend’s place and contact number. Have booked my biometrics appointment after 2 different bank branches couldn’t help me/didn’t get the letter right, lucky the third one worked!

        Thanks so much again for all your help, it really is much appreciated!

        • MICHELLE January 9, 2014 at 3:57 AM #

          Hi Nomad, just had the biometric appointment, but thought I should tell you that they require a copy of the ID page of your passport as well as all the other documents (for the sending off to the office, not to the appointment). Thanks so much for allaying any fears about the appointment, fingers crossed I get the VISA, have sent off all paperwork today!

  117. NICOLE January 6, 2014 at 11:36 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Great work on this site and I am amazing by your commitment to responding to everyone’s questions! Awesome!

    I have a question regarding the application process, I am using the beta system and it seems to be a bit buggy. I have filled in my application following all the tips on your site, done! I am now at the point where I have to click ‘Book Appointment’ and BAM ERROR! It says “An error occurred while processing your request, this could have been caused by your session timing out. If you have been logged out, please login again.”…. I can’t get any further and am stressing out! I have logged in and out numerous times and tried different web browsers but still no luck.

    I am at the point of calling that 1300 number and forking out to ask them, however I thought I would check with you first and see if you had any ideas??

    Appreciate your help!


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 6, 2014 at 11:43 PM #

      Hi Nicole, I know what it was like trying to find out information myself when I applied so happy to give back a bit and ensure everybody else gets a bit of a helping hand.

      I know of one other person who has had problems with the beta site and they called the UKBA office. They were advised to wait 7 days for their application to expire and then to start again… Not the best news but its an option. If you are not in a rush to apply that is going to be the easiest answer.

      If on the other hand you need to submit it quickly I’d try another web browser or computer in case there is a problem with their system and your computer. It’s a long shot but I’ve worked in IT long enough to know the simple solutions are often the best ones.

      • NICOLE January 7, 2014 at 12:06 AM #

        Thank you for the info!!!

        I did try doing another application and had the same result, however that may be because the other one was still active (I can’t recall if I waited 7 days).

        I feel rushed as I leave on the 23 March, however I have read on this site that turn-around times are around 2 weeks so perhaps I’m worrying for no reason…

        I might try registering another account and trying another browser+computer as you have suggested – fingers crossed.

        Thanks again,


        • NICOLE January 7, 2014 at 12:46 AM #

          Further update to the issue with the website error – registering another account and re-applying worked!! The only real change was that I registered using a different email to make sure they didn’t wonder why I was registering twice…

          Finally submitted my application and booked in for the biometric assessment yay!

          Thanks so much Aussie Nomad for the info! Keep up the good work.


  118. KATIE January 8, 2014 at 3:02 AM #

    Hi there!

    I found your website so helpful! I was just wondering if you know how likely it would be to get a work visa for the UK if you do have a DUI. I have just been charged with a DUI, I have paid the fine and will be loosing my license for three months. If I provide all the proper paper work, do you think there is still a good chance I could be rejected?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 8, 2014 at 3:26 AM #

      Hi Katie, I know of at least 2 people who’ve commented here that had a DUI and still got the visa but have not heard of anybody being rejected for it or well anything to be honest.

      I think as long as you provide all the police paperwork etc during your application there is a fair chance you’ll be just fine. While a DUI isn’t great there are far worse things you can do that they would deny you for in my opinion.

  119. B January 8, 2014 at 10:53 PM #

    Hi Nomad,

    Thank you for the handy site. A question, I don’t have my old passport details (from when I was a kid and did travel briefly through UK). Does this matter?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 8, 2014 at 10:56 PM #

      Hi B, if you don’t have it just write down that it was lost, its what I did when applying and had no problems.

  120. SANDRA January 9, 2014 at 5:24 AM #

    I am in UK on youth mobility visa and hold a NZ passport. Once I finish two years on the YM visa do I have to exit right away or I come on being a tourist visa automatically?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 9, 2014 at 11:16 AM #

      Hi Sandra, once your visa comes up to it’s expirey date you need to leave before it passes. You can then re-enter on a tourist visa but be prepared for the customs officers asking you why you are returning etc. I’d be sure to have proof you will leave the UK as well.

      In my experience being prepared will save you a lot of potential hassle as I’ve been almost denied entry since.

  121. DANA January 9, 2014 at 12:07 PM #


    Love all the info you’ve given out but there’s one question that I have for applying for my visa. As I’m wanting to leave asap after my 18th birthday for the UK on a T5YMS I need to apply for a new adult passport as my child’s one doesn’t have enough validity left on it for flights (Expires June want to leave early March). I’m just wondering if at all I can send my child passport away which is still valid at the moment and get the visa in that passport and just carry both with me at the airport and such?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 9, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

      Hi Dana, your passport needs to have at least 6 months validity on it to apply for the visa. I’m sure I remember reading it in there somewhere (can’t look it up at the moment) because you need at least 6 months to fly so am sure the same rules apply.

      So I’d say apply for your new passport ASAP and then apply for the visa.

      • DANA January 9, 2014 at 12:43 PM #

        Thank you for such a quick reply! I’ve been looking everywhere and have been trying to find this answer to my question for the last week almost (no thanks to the UK Australian Embassy’s).
        So I was going to get priority processing on my Passport and hoping to get it back by the 18th of Feb (7 days after my birthday). How long is the wait to make a booking for a biometric scan generally? So I was hoping to send off all my forms around the 20th of Feb and hopefully be touching down in the UK by the 10th of March. Do you think this a realistic date or should I push the date back further?
        Thanks again for your help!! It’s greatly appreciated!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 9, 2014 at 12:48 PM #

          The visa process can take 2-3 weeks on average from start to finish with your passport back in your hand. I’d say your timeframe would be very tight and if just one thing gets delayed you might be in trouble.

          You can book into the biometric appointment reasonably quickly I believe but honestly can’t say if you would get in the very next day as it depends on their scedule of appointments.

          • DANA January 9, 2014 at 1:06 PM #

            Okay then! Thank you for your time and help it’s cleared up the things I was most confused about with the visa! Hopefully I won’t have to push the date back too far!

            • JAIRA January 10, 2014 at 3:50 AM #

              Hey Dana, if it helps – after I paid for the VISA online, I arranged for my biometrics 2 days after and it all went pretty smoothly. I sent the application on Fri 3rd Jan, and just received my email from Manila today advising the passport will be back with be in approx 3 days time.

              However, my partner who sent his application on the same day still hasn’t received his email just yet so it must just vary…

              In saying that, my agent told me they still process things pretty quickly regardless of holiday periods.

              Hope that helps!

    • DANA January 18, 2014 at 1:15 AM #

      Okay replying to my own post because I finally got an email back from the UK Visa guys. They said that as long as the passport is valid then I’m able to apply using it and will just have to transfer my visa over to my new passport when the time comes!

      Hope this will help anyone else out who had the same problem as me!

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:54 AM #

        Hi Dana, thanks for coming back and updating us on your progress. That’s good information to know and am sure it will be helpful for others in the future.

  122. MONIQUE January 12, 2014 at 12:53 AM #

    Hello Aussie Nomad!

    What a great site and source of information.
    With the 2 year working visa, is it possible to just apply for one year or does the whole two years have to be used?
    Also I am currently living in NZ, moving to France in March – do you know if it is possible to apply for a UK visa in France (on a tourist visa)?
    Apologies if this info has already been questioned/answered (I had a good search)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 12, 2014 at 10:31 PM #

      Hi Monique, the visa is a 2 year visa so there is no way to just apply for one year. But you can stay as long or as short as you like within the 2 year validity of it.

      You can only apply for the visa from a country in which you have a working permit to stay. So if you are in France on a tourist visa you will not be able to apply as far as I understand the rules.

  123. ANNA January 12, 2014 at 9:35 AM #


    I have applied for Irish citizenship through foreign birth registry, however this has not been approved as yet. I have now applied for a youth mobility visa, as citizenship was taking too long.

    Will the fact that I have applied for Irish citizenship affect my UK visa application? I am an Australian citizen with an australian passport.

    Also I have 5 and a 1/2 weeks from my biometric appointment to when my flights leave, do you think this is enough time?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM #

      Hi Anna, I don’t see a problem with the 2 different visas as one is for the UK and the other will be for Ireland correct? If so given they are separate countries you will be fine.

      As for the time to get your visa processed, I think that should be enough as most visa’s are processed within 2 weeks once they have been posted off so just get it in the post ASAP.

  124. HANNAH January 14, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad,

    I just wanted to let you know I got my email saying my visa was approved today! YAY!!

    I also wanted to say a huge thank you to you for putting up with all of my questions – I don’t think I would have done this without your useful information and tips.

    I’m sure I have been stressing about nothing but you have made myself and I’m sure many others feel at ease with this blog.

    I have been recommending this site to all of friends doing similar things as there is nothing like this online.

    Keep up the good work – you’re a champ!

    Cheers 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:05 AM #

      Hi Hannah, thats great news about the visa getting approved. Good luck in the UK and if you have any questions down the line let me know.

  125. THE CREW January 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM #

    Great site!!!!

    I currently have a Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) & have been offered a job working for a UK company but seconded out in France, because it is a UK company & contract is there a time limit I can work out there or does the 90 days apply??

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:04 AM #

      Hey mate, I’m afraid your UK visa only grants you the ability to live and work in the UK, heading to France will only allow you to be there as a tourist so you can’t work I’m afraid unless getting an equivalent visa there as far as I understand the rules.

  126. THOM January 18, 2014 at 12:44 AM #

    Hey mate,

    Great website! I am wondering about Drink Driving issues.

    About 6 years ago I was caught drink driving and charged in a magistrates court for a low range (0.07 I believe). I cannot find any court outcome document in my possession, and my national police check came back with no disclosable outcomes against my name.

    The VAF9 form states that I need to provide all documentation for drink driving offences. I would like to disclose it, but it seems then I wouldnt be able to back it up with outcome docs, and I am worried that would cause an issue.

    Has anyone else been in a similar situation? Can you provide advice?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 12:55 AM #

      Hey Thom, I’m not 100% sure what the new application form ask for and if there is a cutoff time for it in terms of how many years they go back but I’d imagine you could get court documents if you applied via the courts or similar. I’m not 100% how you go about it but think getting anything you can would be beneficial as if you do write it down you may be asked to provide documents for them to review.

      • THOM February 13, 2014 at 3:13 AM #

        Hi again,

        Just to follow up for anyone in a similar position, my passport came back today complete with APPROVED VISA 🙂

        I sent the following in my application, along with a copy of the national police check:
        ABOVE LEGAL LIMIT OF 0.05.”

        Timeframe was as follows:
        Online application completed 18th Jan
        Biometrics appointment 28th Jan
        All items posted 28th Jan
        Passport received in Brisbane 13th Feb


  127. JORDAN January 18, 2014 at 1:44 AM #


    Just wondering when booking a biometric scan do I have to pay for my visa before or after the scan? Or will it not be a confirmed booking unless I pay for my visa?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 18, 2014 at 1:52 AM #

      Hi Jordan, you pay for the visa after completing your online application and then you book your biometric appointment.

  128. SHELBY January 19, 2014 at 1:24 PM #

    Hi there,

    So my tier 5 youth mobility visa runs out in april although i have spent a lot of months traveling outside the UK in this time of my visa. Does this mean that my visa will run out when i have been in the uk for 24 months overall or will it still run out in april as its exactly 2 years since i first entered the UK?
    Hope this makes sense…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 20, 2014 at 12:23 AM #

      Hi Shelby, your visa is set to start and end by the dates stamped on it in your passport. Whether you spend that whole 2 years in the UK is irrelevant to how long the visa is valid for I’m afraid.

  129. MIKE January 21, 2014 at 2:51 AM #

    Hi mate,

    My wife and I are both applying for a tier 5 youth mobility visa. Do you suggest we send our applications and supporting docs in the same envelope, including providing just one return envelope between us, or should we post our applications seperately?


  130. BEC January 21, 2014 at 1:35 PM #


    Great website! I wish I had found this a few weeks ago when I was going through hell applying for my visa!!! Anyway, I got my visa back today (yay! and exactly 2 weeks from when I posted it off!) and am leaving for London next Tuesday. I have found a really great flat through my teaching job but they require a bond to be paid before I arrive. The problem is that I am going on a very tight budget and only have 1900 pounds. Do I need to prove that I have this money when I enter the UK or can I use some of the money now to pay my deposit?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2014 at 1:29 AM #

      Hi Bec, there is no need to provide proof of the funds when entering the UK that I’m aware of. Unless the customs officers pull you aside I’m sure you’ll be just fine.

  131. ROSIE January 22, 2014 at 3:55 AM #

    Hi there,

    I’m just going through the process of filling out the visa application form and I have come to the question about traffic offences.

    I have been fined for speeding in Queensland once before about 2 years ago. How did you fill in the box with all the details of your offence? Do they need specific details or just general?

    Thanks in advance!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2014 at 4:04 AM #

      Hi Rosie, unless you went to court for the speeding file I wouldn’t put it down on your application as it wouldn’t be classed as a criminal conviction.

      If you did go to court then you’d need to provide all the court documents related to your offence for them to review.

      • DELILAH BROWN October 9, 2014 at 10:19 AM #

        Hi there,

        Thanks for all the info you have on here.

        I am in a similar boat, I have a minor traffic infringement where I went through a traffic light that was turning red, and another for using a Transit Lane when they first got introduced…

        If I do not include these, and they find out about them, will be application be affected do you think? Or should I just be honest and include them with a letter explaining what happened? I am afraid that my application may get refused, even though they are not criminal convictions…
        Cheers for your time,

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD October 12, 2014 at 2:57 PM #

          Hi Delilah, as your incidents are only minor traffic offences and not criminal convictions I’d not included them at all. They (from my understanding and of no legal standing) are only worried about people who have criminal convictions that could be a problem for people in the UK. I’d just apply as normal and you should be fine.

  132. ROSIE January 22, 2014 at 4:20 AM #

    Thank you very much I realised this straight after I posted the comment that the speeding fine doesn’t need to be included as it wasn’t criminal!

    I am at the end of my application and it has a section that is called ‘Points Claimed’ and it has 4 areas which I need to fill it –

    Nationality –
    Age –
    Maintenance (Funds) – ?
    Total – (total points you are claiming) ?

    The last two I am confused about as I’m not sure what to fill in the boxes. You said that the Appendix Form 7 is no longer needed but I don’t know where to get the points from….

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2014 at 4:24 AM #

      Hi Rosie, the points claimed section is taken from the original appendix 7 form so you can use that as a bit of a guide. I think that form has the points table on it from memory.

  133. BRADY January 22, 2014 at 4:29 AM #

    Hey, so I filled out my application form and already got my biometric fingerprint session done, the only thing I’m concerned about is that on my form under funds I wrote ‘2100’ for £2100, I converted the amount of $AU I had even though on the bank statement I’m providing it says the amount I have in $AU. Also when asked if I had had previous passports I wrote in the two that I had, one was stolen and one was an emergency that I had to hand in when I applied for my new passport. I don’t know the document details or anything about them because I no longer have either. Will either of these 2 things be an issue and since I’ve had my biometric fingerprints taken and application stamped (but not sent off yet) is it too late regardless?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 22, 2014 at 4:35 AM #

      Hi Brady, I don’t think you need to worry about the amount being converted to AU as they will be expecting that.

      As for your passports, just make sure you noted that you don’t have them anymore and that should be ok. It’s what I did for my previous passport.

  134. MARIJA January 22, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

    Hey guys. I come from Macedonia and I have to apply for a UK online visa for my boss. I completed the application and I signed the declaration. However, when I reached the Book appointment section all I got was “An error occurred while processing your request. This could have been caused by your session timing out. If you have been logged out, please login again.” What should I do? I tired to register using a new email address but I haven’t got a registration confirmation email yet. I’m going out of my mind. PLEASE help

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 3:09 AM #

      Hi Marija, that sounds like a different visa to the YMS visa that I’ve written about here I’m afraid. Your best guess would be to call the UK visa office in your country to seek assistance I’m afraid.

  135. MARIA January 23, 2014 at 12:50 AM #

    Kudos for the website, it’s real good!
    Long time reader, first time poster.

    There are 2 kinds of UK YMS visas, temp worker & what i call freelance i suppose, temp worker states you need 1800 pounds on arrival ( providing bank statements prior to this) & the other states the funds have to be sitting in the account  for 90 consecutive days, which i have over 15,000 , yet  if i need to move funds across to other accounts, would this jepordise my application because i have not had the plateau amount in the account for 90 consecutive days even though it exceeds the required amount which comes to about 8,000 pounds? .
    Or does my bank statement have to say I’ve had at least 1800 pounds or $4,000 AUS in the bank for 90 days?

    Cheers Maria

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 3:04 AM #

      Hi Maria, I’ve never heard of two different UK YMS visas before, do you have details on the two of them from the UKBA site? The YMS visa is the old working holiday visa so not really a temp worker or freelance visa either.

      For the YMS visa that I’m aware of you only need proof that you have the 1800 pounds from a bank statement or letter from your bank manager within the 30 days of your application so moving money around shouldn’t matter as long as you have the proof to back up what is asked of you.

  136. MAJ January 23, 2014 at 2:50 AM #


    If my visa starts on 1 April and I want to enter in June, is that allowed? Are there time constraints in terms of entering after the start of the visa?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 2:58 AM #

      HI Maj, you can come and go as much as you like on the visa so entering in June when the visa starts in April is fine.

      • MAJ January 23, 2014 at 4:40 PM #


        What about opening a bank account? I was thinking of going through 1st contact to avoid the hassle, but I read somewhere that if I change my address to my UK address, and get my Aussie bank to forward a bank statement there, that would work fine?



  137. SIMONE January 23, 2014 at 3:51 AM #


    I’d just like to ask at what stage in the application process can you apply to cancel your visa? I am not concerned about losing the processing fee, however, I’d like to know if I can cancel the application and apply for a new one in 6-12 months time.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 7:27 AM #

      Hi Simone, I honestly don’t know the answer to cancelling your visa but I’d imagine you could do so right up until you posted it off. I’d call the UKBA office on the number I’ve listed above and see what they say.

  138. 1223 January 23, 2014 at 4:59 AM #


    just want to know what is consider as “date of application” … is it the date that you submit the documents and do the birometrics? or when you apply online?
    and how can they know you where in Australia and not other country when you apply online?? through the passport??

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 7:36 AM #

      I’d consider date of application be when you complete the online form and pay your money.

      As for knowing where you apply, well I guess they can’t know exactly but given it would be impossible to apply in Australia while you are in Europe as you’d be unable to attend your biometric appointment they can quickly narrow it down.

      • 1223 January 24, 2014 at 2:55 AM #

        thanks for your feedback. i was in Europe for holidays, applied the 25 dec online and then come back to Australia the week after and i completed the biometrics and sent the paper work…. do you think i will have a problem?

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 24, 2014 at 5:33 AM #

          I don’t think you’ll have a problem at all because you are in Australia to do all the bits you are required to. Where you fill out the online section is irrelevant.

      • AARON ADAMS February 27, 2014 at 4:09 AM #

        Just to confirm, this very very VERY helpful PDF:

        Says this about the date of application, as of January 2014:

        “The date of application will, in all cases, be taken to be the date that the fee associated with the application is paid. This means the date shown on your payment receipt, which depends on how you paid for your visa application, for example, at a British Diplomatic Post, visa application centre or online.”

        My girlfriend and I are up against a 31st birthday deadline, so this was a very helpful piece of information.

  139. SAM January 23, 2014 at 5:03 AM #

    Hey mate,
    Just a question in regards to the passport photograph that is required.
    It states that it must be 35 x 45 mm and the background must be white. So today I went in to Australia Post and got them taken, however the background to the shot is very light but not quite ‘pure white’. I’d say its almost like a cream colour.
    Also the whole photographs dimensions are 35 x 45 mm however there is approximately 2 mm and 5 mm of space above/below and on either side of my face respectively. For example from ear to ear is 25 mm and from chin to the top of scalp is 35 mm, could this possibly be a problem? Have you heard of many people being knocked back due to their passport photo’s?

    And lastly, approximately how many days do i have to post the documents after the biometric appointment (in case I need to get more photos)?
    Many thanks for all your help!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 7:39 AM #

      Hi Sam, I’ve never heard of anybody ever being knocked back let alone any problems with photos. They do check your photos at the biometric appointment so always good to ask then if you are worried.

      I believe you have 4 weeks to get your form in from when you’ve been the to biometric appointment so plenty of time to get new photos if need be.

  140. MARIA January 23, 2014 at 5:31 AM #

    Heya thanks for getting back to me, there is different catergories of the tier 5.

    YMS points calculator says:

    You must have £1,800 of available funds in your account and these funds must have been continuously in your account for a period of 90 consecutive days when you apply (other than applicants to the Youth Mobility scheme, who must only have the funds in their account on the date of application).

  141. MARIA January 23, 2014 at 5:34 AM #

    And I just re-read this and realised I had obviously mis read it! Hahaha thanks and sorry.

  142. ROSIE January 23, 2014 at 5:37 AM #


    I have completed my application form yesterday 22/01/14 and picked a date and time for my biometric appointment in Brisbane on the 17/02/14. This is a couple of days short of being 4 weeks after completing my application. Do I have to post it off and have it recieved within 4 weeks as well?

    Very stressed that I have forgotten something or left the time between completing the appication and biometric too long.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 23, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

      Hi Rosie, no you don’t need to have it posted off and received within 4 weeks you just need to have had your biometric appointment within 4 weeks of completing your online application.

  143. IAN January 24, 2014 at 5:18 AM #

    Hi there:)

    Im looking to working over in the Greek islands, so goin by your information this youth mobility scheme is the way to go….

    But im also looking to work in Europe also after i have finished with the Greek islands, will this youth mobility scheme allow me to work over there or will i need to apply for something different?

    Dont the Greek islands and some Europe country’s fall under the ‘Schengen area’?

    would be great to hear back from you, with your info….

    Kind Regards

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 24, 2014 at 5:27 AM #

      Hi Ian, the youth mobility visa is only valid for the UK and not mainland Europe, so you won’t be able to work anywhere but in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland I’m afraid.

      Some Schengen countries do offer their own working holiday visas but it varies from country to country so you’d need to research them some to see what would fit for you.

  144. ADAM G January 26, 2014 at 4:42 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Great website! I sent off my application form with all required docs this Monday and also tracked it all the way to being delivered to Sydney, so I would assume it is now on its way to Manila for processing.

    Just had 2 questions/info:

    1) I sent it off in a normal express post envelope, rather than a platinum and it got there fine. Hopefully not an issue on the way back given I enclosed a normal express post envelope. Just was not able to insure the express post envelope for some reason.

    2) I just checked the letter from the bank I sent over and the lady at the bank did date it correctly with 16 Jan 2014 and the stamp also has 16 Jan 2014 on the letter. However she did a typo and wrote “balance at 16/01/2012”. Only noticed it just now but was wondering if points of clarification are sought from the VISA processing centre? My funds are fine and the only error is that the lady wrote 2012 in 1 spot rather than 2014 like it was stated in all other dates of the letter.

    Annoying as I just reviewed the docs and saw that.

    Any help or info is appreciated.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 28, 2014 at 2:17 AM #

      Hi Adam, I would’t worry re the type of envelope you have to sent back. As long as its got your address on it you will be fine.

      For the bank letter I’d imagine as long as it has 2014 on it in all the other places they should be able to work out that it was typo for that one spot with 2012. I’d imagine if there was any big concern they’d inform you first but doubt there will be a problem.

      • ADAM G January 28, 2014 at 4:58 AM #

        Hi Aussie Nomad.

        Thanks for the reply!

        Great to hear about the envelope.

        Also I actually just got the email from the email address stating that my visa would be despatched shortly. So hopefully all is well and it will be with me soon. Now to play the waiting game.

        Thanks again
        Adam G

        • LUKE February 2, 2014 at 3:34 AM #

          Hi Adam,

          Just a question regarding processing times – I just applied a week after yourself.

          Am I right in saying that you sent the application on Monday the 20th and received an email saying it had been dispatched on the 28th?

          Is it okay to ask when you might have received the passport, and if you received an email letting you know they had received it in Manilla?


  145. JENNIFER January 28, 2014 at 7:13 AM #

    Hi, thanks for the helpful information but i’m currently confused about travelling Europe on the YMS visa. If I spend 3 months in the Schengen area, and go back to Britain for another 3, that makes it more or less 180 days so does it mean I can go back to the Schengen area for another 3 months? (sorry if it sounds confusing…)

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2014 at 1:57 PM #

      Hi Jennifer, you are correct. If you spend 3 months in the Schengen zone and then go and spend 3 months in the UK you’ll be free to head back into the Schengen zone.

      • JENNIFER February 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

        Hi thanks very much for the help and information. I just completed the application form, and I selected ‘return in person’ for the passport or something, I remember there was another option of ‘return by post’, does that mean that now i have to go to sydney to pick up my passport…? (confused……………………………….very confused….)

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 7, 2014 at 12:51 AM #

          I really don’t know Jennifer. Best to call the UKBA office and find out exactly but I’d imagine yes you’d need to go and pick up your passport from somewhere. Maybe the local post office or it could be Sydney.

  146. JEN January 29, 2014 at 6:54 PM #

    My visa starts in March but I want to go into the UK in February to attend some interviews, can I do that before my YMS visa is valid? Will there be any issues, the world bridge customer service said you can’t but some posts here say you can?

    Has anyone travelled to the UK before the YMS visa is valid?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

      Hi Jen, you can enter the UK before your visa starts but you’ll only be in the country as a tourist so going for a job interview is technically against that so be sure to not mention any of that when you enter early and be sure to have a ticket out of the country to prove you will be leaving and coming back on your working visa.

      To make your visa valid you’d need to leave the UK and then re-enter after your visa has started to be legal to work and so on.

  147. ANDREW January 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM #

    Hi All

    My wife has applied for a Youth Mobility Visa to the UK and we have the appointment on Monday. Just a couple of rather drastic questions. The first, we are hoping to request a speedy application due to a family member terminally ill, will they prioritise for this?
    Second, my wife had a DUI charge back in ’05 and was suspended until early ’07. She now has a full licence and was worried that she may have actually needed to put it in the app. She does have a passport and got that in ’09 with no hassles so Im hoping the DUI charge has been spent and she wont need to tell them?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM #

      Hi Andrew, its not possible to request a speedy application I’m afraid. The biometric appointment is just to take your fingerprints and check your application, nothing else. They won’t be able to help you speed up the application as its then sent off to manila for processing. Most visa’s are processed in 2 weeks as well which is reasonably quick I believe.

      If your wife went to court for her DUI or the DUI is recorded against her police record then she’ll need to declare that and include all the paperwork from the court to show what it was for etc. To be sure thought I’d be calling the UKBA office and verify exactly as all of my advice is just from my experiences others have reported, its by no way legal and accurate.

      • ANDREW February 1, 2014 at 2:25 AM #

        Thanks Aussie Nomad, I think we’ll get the paperwork requested in the meantime to be safe. 2 weeks is pretty quick anyhow so fingers crossed. Thanks again for the advice 🙂

  148. LAUREN January 31, 2014 at 3:33 AM #

    Hi! Your website here has been so helpful! this whole process is rather confusing!
    I have just submitted my application and have a date for my Biometric interview on Tuesday.
    I went through the website

    My appointment is in Adelaide at The British Consulate Level 3, 55 currie st.
    I am a little concerned as i dont think we have a british consulate in adelaide and after alot of google searching i can only find the department of immigration at that address.
    Would you or anyone who has applied from adelaide know if that is the correct location? I have a feeling i may have to go to Melb and would rather know asap!

    Thank you!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD January 31, 2014 at 2:37 PM #

      Hi Lauren, I’m not aware of a processing office in Adelaide either but if the paperwork you were given after completing the online application says thats where to go then you should be ok. I’d love to hear how you get on afterwards if you could leave a comment for me.

      • LAUREN February 4, 2014 at 6:44 AM #


        I had my Biometrics done in Adelaide this morning at the Department of Immigration. Was in and out within 5 minutes. Very straight forward and easy! Was given info on where to post all the forms off to and headed straight to the post office. Now eagerly awaiting the return of my VISA. .. i Just realised i didnt send in a copy of the ID page of my passort… crap!

  149. SAM February 1, 2014 at 5:08 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    You’re information has been really helpful. I only have one question which i haven’t been able to get the same answer from anyone that I’ve been asking. My fiancé and i are applying for our Youth Mobility visa. Only thing is we want to backpack around europe first for 2 months then head over to the UK to start work. With the visa, do we need to fly into the UK first then start travelling around Europe, or can we travel around, ending in Belgium, then head over to the UK?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 1, 2014 at 12:00 PM #

      Sam, you can enter the UK whenever you want to before or after the visa starts. If you enter the UK before the visa starts you’ll be doing so on a tourist visa so its worth having proof you intend to leave to satisfy the customs folks as they may be concerned you will just stay and not re-enter to be validated as entered on your visa.

      If you enter a month or two after your visa starts it won’t matter either you’ll just have lost a couple of months of your allocated 2 years in the UK.

  150. ANDREW February 1, 2014 at 8:42 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    Have now sent off the freedom of information to NSW police for only $30 and put it on app.

    Just one more question, I’m fine to travel to UK as I have duel passports (British and Aus) but i’m wondering if this will affect my wife’s visa app, i.e. does she have to be single? I’m prob just overthinking and worrying too much!

    Cheers Again

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 1, 2014 at 11:57 AM #

      Hi Andrew, it doesn’t matter who or how she travels into the UK. The visa is just for her and is completely independant of you.

  151. TRAV February 2, 2014 at 2:40 AM #

    Hi great informative site you have here, Although I’m stuck with one section on the application that i can’t find an answer to.
    On the application it asks
    ‘Are you a national of the country in which you are applying?’ i’m guessing this means of the uk?
    to which i have selected no but then it ask’s ‘Please Enter Details of what permission you have to stay in this country’
    Do i just put down youth mobility scheme for this or something else?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 2, 2014 at 10:49 AM #

      Hi Trav, I believe that section is asking about what country you are applying from, which would be Australia. Your permission would be citizenship or birth cetificate etc.

  152. MELANIE February 3, 2014 at 10:01 PM #

    Hi there,

    This was really useful. I am looking to apply for my YMS visa right now, my fiancé is a UK citizen. I have a question for you – in your research did you come across any place where it states if I can marry whilst on the Youth Mobility Visa and then apply for a spouse visa before the end of the youth mobility visa? I know it states you cannot apply for indefinite leave to remain, but what about further leave to remain as a spouse? It is so confusing!! Thanks.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 4, 2014 at 1:01 AM #

      Hi Melanie, I’m afraid I can’t help you there as I’ve never done any research on that. If you were coming to Australia on the other hand I can tell you all about it.

  153. CHELYN February 4, 2014 at 6:39 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad,

    This is probably a very silly question but I just thought I would check. I received my visa on Christmas eve and leave in Feb. When I received my visa, it was displayed on one of the spare pages in my passport. I just wanted to check that when you arrive and when looking for work you only need to show your passport identification and the page where the visa is displayed. I just want to make sure I don’t need to take any paperwork from the visa application with me.

    Sorry again if this is a silly question or if this has been mentioned above.

    Thank you

  154. LOST February 5, 2014 at 6:57 AM #

    My Tier 5 working visa runs out in September, 2014 which country can I go to after my visa runs out so I can return to the UK on a vistor visa ?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 6, 2014 at 1:22 AM #

      Hi, when you tier 5 visa runs out you can go to any other country in europe. You just have to leave the United Kingdom which consists of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  155. ALLY February 7, 2014 at 12:42 PM #

    sorry for this silly question but i need to be sure and its a bit confusing.

    am i able to spend 6 months travelling in europe if i break that time up with a three-four month stay in the uk on a youth mobility visa ?

    i really want to spend as long as possible in europe and am trying to find ways around it!
    any hints would be helpful!

    thanks 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 9, 2014 at 12:46 PM #

      Hi Ally, for Europe you can spend 3 months in every 6 months in the schengen area. So you could do January to March in Europe and then you need to go to the UK for April to June before you can go back to the schengen area for July to September and so on. Hope that clears it up a bit for you.

  156. ARVIND February 8, 2014 at 9:24 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    My partner and I(both Australians) are looking at moving overseas to work in 2015. We’re wanting to base ourselves either in London or Edinburgh.

    My partner is eligible for UK working holiday visa but I’m not because of age (I’m 36). So I’m trying to find other visa options so I can travel and work at the same time.

    Can you please advise on what options I have? I’d be interested to find out if I’m eligible for any visas that let me travel and work.

    Please advise.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 9, 2014 at 12:42 PM #

      Hi Arvind, For yourself to get work abroad you’ll need to be sponsored by a company willing to hire you. This will have to be something you apply for before leaving Australia as you’ll need the company to file paperwork in the UK and then you do your part here in Australia. The difficulty is finding a company willing to hire you when they’ve never met you and then be prepared to file the sponsor paperwork as it costs around 1000 pounds.

      This will also limit your travel ability as you are essentially moving abroad to work a full time job with just 4 weeks holiday a year. Once you go over the magic 30 age bracket, working in Europe becomes far more difficult. Most people have more luck going down the UK ancestry route if you have it.

  157. DOROTHY February 10, 2014 at 3:20 AM #

    What an awesome site – wish I had found it earlier! My son is 17, and is in London on a Tier 5 Charity visa. He will be travelling to the USA and Europe a couple of times. Will he have any problems re-entering the UK??? Thanks!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 10, 2014 at 6:11 AM #

      Hi Dorothy, I’m afraid I don’t know anything about the charity visa but imagine like most visa’s that you can come and go as much as you please on it providing its still valid. Your best place to research this would be the UKBA site or call them directly.

      • DOROTHY February 10, 2014 at 7:49 AM #

        Thank you. I have emailed the UKBA – will let you know what I find out …

  158. TAMARA February 11, 2014 at 11:13 AM #

    I recently finished my youth mobility visa and have been travelling Europe before heading home. I will have been out of the UK for 72 days before I was planning on going back as a visitor just to collect my stuff and say good bye to friends for a week before flying out. I called the British embassy and immigration to find out what I would need to prove I was not overstaying and they were super vague. They said I just need to prove I am not overstaying and that it was up to me to prove it. They also could not give me any indication as to the consequences if I was to be denied. I have heard horror stories of never being allowed back into the UK again even as a visitor. Can you shed some light on this for me?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 11, 2014 at 2:07 PM #

      Hi Tamara, I’ve had some interesting interactions with customs since my visa expired and that was some time ago now. The best form of proof you won’t stay is a return flight so have your ticket with you showing when you will be flying back to Australia. That should be enough as its a big investment cost wise.

      As long as you keep calm with them and have your printed ticket saying when you’ll be leaving I doubt you’ll have any problems.

  159. SAM February 12, 2014 at 1:29 AM #


    Im not sure you can help me but i was wondering if there was any to go on the youth mobility visa for a year and then switch to one with a euro passport (I’m applying to get my maltese passport but it will take 18 months to get)


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 12, 2014 at 3:00 AM #

      Hi Sam, your youth mobility visa will only be valid in your Australian passport if you swap to an euro passport then you’ll be classified as a euro citizen so will not need the visa then.

  160. HANNAH February 12, 2014 at 6:19 AM #

    So I am travelling to Europe in March and I was about to apply for a youth mobility visa but I only just realized that my bank statement had to be at least 30 days old I don’t have enough time to apply in Australia I’m hopefully starting work in the UK in May after travelling through Europe so I was wondering if I was able to apply for the visa in Ireland as I am there for a couple of weeks.
    Thank you

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 12, 2014 at 6:23 AM #

      Hi Hannah, the statement doesn’t need to be at least 30 days out it needs to be dated within 30 days of your application so you are all good to apply now.

      • HANNAH February 13, 2014 at 10:23 AM #

        Okay thank you so much!
        I have just completed online application now and I’ve got my biometrics appointment on Monday (17th)
        Thank you so much I can stop worrying over it!

  161. KATE February 12, 2014 at 1:09 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    First of all, thank you so much for all the information and effort you put into this fantastic site! It’s been incredibly helpful, and I’m so much more confident in submitting my application after reading all this information I didn’t have before. I do have a couple of queries about my application, and it would be brilliant if you could help!

    -When applying via the new beta site, will I still need to submit an Appendix 7 form? I haven’t seen anything about that other than in older comments on here so I don’t think it’s still needed, but just checking in case.

    -I’m an Australian citizen; is the Issuing Authority of my passport “Australia”? I tried typing “Australian Government” but it doesn’t give me that many characters to answer with.

    -I’m not totally sure how to answer the “Total Points” section in the “Tier 5 YMS” page:
    Nationality – Australian
    Age – 18
    Maintenance (Funds) – the exact amount in my account? (over 1800 pounds) And in AUD or GBP?
    Total – 50?

    Sorry if these are silly or have obvious questions, I just don’t want to take any chances! Thanks for your time!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 13, 2014 at 4:39 AM #

      Hi Kate, glad the sites been helpful to you.

      As to your questions:

      No the Appendix 7 seems to have now been removed from the application process and they have built it into the main online application.

      The issuing authority will be Australia as its written in your passport.

      The points section is the part brought in from the appendix 7 form. have a look at the appendix 7 form to get an idea on the points. I’ve not run through the new application process myself yet so I’m not 100% familiar with all the questions.

  162. KATHERINE February 13, 2014 at 10:59 AM #

    Hi there,

    What an awesome website you have here, Cheers for all of the info.

    Just a couple of questions…

    I have heard rumours that the British Consulate in Sydney is open on Saturday mornings for biometric appointments? Is this true?

    Also, my partner and I are leaving on the 14th April for approximately 5-6 months travel and plan to be in the UK September/ October this year. We realise that we need to apply for our Youth Mobility Visas before we leave but I was just wondering what date we should put on the application for our arrival (as our Visa will have ‘started’ 3 months before).



    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 13, 2014 at 2:35 PM #

      Hi Katherine, I honestly don’t know about the opening hours of the Sydney consulate on Saturdays but when you get to booking your appointment during the application you’ll soon find out. if you find out I’d love to know to add it here for others.

      For the visa date, set it to be 3 months from your application lodgement date. This is the furthest out you can go as the date needs to be 3 months out from application time. It will mean missing out on 3 months of your visa time but its a small price to pay for 5-6 months travel beforehand.

      • KATHERINE February 15, 2014 at 5:17 AM #

        Thanks very much. We have completed the application, hopefully all goes well.

        It turns out the Sydney consulate is only open weekdays!

  163. SHEZ February 15, 2014 at 7:55 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks so much for putting together this, I have consulted it many a time!

    I’m also glad to see I’m not the only one who put their mother’s current surname instead of her maiden name. I’ve sent everything with my passport off for processing.
    If I was to call, do you think they would amend it? I’m just deciding whether I want to bring the error to their attention, or just hope for the best that it won’t matter.

    The whole process has taken years off my life, especially with only 9 weeks until I’m meant to go!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 15, 2014 at 9:14 AM #

      Hi Shez, it’s always the obvious stuff that we mess up. Honestly I think you’d be fine if you didn’t say anything but if it will bring you some assurance then call them up and let them know.

      • SHEZ February 15, 2014 at 9:44 AM #


        I wish the others who had posted had provided an update on whether they got their visas through fine! That would put my mind at ease!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 15, 2014 at 9:56 AM #

          I can’t tell you about them, but if it helps in the 3-4 years since I started this site I’ve never heard of anybody being refused their visa.

        • DANA February 15, 2014 at 1:31 PM #

          Hi Shez!

          My friend and I both did the same thing as you and put our mother’s current surname (as appears on passport) on our applications and both of us received our visa a few days ago after just 8 days with no problems!

          Hope this puts your mind at ease and I know it can be worrying!!

          • SHEZ February 15, 2014 at 1:57 PM #

            Hi Dana,

            Thank you so much for your reply! That definitely puts my mind at ease knowing that you both had no problems!
            (And such a speedy processing time too)!

            • SHEZ March 1, 2014 at 8:03 AM #

              Just an update, I got my visa back within 11 days of applying. Got notification of it being approved in only 7 days after posting! Super speedy. Looking forward to getting over to the uk! 🙂

  164. GEORGIA February 16, 2014 at 10:02 AM #

    Hi there,

    I’m wondering how to answer the ‘points claimed’ section of the visa application? I have to fill in the questions below but i’m unsure if i answer with either my details or the number of points for each section.


    Nationality – Australian
    Age – 21
    Maintenance (Funds) – The amount of money shown on my bank statement
    Total – 50


    Nationality – 30
    Age – 10
    Maintenance (Funds) – 10
    Total – 50


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 18, 2014 at 3:38 AM #

      Hi Georgia, I believe you fill in the points and not the actual details. That is what used to be the case with the old appendix 7 form that contained these details.

    • JESSICA May 6, 2015 at 6:11 PM #

      Hi all,

      I submitted an application erroneously as follows.

      ‘Nationality – Australian’ etc.

      Instead of the actual points.

      ‘Nationality – 30.’

      I called the hotline the same day I submitted the application (such an expensive call!) & before my biometrics appointment to see if that would be problematic. The call centre staff member told me I would have to cancel my application as the ‘points were important.’ She said I would then need request a refund and submit a new application.

      I did as suggested. Regarding the reason for refund I wrote an ‘inadvertent mistake made when filling out the form.’

      My question is has anyone done the same? Were they refunded? How long did it take? It’s been 10 days and I haven’t heard whether my refund request had been received AND I am unsure whether they will accept my reason for a refund.

      In the meantime I’m reapplying. It’s such a lot of money – I hope it’s refunded otherwise I’m out of pocket almost $500 – money towards my flight!

      Would like to hear from others in the same situation.

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 7, 2015 at 10:52 PM #

        Hi Jessica, I’m sure you’d have been fine applying for the visa the first time but the refunds to work and just take some time. I can’t say how long as I’ve only ever heard of one other person from memory that did it and left a comment on my site.

        • WHAT!! May 8, 2015 at 3:59 AM #

          That is absolutely ridiculous that they said she should cancel her application. I made the same mistake but sent it off without knowing that I had done wrong. I wrote nationality New Zealand age (29) proof of funds (yes)! I’d be very angry and surprised if my application was rejected just based on that. On the form it does not specify how it should be filled out! Now I am freaking out that my application will be rejected.

        • JESSICA May 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM #

          Hi Aussie Nomad,

          Thank you – in that case will reply with detail when I hear back so any others in my situation will hopefully be a bit more in the know.


        • ROSE May 10, 2015 at 6:35 PM #

          I am losing sleep over this as I submitted the form exactly as Jessica did the first time… I wrote down the details rather than the points..

          This is absurd as they aren’t really clear on this and then later advise an applicant to cancel and re-apply..! It’s been more than a week and I haven’t heard a single thing back from them (seems like the turn-around time for my area is a week in the recent weeks for the other applicants). I’ll let you know if I am rejected based on this mistake….. (If I don’t die from the heart attack..)

          • BIANCA May 14, 2015 at 1:55 PM #

            I just submitted my application. I wrote in these answers:
            Nationality: Australian
            Age: 24
            Income: 7,0000
            Total Points: 60

            It seems now like that was completely wrong??
            Will I still be accepted????

            • JESSICA May 14, 2015 at 2:14 PM #

              Hi Rose, Bianca & What!

              I’ll let you know if I’m refunded. Bianca, maybe call the helpline and see what they say. They told me to cancel my application and request a refund. You might be advised the same. Do it before your biometrics appt or you won’t be eligible.

              I am still waiting and have no idea whether i’ll see that money again. In the meantime i’ve reapplied.

              • BIANCA May 15, 2015 at 11:38 AM #

                I’ve already gone for my biometics appointment!! I’ll see what happens!

                • ROSE May 15, 2015 at 11:52 AM #

                  Bianca, I’ll let you know in a couple of days. I have got an email saying a decision had been made… It will be a nerve wrecking weekend

                  • BIANCA May 22, 2015 at 1:24 PM #

                    I got accepted! 🙂 It’s obviously fine to make that kind of small administration error!!

        • ANDREA May 14, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

          Hi all,

          I left this part of the application blank, as it wasn’t a required field! How can they reject you on missing something that was initially required? now i’m starting to worry and my appointment is on Monday… I can’t really afford to be out of pocket $400 either!

  165. ERIN February 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM #

    HI Aussie Nomad,

    this info looks great for applying. however, my question is more so to do with the fact i have my visa but i don’t know what the rules are about finishing up?

    I am going to be travelling post visa but am unsure of how the dates work. Can I work up to the second last day of my visa or do i have finish beforehand? Also is there a requirement to leave before the end date of my visa? I ask as i cannot find any information and wish some people have heard that you need to do certain things but that doesn’t make sense for why you would have an end date?

    hope you can help!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 18, 2014 at 3:53 AM #

      Hi Erin, when you are finishing up in the UK on your visa the only thing you need to do is leave the country by the date. You are then free to come back if you like afterwards on a tourist visa but be sure to have proof on onward travel as the customs folk get a bit difficult with people who have been living in the UK and now want to come back so soon.

  166. KATRINA February 18, 2014 at 3:20 AM #

    Hey Aussie Nomad,

    Great page you’ve got set up – extremely helpful!

    I just have a question with regards to the application..

    Part 5a (your family) asks if your partner is accompanying you or joining you later?

    My boyfriend and I are planning on doing this adventure together.. we have been together for 4 years, not married, no children, both 22 and we currently do not live together..

    So in the marital status would I put ‘single’ or ‘unmarried partner’ as we are not classified as being in a defacto relationship right – and im not sure what to put in the Part 5a section? I don’t want anything to back fire.. do I just put ‘no’ in this section and move onto the next question?

    Your feedback would be much appreciated!!!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 18, 2014 at 4:03 AM #

      Hi Katrina, I think I’d put down unmarried partner for the martial status as that sounds like the best iption becaseu you are right about the defacto relationship, you need to live together for that to be true.

      For part 5a it sounds like the question is more geared towards some of the other visa types, do you have any other options other than the two you listed?

  167. DOROTHY February 21, 2014 at 12:11 PM #

    Just an update from my previous enquiry. The Tier 5 Charity Visa, which my 17 year old son is using for his Gap Year, DOES allow for him to travel to and from other countries without problems re-entering. “The visa is issued valid for multiple entries through it validity. He should not have any problems getting back in while it is valid.” Again, thank you for all the information and advice. This is one site I will be coming back to, and certainly recommending!

  168. SAM February 24, 2014 at 5:20 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Fantastic page this is, I’ve found soo much information I just could not find anywhere else. I will be frequently visiting this website while on my travels.

    One Question as I am worried about getting my visa, when the form asks: –

    “Have you ever travelled outside your country of residence, excluding the UK, in the last 10 years?”

    does this mean you have to list all your travels for the last 10 years?? or just one? does it matter?

    • SAM February 24, 2014 at 5:43 AM #

      Also, When it says please select how you would like your original documents to be returned to you.
      the options are: –

      1) in person

      2) by post

      3) in person with prepaid return envelope

      i am just confused cause it says in person but i want to send a prepaid envelope??

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD February 24, 2014 at 6:52 AM #

        Hi Sam, for the travel outside your country of residence I thought it was just a yes or no question. Does it ask you to list them or how is it worded?

        For the sending of your passport back pick the by post option. I don’t get how it can be in person with a prepaid return envelope 🙂

        • SAM March 5, 2014 at 2:05 AM #

          Awesome thanks Aussie Nomad.

          One last thing, I sent in my visa application and realised I am missing the last page with the signature on it!!!!! I double checked all the pages when I posted it so I don’t know how this happened!

          I have signed the front page with all the information on it so they have my signature there.
          What do you think the best thing to do is?? I leave the country for the UK on the 1st of April so I don’t have very long.



          • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:42 PM #

            Hi Sam, I’d probably call them up on the number I’ve listed above and explain the situation. They might allow you to scan and email it over to them or ask that you post it off as well.

            It’s a difficult situation but for the sake of your sanity a call up that costs you a few dollars would be worth it in my opinion.

  169. JAMES February 27, 2014 at 10:02 PM #


    Thank you so much for this it has been incredibly helpful.

    I just have a question on the timing, sorry if this has been answered before.

    I intend to arrive in London 20 July, but require my passport for travel 10 May from which I will be travelling until landing in the UK.

    What do you think is optimal time to apply for this Visa. Would 20 April be too late? If any earlier I will be missing out on a few weeks on Visa time is that correct?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:40 PM #

      Hi James, you can only apply for the visa within 3 months of your intended arrival in the UK so for you it would be the 20th of April. Given you are leaving OZ on the 10th of May I’d be apply as soon after that date in April to ensure you don’t miss out on any time for your 2 year visa.

      if you apply before the 20th of April then yes you’d just be missing a few weeks on your visa as it would start before you arrived in the UK.

      On average people have been getting their visa’s approved in 1-2 weeks so you should have enough time if you applied on the 20th.

  170. DONNA February 28, 2014 at 9:52 AM #


    Apologies if this has been answered in an earlier comment, there’s so many! I’m looking to apply for the youth mobility visa starting approx June 2014. Just checked my passport (NZ) and it expires in Feb 2016. Do you think I’ll have to renew my passport now so it will be valid for the entire period of my visa or will it be alright to just apply for a new one from the UK?

    Thanks 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:37 PM #

      Hi Donna, As long as you passport is valid for 6 months you will be ok but when you do renew your passport you’ll have to carry both your old and new passports when you travel as the old passport will have the visa stamped in it.

  171. CC February 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM #

    If I want to travel Europe for 1-2 months after my visa expires. Do I have to leave the UK before expiry or can I leave a little (like a few days) after? Also, what if I want to return to UK after my Europe trip to pick up some items and head back to Australia from there. What are the requirements? eg: whilst I have been living here I have purchased some items/gifts for returning home but will be useless when travelling Europe, so wish to leave it here at a friends place.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:35 PM #

      Hi CC, I’d always leave before your visa expires. You don’t want to give the UK customs folks any reason to give you trouble when you re-enter.

      You can re-enter the UK just fine after your visa expires on a tourist visa but be sure to have proof you don’t intend to stay in the country like flights home or similar. The customs folks tend to be a difficult with people who’ve had a visa to live and work in the UK. Worried you plan to come back and stay again i think.

  172. EM March 1, 2014 at 9:32 PM #


    Thanks so much for the information firstly.

    I am currently working in UK under a tier 2 visa sponsored by my current employer. However, I find it difficult to change my job as not every company is willing to sponsor my tier 2 visa. therefore, I am thinking of getting myself a youth mobility visa.

    Will my currently valid tier 2 visa be a restriction to my application for a tier 5 youth mobility visa?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:33 PM #

      Hi Em, to apply for the youth mobility visa you will need to return home to Australia. I’m not sure on the requirements about having both visas but given you need to return home to get the visa I’m guessing your sponsored visa will stop as you’ll cease employment with the company you are with.

      Just keep in mind the youth mobility visa is only valid for 2 years and once thats up you’ll have to leave the country or get sponsored by another company again to return to live and work there.

      • EM May 19, 2014 at 12:29 AM #


        Thanks very much. I have an update and a follow up question.

        Now I have successfully got my tier 5 youth mobility visa on my British National Overseas (BNO) passport. However, I am still with my existing employer with my home country passport.

        So, I have 2 passports with 2 visa.

        However, I have got further information that my current tier 2 ICT visa restricts me from changing a new employer. Now I have got a job offer from a new employer, can I just use my tier 5 visa on my BNO passport or I will still be bounded by my tier 2 ICT visa restriction?


        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 19, 2014 at 4:18 AM #

          Hi Em, I’m afraid I’m not really sure on the answer. But in theory if one visa is tied to one passport and another is tied to the other you should be able to leave the country and re-enter on the opposite passport and be all set.

  173. BILLY March 4, 2014 at 3:19 AM #

    Hey mate,

    I have successfully received a youth mobility visa. However, I was wondering if we are covered for health insurance under the scheme? Do you suggest organising private health insurance from Australia for the entire duration of the 2 years? It is very experience to do this, so I was looking at other options but happy to do so if required.

    Cheers mate,

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:30 PM #

      Hi Billy, when you enter the UK you are covered under their health system (just like medicare here). I would recommend registering with a doctor when you arrive and settle into a place to live so you can see them if need be. But I’ve been told you can just turn up at the hospital emergency departments like here in australia and be seen as well.

      I never paid to see a doctor or for a hospital visit for the entire time I was in London. In some ways I think the NHS over there is much better than our medicare.

      I’ve got details on the health side of things listed in my moving to london post here:

  174. SARAH March 5, 2014 at 8:46 AM #

    hey! this is a great website, and it’s super helpful. Thank you for uploading all of this information, it’s really exciting reading about all of this and it’s getting me psyched about applying soon 🙂

    I just wanted to know what I should put down as my UK address and phone number? I don’t know anyone there, and my intention was to find a place after arriving there. Until I find a permanent location I was thinking of staying in a hostel. So, do you think I should use the address and number of the hostel as my UK address and just have it changed when I find a place to stay?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:27 PM #

      Hi Sarah, the whole asking for an address on the application is so a pain for people and completely useless as people move all the time. Just put down the address and number of the hostel you intend to stay at on arrival. After that your address is going to change as is your number and as far as I know you only need to note an address on the arrival card each time you re-enter the UK from trips to Europe etc.

  175. ANDREA March 6, 2014 at 6:57 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    Firstly, Thank you so much for sharing your advice and experience! *hugs*

    I’m thinking/planning on applying for the YMV for mid-August. So my long distance bf and no longer be long distance.

    I would like to know what’s the best way to search and apply for a job, without actually being in the same country! – I don’t want to be wasting time nor do I want to have to depend on my bf too much.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

      Hi Andrea, finding work I believe is easier done once you are there as most companies are going to want to interview you and so on. And if they have to deal with a skype call to do it, they can be put off as its a lot more work than having you turn up at their office.

      Also if you are just after bar work then you’ll only be able to get that if you are in the country.

      Your best option is the get the bf to look around for you and help line up interviews for when you arrive I believe.

  176. MARTIN March 10, 2014 at 11:46 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    This website is great – very helpful, thank you.

    I need to travel 10 May (travelling for a few months before entering UK), what would be the latest you would recommend I apply for the Visa? Is it still averaging 2 weeks these days? Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 11, 2014 at 5:23 AM #

      Hi Martin, for me i’d be apply a month out from the date you intend to leave the country. most people get their visa back in 2 weeks and that extra time gives you a bit of breathing room should something go wrong.

  177. CHRISTINA March 11, 2014 at 3:47 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I just applied for my Visa today, and just had my biometric appointment, which is also where I submitted my forms to be mailed. I realized after I drove 3 hours home, that I forgot to include my previous passports in my application. And according to this: the previous passports are required to affirm historic travel history.

    (I DID, luckily, include my valid and most recent passport.)

    Aside from my banging my hand on my forehead repeatedly and scavenging the internet for advice, I’m hoping that they will simply inform me that I had missing information and they will let me mail it in. Do you have any experience with this kind of situation?

    In addition to that mistake, I realized, today again, that I didn’t reference the stamps in my old passports for my travel history. I simply did my best guesses (which were pretty close, but not all entirely accurate.) Is this mistake going to cause me trouble as well?

    Thank you in advance for any or suggestions you can provide.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 11, 2014 at 5:27 AM #

      Hi Christina, when you filled out the form did you list you had previous passports? I generally recommend people say they are lost as its logistically just easier. I’ve never heard of the UKBA contacting you for additional information before so imagine you’ll be fine. But worst case call their office on the number in the post to see what they would prefer.

      Listing your travel history is a new addition to the visa process so I’m not up to speed on what it requires but as long as you’ve listed out everything as best you can I’d imagine there will be no problems. it never used to be a requirement so I doubt it’s a big problem.

      • CHRISTINA March 12, 2014 at 7:03 AM #

        I DID, I did, I listed I had previous passports. I had read somewhere in preparation for filling out the forms, if you’ve ever lost a passport or had one reported stolen, it would jeopardize your submission. So I thought, since I had them, I would say I did!

        I’ll update this on what happens in case anyone else has a similar issue. (Here’s to hoping.)

        Thanks for your time, A.N~


        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 12, 2014 at 8:56 AM #

          That’s a first I’ve ever heard a lost/stolen passport can jeopardise an application and I’d probably call bullshit on that to be honest. But as you had them it did make sense to say you had them.

          I honestly think you’ll be fine Christina but would be great to hear how you get on and if you do have a problem.

          • HANNAH March 27, 2014 at 5:10 AM #

            Hi christina, how did you go with your visa? On my application I stated that I still had an old passport and I’m wondering whether to send it off with my other documents!

          • CHRISTINA March 27, 2014 at 8:32 AM #

            Well good news; just as you said there were no issues! Received word that my visa has been successfully processed today! woohoo!

  178. LOUIS March 12, 2014 at 11:59 AM #

    Hey, thanks for the write up, very comprehensive. Was just wondering, I leave in 4 weeks on (if its accepted) a tier 5 (working holiday) visa, i sent it in an express post envelope but didnt give them a spare for the return to my house… will this jeapordise the chances of it coming within the 4 weeks you stated??


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 13, 2014 at 12:50 AM #

      Hi Louis, I honestly don’t know the answer to that one. I’d call the UKBA office on the number above and see what they say. I’m guessing it could delay things as they do specify you provide a return envelope but I’m sure you aren’t the first and won’t be the last to forget it.

  179. JAY March 12, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    Hi I just submitted my application but after I paid it had

    5. Biometric Enrolment

    Biometric Enrolment Not Required

    and sure enough in the summary it says “Appointment not required”

    Reading up on it I notice that they are changing the UK Visa service and outsourcing to VFS Global with the centre in Sydney opening on the 17th of March. Wonder if I am meant to wait for that or is it really not required…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 13, 2014 at 12:47 AM #

      Hi Jay, to be honest this is the first time I’ve ever seen that before. I’m not aware of any changes to how they process the biometric part of the application but find it very strange you would not need it. I am aware that the visa site has changed somewhat this year but up until around a week ago people were still having to have their biometric appointment.

      Your best bet will be to call the UKBA office I think to be sure of what is next. Normally after the biometric appointment you are given the address to send your visa paperwork off to. Was that provided once you completed your application?

      • JAY March 13, 2014 at 12:56 AM #

        The form on completion provided this

        5. Biometric Enrolment

        Biometric Enrolment Not Required

        Please select your country to view details of where to send your application and supporting documents for your location.

        You must take your printed application, supporting documents and the appropriate fee (if applicable and/or unless paid online with this application) to the address shown below.
        UK Border Agency – Australia GPO Box 2718
        NSW 2001

        So it still has the address I’m meant to mail it to. It’s all very confusing as I think with VFS you just submit it at their centres.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 13, 2014 at 1:05 AM #

          Very strange, everything on their website states you need to attend an appointment still so I’m all out of ideas mate.

    • LARRY August 28, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

      I recently applied for a tier 2 visa from the usa and also got ‘appointment not required.’ I can’t find any info about this – would love to hear Jay’s resolution if he sees this


  180. KATIE March 12, 2014 at 5:40 PM #

    Hey AN,

    I am hoping you could please assist me in providing some information relating to the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa which I currently hold.

    My visa is up on June 5th of this year and I have been told that is difficult to travel in and out of the UK within the last month of this. I am looking to re-enter the UK after this date and do some further travel around the UK – could you please advise the best method for doing this and if it is at all possible?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 13, 2014 at 12:40 AM #

      Hi Katie, I travelled a little right at the end of the visa and then re-entered the UK afterwards so have a little insight for you. I never had problems coming and going at the end of my visa but you might get a painful customs official so be sure to fill out your landing card saying you are only staying x number of days and if you have proof of a ticket out of the country have that with you as well. Anything to prove you won’t stay can help get them over their power trip.

      it’s also possible to return after your visa has expired but I can guarantee you’ll have some form of trouble with the customs folk. Every time I’ve tried to re-enter the UK after my visa expired (even a year later) I have to deal with them thinking I’m coming back to live illegally.

      The only real defence you have is proof of flights out of the country and anything that can show you have enough money to support yourself. I had to get all my credit cards out on one occasion and even then they almost wouldn’t let me in.

      Legally there is no reason for them to deny you so just have as much information as you can to satisfy them and all should be ok. Fingers crossed you get a nice customs official, I seem to always get the difficult ones.

  181. MARTIN March 13, 2014 at 12:37 AM #

    Does anyone know if they ever exceed the annual quota for Australia? Has anyone been told sorry too many applications already granted? Thanks

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 13, 2014 at 12:56 AM #

      Martin I’ve never heard of the quota being exceeded and know of people who applied very late last year so I don’t think there will be a problem.

  182. TANYA March 13, 2014 at 11:19 AM #

    Hello ,
    If the company that I work for during my 2 year visa offers me the chance to have a full time position …Does this mean that I can continue working for them or would I have to turn down the offer?



    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 14, 2014 at 1:37 AM #

      Hi Tanya, you can continue to work for them providing they are willing to sponsor your visa to stay. It’s more than just offering you a job they need to complete some visa paperwork and you need to return to Australia to lodge it and get it approved before returning.

  183. KRYSTAL March 14, 2014 at 9:09 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I’m a bit confused what to do at the moment!
    I want to apply for a UK work visa (I arrive in November), however I will be working in a summer camp in America on a J1 working visa for 5 months (less than 6 months).
    I can’t apply in Australia due to the dates but I am just wondering if it is possible (and how) I can apply for this visa in the US!

    Thanks, Krystal

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 15, 2014 at 1:42 PM #

      Hi Krystal, you can still apply for the visa before you leave it just means you won’t get the full 2 years time to stay there as the visa will have to start 3 months after you leave Australia. If you can handle that then you shouldn’t have a problem.

  184. DARCY STEPHENS March 14, 2014 at 2:39 PM #

    I am wondering what i do with my bank statement. do i email it??? provide it at the meeting???

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 15, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

      Hi Darcy, you send off your bank statement with the rest of your application details in the post to the visa processing office.

      • DARCY STEPHENS March 25, 2014 at 4:37 AM #

        Ok sweet also cause i got a loan but plenty of available funds will this affect the process of applicatiion???

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 25, 2014 at 7:40 AM #

          They won’t know you have a loan as you don’t provide details on that, just proof of the 1800 pounds.

          • DARCY STEPHENS March 25, 2014 at 12:29 PM #

            Just thought it might look a bit sus with a big credit comin into my account. the money is mine but just comes from my extra money i pump into my loan

  185. RYNAGH March 15, 2014 at 12:27 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    Thanks for his post, very useful so far!
    This could be a tough question, but if you’re able to help me out that would be great.
    I want to apply for a YBS commencing early July this year. The problem is, I currently work in Korea and won’t be back in Oz until 14th April. I’m then due to go to France for two months on 29th. I know this time slot is too short to allow the visa to process, but I’d rather not have to fly back to Oz after France. If it’s impossible to apply for the visa from France, would it be possible to do the biometrics stuff in Oz and then send the documents from France when I get there?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 15, 2014 at 2:25 PM #

      Hi Rynagh, you can apply for the visa from France and do it all there if you have a valid work permit to be in the country, if not you’d have to return to Australia I’m afraid.

  186. SHELLY March 16, 2014 at 8:30 AM #

    In the section where it asks if there’s any other passport held previously, I was holding the passport from my birth country, but is no longer valid after I became a citizen of NZ, do I still need to put that in the form? I don’t have any information on that passport anymore.


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 17, 2014 at 3:38 AM #

      Hi Shelly, I’d just put down no other passports as you are now on your first passport for NZ.

    • NOMAD April 27, 2015 at 4:14 PM #

      Hello Shelly, any updates on how you dealt with this? Would appreciate it. Thank you.

  187. PATRICK March 18, 2014 at 10:28 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad

    I don’t think there is any solution to this, but I thought I’d ask. My daughter left Australia two weeks ago for the US.
    She is about to start a 10 week tour of South America and after that wants to go to the UK and work.
    The problem is, for some reason she did not get her Tier 5 Youth UK working visa before she left Aust.
    Is there any way she could get it say in Argentina..(she is there for two weeks at the end of the tour)..
    …..or can she enter the UK as a tourist and then apply for her working visa there without having to return to Aust?

    Any advice would be appreciated, or any numbers we could ring to seek advice.

    No problems with the money etc..she also has an English Granny & has her birth certificate so could also apply for the ancestry visa if it is any easier

    Thanks for your help


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 18, 2014 at 10:36 AM #

      Hi Pat, wish I had good news for you but as far as I’m aware you can only apply for the Youth Mobilty Visa if you have a work permit to be in the country you wish to apply from. So your daughter would need a work permit for Argentina to be able to apply and even then it might not be possible depending on the options the UK offer there. Otherwise its coming back to OZ to get it.

      An ancestry visa would be your best bet I just don’t know if you can apply for that from the UK or if it has to be applied for from your home country. Knowing the UK I bet they require you to be in OZ for it.

    • PIP March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM #

      Hi Pat

      Does she have any interest in working in Canada? Even if she doesn’t, this is probably a hard way to do it, but she could apply for a Canadian working visa and once she had that approved she would be able to apply for the UK visa from there. I am a Kiwi and I applied for mine from Australia, I just sent the paperwork to my mum in NZ and she sent it on, so she could send the paper work to you and you could send it on. The Canadian working visa was quite straight forward and you didn’t need any fingerprints. But obviously that will all take processing time etc

    • BEK March 18, 2014 at 11:17 AM #

      Hi Pat
      I’m currently in the UK on my ancestry visa, and if it’s your first application for an ancestry visa, you have to leave the UK and return to your country of residence, in order to apply (If you’re extending it you can do this from the UK). I was in the UK on a YMV, and had to leave my job, fly back to NZ, apply for ancestry and try and prove i was going to return to find work!! All a very round-about way of doing things…. However, that was 3 years ago, and as they’re always changing the rules, i’d check the UKBA website, to be sure. On the plus side, i had my confirmation in about 4 days, and my passport back to me a week after i applied! Hope this helps

  188. ADAM March 19, 2014 at 4:08 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks for your wonderful guide.

    I only have 1 question: I am applying the week before my 31st birthday, am I able to pick a date 3 months in advance for my visa’s start date or does it need to be starting on my 31st birthday? I have had conflicting information from websites and even a visa ‘broker’.



  189. THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 19, 2014 at 7:23 AM #

    Hi Adam, as far as everything I’ve read about the age limit you have to have applied when you are 30 so thats fill out your form online and paid the money. The application is valid at that stage so its irrelevant if you turn 31 before you get to the UK because of your visa start date.

    But if you are so close to the date I’d be applying as soon as you can and if that means missing out on a month of your visa time because you haven’t left I think it’s worth it.

    • ADAM March 19, 2014 at 10:09 AM #

      Hi AN,

      Thanks for your reply.

      What I meant was, choosing the visa start date: can I choose a date + 3 months like normal or do I have to choose my 31st birthday as my visa start date?



      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 20, 2014 at 6:42 AM #

        Hi Adam, you can pick whatever start date you like as long as you’ve paid your money before your 31’st bday as far as I’m aware. But to be 100% sure I’d call the UKBA office on the number in my post just to be on the safe side. I’d hate to steer your wrong and have you miss out on the trip.

        • ADAM March 21, 2014 at 1:51 AM #

          Thanks, that clears things up.

          Unfortunately for days now no one picks up that phone number, and the 1902 number on the UKBA website charges you $3.95/minute and again, no one answers.

          Would you say it would be best to apply with the start date + 3 months and then ask the question at the biometric interview?

          • ADAM March 21, 2014 at 3:22 AM #

            Just an update, I managed to get hold of someone at the visa office via email and this was their reply:

            “Good Morning

            The latest date we can put on your visa is the day before your 31st

            If you were not turning 31, we could postdate the visa start date by a
            maximum amount of 3 months.

            Hope that helps”

            • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 21, 2014 at 6:41 AM #

              Hi Adam, thanks or the feedback from the UKBA office. Good to get some feedback on the query as well. It would seem you have to make the start date the day before your bday so in that case I’d be applying right away.

            • WADE October 17, 2015 at 7:28 AM #

              Very late reply but the information they have given you is incorrect, the important thing is to apply before you are 31 and you can specify a start date up to 3 months later.

              Unfortunately the UKVI ‘help’ line often gives out information that is inconsistent with the official immigration rules.

  190. MOLLY March 20, 2014 at 6:19 AM #

    I have just applied for a youth mobility visa and wrote somewhere on the application that my estimated arrival was the 1st of june. However, I recieved a really good deal a booked my flight for the 7th of May. Assuming my visa is approved, is this going to be a problem? Thank you

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 20, 2014 at 6:45 AM #

      Hi Molly, if your visa is approved for the 1st of June it means your visa won’t start till that day. So if you enter the UK before that you’ll be entering on a tourist visa and not your working visa. To activate it you’d need to leave the country after the 1st of June and re-enter. So as long as you don’t want to work before the 1st of june all should be ok.

      Just be prepared for the customs folks in the UK to be a bit annoying since you are entering before the visa in your passport is valid.

      • MOLLY March 20, 2014 at 7:04 AM #

        Great. Thanks for your help so far! I am yet to have my biometrics appointment and havent posted any documents. Is there any way of changing it at this stage of the application process? Or any advice? 🙂

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 20, 2014 at 7:09 AM #

          Hi Molly as you’ve not had the appointment you should be able to just adjust the date on the printed out application you have to send off. I’d ask when you have your fingerprints taken but otherwise just put a cross through the date on the form and put in the new date of your arrival into the UK.

  191. BRIAN March 21, 2014 at 4:35 AM #

    Hi aussie nomad. i applied and got my youth mobility scheme approved around february 2013. however due to personal issue i couldnt go, but i never cancelled it or anything. so now im able to go so my question is can i still go? i read you can only apply for it once?? does it count if i never actually went to the UK? also if im able to can i use the visa i got from 2013 or do i have to apply for a new one? thanks in advance

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 21, 2014 at 6:40 AM #

      Hi Brian, if you have already had the visa granted from Feb 2013 then you are just over a year into the visa so could still fly out to the UK to make the most of it now as its currently valid.

      Even though you never arrived in the UK the visa still started as its only valid for the time period stamped in your passport. You can’t apply for another visa or get this one re-started either.

  192. PIP March 21, 2014 at 9:15 AM #

    Hi Brian, sorry if this has already been asked,(I tried to look through all the posts but there is so many!)

    Have you ever heard of anyone being asked to prove their maintenance funds (e.g. show a bank statement) when they are entering the UK? I know you have to send it off when you apply, but I will be travelling for three months before I enter the UK so most of that money will be gone..


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 21, 2014 at 12:14 PM #

      Hi Pip, I’ve had to try and prove I have enough money to visit the UK but that was AFTER my visa had expired and I was entering the UK again. Coming and going while on the visa makes the UK customs far far easier than you’ll get it any other time. You just breeze on through like a local.

  193. LAUREN March 25, 2014 at 12:46 AM #

    Hello! Your website has been amazingly helpful during my application process.
    I have just received my visa in the mail which I am so happy about! (after posting it, it arrived about 2 and a half weeks later)

    The only thing is… it says its valid from the 16th of April… however my flight arrives on the 15th of April…
    (I forgot I put the 16th on my application when I booked the flight)

    I know it may seem really silly, but will this be a problem?

    Thanks again for the helpful website 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 25, 2014 at 2:47 AM #

      Hi Lauren, the only problem you are going to have is that when you enter the UK you’ll be doing so on a tourist visa. You’ll need to leave and re-enter the country after the 16th to enter on your youth mobility visa which will have working rights etc.

      I’d imagine the customs folks might ask you why you are coming a day early so as long as you are prepared for that and can tell them you’ll be leaving/coming back all should be ok.

      • LAUREN March 25, 2014 at 4:33 AM #

        Thanks for the quick response, I’ve decided to change my flight to London for the 16th. Lucky I purchased a flexible ticket! Cheers for the advice 🙂

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 25, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

          Lauren that sounds like a far easier solution, enjoy London

  194. GEN March 25, 2014 at 11:15 AM #

    Hey Nomad.
    Just a couple of questions.
    Now with the online forms, I dont need to print the VAF9 form correct? And do I also not need the Appendix 7 form?
    So basically when sending in my application I just need
    A print out of the online application
    bank statement
    and thats it?
    Also I made 2 mistakes on my application 🙁 wrote 40 points instead of 50 and mums last name now rather than maiden name. can i cross these out and correct them and sign with initials…similar to making a mistake on a passport application?
    Thanks soo much!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 26, 2014 at 1:43 PM #

      Hi Gen, you just print off the online application yes no need for extra documents now.

      For sending off yes you have your form, your bank statement and passport. For the mistakes I’d just cross them out and initial them. You can’t do anything else and i doubt they will get to upset.

  195. THOMAS March 26, 2014 at 8:57 PM #

    Hello The Aussie Nomad

    Finally a site that makes sense and has all (nearly) the answers, great work

    The answer to my question is probably here some where I just can’t seem to find it.

    Basically do I need 6 months or a certain time frame left before my passport expires after the 2 years.

    I intend to start the visa on the 10 of June so the 2 years takes me out to the 10th of june 2016 and my passport expires october 2016.

    I am a little pushed for time so have already paid and booked my biometrics but I can cancel this if I find out the answer to this isn’t to my liking.

    I am attempting to contact the Visa office but it seems they do not like answering their phone.

    Again this site is a blessing to many a confused traveller, well done you.

    Cheers Thomas

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 27, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

      Hi Thomas, glad you’ve found the site helpful. I try to keep up with the changing system for the visa but it’s not always possible.

      As to your question you’ll be find to apply for the visa since you have more than 6 months validity on it. All the visa needs for you to apply is 6 months so as you have 2 years and 6 months there are no problem at all. After the visa expires however I’d be looking into getting the passport renewed to save on problems entering other countries.

      • BRENT April 30, 2014 at 1:01 AM #

        Hi Aussie Nomad,

        I have a similar question and would like to get confirmation on your above response.

        Do you only need 6 months validity on your passport from the start of the visa application date? Or 6 months validity from the end of the 2 year visa period?

        I guess another way of putting it is can you apply to renew your Australian passport, during the 2 year period of the visa?

        Like Thomas above me I am going to apply for the visa with a start date in early August. My passport expires in June 2016, so for the purposes of application, has approximately 2 years remaining. However it will run out prior to the end of the visa and I plan to renew whilst in the UK.

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD May 1, 2014 at 4:54 AM #

          Hi Brent, my understand is you need at least 6 months validity on your passport to apply for the visa. If it is to expire while abroad you just need to renew it at your closest embassy which can be done in London.

  196. JO March 27, 2014 at 1:42 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad!
    Gotta say, just like everyone else, I have found this blog so helpful whilst trying to apply for the YMS Visa. And now that I have been accepted (YAY!) I will continue to read on with your guides for setting up in London etc.
    In case anyone is interested, I thought I would put up my visa timeline as that was the most stressful part (so far)-

    Application: 25th Feb 2014
    Biometrics: 5th March 2014 (in Adelaide S.A)
    Sent forms: 5th March 2014 (the ink on the stamp was barely dry as I raced to the Post Office!)
    Sydney GPO: 6th March 2014
    And then…. nothing…. for 14 days!
    Visa Despatch Email: 21st March 2014
    Visa/Passport arrived: 25th March 2014 (the day before my birthday – early present!)

    And so my partner (who has a British passport) and I are off on the 21st May 2014
    Hope that puts some minds at ease for the dreaded waiting game! 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 27, 2014 at 7:46 AM #

      Thanks for the feedback on your application process Jo. Always helpful to get ideas from people on how long everything took. Enjoy your time abroad.

    • MARTIN March 27, 2014 at 9:22 AM #

      Thanks for the timeline JO,

      Can you tell me the date on your Visa? Is it 3 months from the 25th (application) or when they issue it? Will make a difference for me as I am travelling for more than 3 months prior…


      • JO March 27, 2014 at 11:49 PM #

        Hi Martin

        The date on my Visa is 21st May, which just makes it inside the 3 month requirement as my application was the 25th Feb.
        I randomly picked that date, before I realised it had to be within 3 months, but luckily I scraped in by 4 days!

        • MARTIN March 27, 2014 at 11:55 PM #

          Thanks Jo and Aussie Nomad,

          Okay, now I am a little worried. I applied last night as follows:

          Date of application submitted online: 27 Mar 2014
          Date of planned arrival in the UK: 17 Jul 2014

          Now I know 17 July is beyond 3 months from my application date, but it is the date I plan to arrive in the UK. I need to apply this early as I need my passport back to travel on the 23rd April.

          There was also another question earlier asking what date do I intend to travel which had a drop down date box which would only let me select up 3 months (27 June). I selected this. But it does not appear on the application form.

          I am slightly confused/worried.. should I be?


          • STEFAN May 7, 2015 at 5:42 PM #

            Hey Martin,

            I made the same stuff up and applied to leave 13 days or so after the 3 month period (applied 7th of May 2015 and am to arrive August 20th 2015 – 100 or so days). Did you have any issues or did you just lose a few days on your VISA as they back-dated it?


  197. HANNAH March 27, 2014 at 5:39 AM #

    Hi Aussie nomad, just a question regarding the bank statement for the visa documents. I’m unable to receive a statement til the end of the month but have a print out of my transaction history that’s stamped and signed by the bank. It’s in black and white and has the logo on the top. Will this be accepted instead of the bank statement? How strict are they on this? My biometrics appointment is 3 days away so I’m starting to freak out now!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 27, 2014 at 7:49 AM #

      Hi Hannah, as long as the bank details have the official bank stamp and signature on it i don’t see a problem. Ideally it would have been better to be printed by the bank so its on their letterhead and therefore not black and white but you have the important stamp to prove its real so all should be good.

  198. MARTIN March 27, 2014 at 12:49 PM #

    Thanks again Aussie Nomad,

    Okay so I have completed my application and paid. But this is weird.

    I selected a biometric appointment time of 10.20am. This shows correctly on the confirmation PDF, but on the Visa application complete page it shows 9.20am. I am confused and worried.

    Has anyone else had this issue/bug?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 27, 2014 at 2:29 PM #

      When in doubt Martin just turn up early. Never heard of it before but these things happen.

    • NAT March 28, 2014 at 12:52 AM #

      Hi Martin, this happened to me too. I booked in for 9.30, and that’s what it says on my email confirmation. But the booking confirmation says 8.30. I was going to just go at 8.30 to be in the safe side, but please keep me updated if you find a resolution.

      • MARTIN March 28, 2014 at 1:06 AM #

        Hi Nat,

        Glad to know I am not the only one. So what I did was go back to the View Appointment page, selected Update Appointment and selected a new time of 10.10am. I then go the confirmation page with 10.10am. I then cross checked against 1) the Print Confirmation PDF and the Visa Application Complete page (accessed by clicking View Payment).

        Somehow everything is now in sync which gives me a bit of comfort. I will probably go early Monday morning and will post back to let you know how it goes!


    • NAT March 28, 2014 at 3:28 AM #

      That’s great to know, thanks Martin! I think I shall follow the same steps. I look forward to hearing how you go. Good luck!

      • STEVE April 15, 2014 at 1:13 AM #

        We had the same issue with our applications and I just turned up at in Brisbane at the time I had selected (which was correct in the confirmation email) and that was OK, even though the official appointment document stated an hour earlier. Seems to be a glitch in the system, which I assume is related to daylight savings. (Our visa application was for Ancestry/dependent visas).

  199. NIKI March 27, 2014 at 11:15 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    I have applied for my Tier 5 youth mobility visa and had the biometric appointment (on the 21st March) but didn’t realize I had to get proof of my criminal conviction until after which can take up to 28 days to receive! I am freaking out that it won’t come in time and my application will be cancelled. It is the last thing I neeed before sending it away.

    Is there anything I can do? Send it without the police record and attach a note that I will send it later? Is that even an option?

    thank you so much.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 28, 2014 at 2:44 AM #

      Hi Niki, to be honest I’m not sure of the best answer. I’d either call or email the UK office and get feedback from them. I’d wait it out a week or two and hope the paperwork comes in time otherwise send it off with what you have and then send more details if asked.

    • EMMA December 20, 2014 at 12:03 PM #

      Hi, What did you do in the end? I got myself into the same situation and sent it off with Court documents only. Did you get your visa? Was processing long? Thanks

  200. MARIA March 28, 2014 at 12:12 AM #


    How long was it before anyone recieved a confirmation email from the hub in Manilla?
    And how long has anyone waited for their visa to be approved for YMS visa? I’m not leaving until June so I’m not stressing, though just slightly worried I’d like to know my passport is safe, I sent it in 10 working days ago to uk immigration office in Sydney via express post…eeeeek


    • JO March 28, 2014 at 1:13 AM #

      Hi Maria

      I sent my Visa off on the 5th March and didn’t receive a confirmation email from Manila. I waited 12 working days before receiving an email from Manila stating that my Visa had been despatched etc. and had my passport back in my hands by the 25th March (14 working days in total).

      Hope that helps!

  201. LAURA March 29, 2014 at 7:35 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks so much for this post – most helpful! I have couple of queries about questions in the online application that I’m hoping you might be able to shed some light on.

    Query 1: Is this you first passport?
    I had a passport as a child, and had it renewed in 2007. Does this classify as my first passport as it was only renewed? If not, I no longer have my child passport details – so how do I answer this question?

    Query 2: Are you travelling with anyone – do they have a valid visa?
    I am travelling with my cousin, who is also in the process of applying for the Youth Mobility Visa. Should I respond “No” to the question, “do they have a valid visa” as they are still undertaking the application process or does it sound funny to be travelling without someone a valid

    Any guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated!

    Keep up the great work!

  202. THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 29, 2014 at 7:56 AM #

    Hi Laura, glad to hear the sites been useful to you. As to your questions:

    1. Your child passport is your first passport and then if you renewed it that is another passport so you should put down this isn’t your first passport. Then you should be able to note that you don’t have it anymore or it was lost.

    2. For travelling with a friend I’d mark down no. It saves on complicating the process and they don’t need to know who you are going to be travelling with.

  203. NIKI March 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,
    I have applied for my Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa and had the biometric appointment on the 21st of march. Anyway I didn’t know I needed a physical copy of my DUI conviction and it may take longer to come than I have time to send my application. I am freaking out do you have any advice on what to do? Is it possible to send my application without it and attach a note saying it will be sent later?

    thanks so much,

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 31, 2014 at 10:43 AM #

      Hi Niki, to be honest I’m not sure of the best answer. I’d either call or email the UK office and get feedback from them. I’d wait it out a week or two and hope the paperwork comes in time otherwise send it off with what you have and then send more details if asked.

  204. MARTIN March 31, 2014 at 4:21 AM #

    Had my biometrics test today in Melbourne CBD. Different to what I expected. Process seems to be constantly changing slightly. Few points to note:

    1. Whole process took around 45 minutes for me. Seemed pretty busy with a constant flow of people coming in.

    2. Process as follows:
    – First room: application, docs and passport check.

    – Second room: process payment (if required), confirm your contact number, delivery method, provide mailing envelopes, barcoding of your application, passport and envelopes, received application Acknowledgement and Receipt.

    – Third room: biometrics test, finger prints + photo, application in envelope for sending, received Biometrics Acknowledgement and Receipt.

    3. In Rooms 1 and 2 I was asked if I would like my to collect my passport from the Visa Application Centre, despite specifying by post. I took this option. Note to have it delivered costs $24.00.

    4. The Visa Application Centre sends it away on your behalf, and your passport will be returned to the Visa Application Centre if you opt for the pick up.

    5. The Biometrics lady said that I will receive an email when the processing centre receives my application and another email when a decision has been made and to collect in 2-3 days. Print out the second email and take to the Visa application centre with the two receipts if collecting. No appointment required.

    I was expecting a 10 minute appointment and to have to send my application and passport away using 2 x Platinum express bags. Happy with the pick up option… makes more sense!

    Hope I get my Visa in time… leaving the country on the 20th!

    Thanks again Aussie Nomad for this awesome site…

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 31, 2014 at 5:30 AM #

      Hi Martin, thanks for the update on the process you went through its going to be really helpful to others.

      The UK visa process is going through a major upheaval at the moment as they contract out the work to a visa office so everything that was once correct is changing. Hoping I can get an update up for the site soon to help more people understand the new rules and changes as so much is different.

    • TAHLIA April 2, 2014 at 11:23 AM #

      Thank you so much for this! & thank you so much Aussie Nomad!
      I’m going for my biometrics in Brisbane on Friday & was stressing about whether I needed envelopes or not.
      Aussie Nomad you have certainly made my application a lot easier, I will be sure to post my experience with Brisbane after my appointment Friday 🙂

    • LEON April 7, 2014 at 2:40 AM #

      Hi Martin,

      I also went to the newly opened application centre in Melbourne in late March, I was told that someone will contact me when passport is ready for collection.
      When you were told an email will be sent to you, did they say it’ll be from Manila processing center or the VFS global? So they won’t call you to let you know?
      Also for collection, you mentioned no appointment require, so Iyou can just go to pickup your passport during there opening hours 8:30 – 15:00, or is there a special collection timeframe?

      • MARTIN April 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM #

        Hi Leon,

        I believe it will be VFS global who manage the process that will send you an auto-generated email. I was told staff at my biometrics appointment that I would get one upon receipt in Manila and one when the Visa decision has been made advising it will be ready for collection within 2-3 days of the email.

        No calls as far a I know. They said no appointment was needed and I could just come in with my receipts and confirmation to email once that 2-3 days has lapsed. I confirmed this with the security guy who seemed to know what he was talking about.

        Please let us know if you receive an email – I am yet to receive any.


        • MEL April 9, 2014 at 10:47 AM #

          Hi Martin and Leon,

          I had my biometrics appointment on the 24/03/14. They sent my passport away for me and told me that they would text or call my mobile when ready for collection.

          Last Friday 4/4/14 i got an email saying “Your visa will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 days”.

          This morning 9/4/14 i got a call from them (that i missed) and they left a message saying it was ready for collection. I took my receipts to the same place i had my biometrics and collected my visa.

          Hope this helps.

          • MARTIN April 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM #

            Thanks Mel,

            That is helpful and gives me some comfort. Hopefully I receive the confirmation email tomorrow or early next week and pickup towards the end of next week, just in time for my flight on the 22nd.


          • MARTIN April 11, 2014 at 6:10 AM #

            Hi Mel,

            I just got the email confirmation from Manila:

            “Your visa will be despatched shortly. Passports can normally be collected from the Visa Application Centre after 3 days depending on which country you applied from or will be couriered back to you only if you have availed of this service.”

            Exact same time frame as yours 🙂

            Will pick up next week in time for my flight, fingers crossed all goes well!


            • SANDS June 25, 2014 at 7:25 AM #

              Hi I recently received this too – does that mean my VISA is approved? or still a chance that it may be rejected?

              • THE AUSSIE NOMAD June 25, 2014 at 4:41 PM #

                For everything I know, yes it will mean your visa is approved.

  205. SHAY March 31, 2014 at 9:35 AM #

    Hi, Im Australian, currently in france, trying to apply for a youth mobility visa for the UK, you answered a question saying that you could enter the UK before the visa is approved. Does this mean they do not take your passport for the application process?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 31, 2014 at 10:42 AM #

      Hi Shay, you can only apply for the youth mobility visa in France if you have a working visa for France. If you don’t then you’ll need to return to Australia to apply.

      If you have a visa you still have to send your passport off so you’d be stuck in France until your passport is returned and so can’t enter the UK until you get it back.

  206. HANNAH March 31, 2014 at 10:20 AM #

    I too had my biometrics appointment today and it was completely different to what I expected! Great that I don’t have to worry about posting it off but but even the people working at the centre seemed to be confused at times with the new method. This site helped so much thanks aussie nomad. Would love to hear how yours goes also Martin, hope they get back in time!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD March 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM #

      Hi Hannah, yes it seems the new process is quite different to what used to be in place. i’d imagine the visa staff are still getting to grips with the new process. Hope everything sorts itself out soon so I can get my guide updated to better reflect the setup.

    • MARTIN April 7, 2014 at 2:05 AM #

      Hi Hannah, just wondering if you have received any email confirming receipt of your application in Manila yet? It has been a week and I am still waiting for this.

      Does anyone know how to track the our applications?


      • HANNAH April 7, 2014 at 2:23 AM #

        Hi Martin, I haven’t recieved any email confirmation yet. Have been checking constantly as it’s been a week for me too! Will start to worry if there’s nothing by the end of this week.
        If you find out anything on how to track it or if you get your email please keep me posted.

        • MARTIN April 11, 2014 at 6:07 AM #

          Hey Hannah, I got the confirmation email today from Manila. See my other post above 🙂

          Hope you got yours too!

  207. JEMMA March 31, 2014 at 10:38 PM #

    Hoping someone can clear this up – is it true that Australians or New Zealanders who have completed a Youth Mobility visa will need a General Visitor visa to return to the UK for a holiday if the holiday is within 6 months of the Youth Mobility visa expiring? I just thought if you left the UK then returned at a later date that as a citizen of either of these countries you were automatically granted a visitor visa, but I’ve heard a few different tales recently and am keen to figure out the true story.

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 6:08 AM #

      Hi Jemma, after your youth mobility visa finishes up you can re-enter the UK just fine on a normal tourist visa. I did so several times within the 6 months of it expiring so don’t believe you’d have any problems. Just be sure to have proof of onward travel out of the country and anything else you think might help as the customs officials can be a bit painful.

      • JEMMA April 1, 2014 at 8:48 AM #

        Thanks for the reply and for having such an up-to-date guide. It makes a nice change from the confusing UKVI sites and the generally vague info they provide if you manage to speak to someone.
        I thought that was the case from what I was able to find on the UKVI, but had heard a few ‘tales’ recently that cast some doubt. I’m sure my Irish working holiday permit and travel docs will do the trick – even though it is the dodgiest looking permit due to it just being a laminated card!

        • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM #

          Hi Jemma, I have to say the UK websites have got a LOT more helpful than they used to be.

          Any sort of visa for the rest of the world will be more than enough, especially for Ireland so doubt you’ll have any problems at all.

  208. DAVID April 1, 2014 at 4:04 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad, my son is currently in the UK on a tier 5 charity worker visa having a great time. Aafter visiting Budapest he re-entered the Uk and did not need his passport for the last month. When he when to look for it in preparation for his next trip to Ireland it was missing. Suspected lost or stolen. He has been to the Aust. high commission and told he requires his birth cert. faxed to the office via a Aust post office with a certified copy on it. So they can reissue a new passport. That said do you know the process for getting the visa sorted out?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 6:11 AM #

      Hi David, I’m afraid I’ve never been through a lost passport problem before but all of what you’ve said sounds about right. They need proof he is who he says he is so getting you to send a copy of the birth certificate makes a lot of sense.

      A quick google search turned up this page which seems to document the whole process as well.

  209. DAVID April 1, 2014 at 6:28 AM #

    Thanks for the information on the passport. Are you up to speed with what should happen with the re-issue of the UK visa?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 6:36 AM #

      Hi David, I believe your son will need to contact the UK immigration office to ask what is required. I know you can get it re-issued but also think its on file digitally so he may not need it but worth he calling to find out and get an official response.

  210. PETER April 1, 2014 at 7:31 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    I am answering the question ‘Have you ever travelled outside your country of residence, excluding the UK, in the last 10 years?’ which i have.

    My question is, in 2010 I travelled to Hong Kong, then to Macau, and then back to Hong Kong again, all on the same day (5 stampls in my passport).

    Do I list Hong Kong twice for the same day?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM #

      Hi Peter, I’d just list it once. I doubt they even look over all of it that well so approximates should be fine.

  211. CHARA April 1, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Thanks for all of the advice and great information.

    I just had 2 questions/info:

    1) I am just wondering if anyone can share their experience in making their visa application at the new Visa Application Centre in Brisbane? I know they’ve only been open since the end of March. Is it correct that these new centres just remove the need to post off your application yourself…?

    2) My situation is as follows – I live in a regional area and have to organise flights to Brisbane for my biometric/visa processing appointment. I am looking to apply online in the next week and book my biometric for Monday 28th April. I fly out of AUS on Wednesday 25th June, so I will have approx. 8 weeks, or 38 business days to have my visa processed and returned to me with my passport. I have no criminal convictions and I satisfy the required funds etc. Do you think this is enough time?

    Any advice or info is appreciated.

    Thanks ☺

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 1, 2014 at 4:05 PM #

      Hi Chara, from what I gather the paperwork is now sent off by the visa office where you get your biometrics taken so you should be able to get it all on its way on the day of your appointment. Everything gets checked and verified and away you go. They do however charge you if you want it posted back to you as standard is pickup from the office. Also I believe you have to pay an extra fee at the Brisbane office in the vicinity of $100.

      Also 8 weeks is a huge amount of time to get your visa back, most have it back in 1-2 weeks on average.

      Love to hear how you get on when you do go for the visa appointment. I’m trying to get all the details together but its difficult when I’m not going through it like others are.

  212. KATE April 2, 2014 at 1:19 AM #

    Hi Aussie Nomad,

    Quick question which you have mentioned and have probably been asked a thousand times, but just wanting to know if I can apply more than 3 months before I intend to leave and what will happen if I do this?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 2, 2014 at 4:05 AM #

      Hi Kate, you can only apply 3 months before you want the visa to start so if you apply earlier it means your visa will start before you get there so you won’t have the full 2 years to live and work there.

  213. AL April 4, 2014 at 1:22 AM #

    I have got a email saying its been sent back from millian, how do I no if its approved.
    Fyi the tracking web site been down for weeks now

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 4, 2014 at 4:41 AM #

      Hi Al, I’ll assume you got an email from Manilla and not Millan otherwise I think you’ve applied for the wrong visa. If you got an email then all should be good and you would have been approved.

    • MARTIN April 4, 2014 at 4:47 AM #

      Al, your Visa is approved. When did you apply for it and take your biometrics/send your passport away please?

  214. JAY B April 4, 2014 at 6:02 AM #

    has anyone on here been refused a visa because of a drink driving conviction or are you aware of anyone Nomad?

  215. KATE April 4, 2014 at 7:45 AM #

    Hi there,
    I’m in the process of applying for the youth mobility visa at the moment – just wondering if the bank statement/letter can be emailed to me and then printed, or if it needs to be an original hard copy from the bank? Unfortunately my savings bank doesn’t have a branch in this state so I’m just looking to cut out the time it would take them to mail the letter to me..

    Also, I’m planning to get to the UK in May, work for a few months, then travel through Italy and France with a friend in August-September. I may also be travelling to Europe before then, around work. What do you suggest is the best way to go about this in terms of tourist visas for European countries? I’ve also heard the Schengen visa mentioned, but don’t know much about it. Could that be an option here?


    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 4, 2014 at 7:51 AM #

      Hi Kate, the bank statement needs to be an original I’m afraid so either printed from the bank and sent you to or by calling them and getting one mailed out directly. Printing it at home means anybody could do it and thus fake it.

      For travel in europe you are granted a tourist visa to the schengen area by default on entry as an Australian so no paperwork to do. This allows you to stay in any of the countries that make up the schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180 day period. So you could leave the UK in August and spend all of August, September and October in Europe before you’d need to return to the UK and wait 3 months before being allowed to enter again.

      hope that helps.

  216. BRYDIE April 4, 2014 at 11:07 PM #

    Hi aussie nomad, my partner and i are looking at getting a tier 5 so we can go shearing and wook roll8ng for 6-8weeks 8n scottland the do a contike through europe i think it will be fairly straight foqard me but am worried about my partners, he is currently 20yrs old but has charges from 17and under, ()drunken disorderly, obstructing a polive officer and theft, he actually went to juvy a youth prison, at 17he cleaned his act up and started work8ng and hasnt been in trrouble sincce, the police actually said to him you are lucky you are doing all this before your 18, ,i am wandering as he was a youth t a5 the time does he have to declare this??, am worried aboit the negative impact this may have as hes a really respectful to the law now

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 5, 2014 at 7:54 AM #

      Hi Brydie, I can’t remember the wording on the application but any criminal convictions need to be noted on your application regardless of when they were done I believe. You’d need to include court documents as well to save them from asking you have them and having it delay your application.

      To get an official answer I’d call the UK visa folks and check though as I’m just not 100% on the right answer.

  217. REBEKAH BROUGHTON April 6, 2014 at 1:51 PM #

    Hey, when I went for my appointment no one said anything about mailing things off, they just took my documents and that was it. My appointment was on 26th March 2014, has the process changed or have I stuffed up?

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM #

      Hi Rebekah, you’ve done nothing wrong. The process changed 2-3 weeks ago and I’m still trying to find out all the required information to get my guide updated. All is good for you so you can relax now.

      • REBEKAH BROUGHTON April 7, 2014 at 4:36 AM #

        Thank you so much for this blog, I’m 19 and moving to the UK for 2 years and it will be my first time travelling out of Australia, and this blog has helped me so much. Keep up the good work!

    • BHB April 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM #

      Hi Bek, I actually sent 2 envelopes ( 1 stamped ) but they weren’t needed, the Visa people took it & did it themselves.. Our Appt was the day before yours. We also thought :\ oops we stuffed up.. But all good 🙂

  218. LAUREN April 7, 2014 at 5:06 AM #


    Upon arrival to the UK on the tier 5 visa , Do you need to have a return flight home booked?

    Thanks 🙂

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 7, 2014 at 7:14 AM #

      HI Lauren, there is no need to have proof of return to Australia when entering while you visa is valid.

  219. BHB April 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM #

    Wish I came across this a few weeks ago. It was pure hell going thru this Visa stuff :\
    Its been just over 2 wks and fingers crossed we get it soon. My Son is booked on a flight on the 21st – he’s off the play Cricket in the UK

    • THE AUSSIE NOMAD April 8, 2014 at 1:45 AM #

      Hi BHB, normal processing time is around 2 weeks but with all the changes to the process in the last few weeks it’s anybodies guess it seems. I’m sure you’ll have the visa back shortly and your son will be set to go.

  220. SARAH April 8, 2014 at 10:28 AM #