Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

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

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

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


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

What You Get

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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309 Responses to Applying for UK Youth Mobility Visa

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

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

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

    First and foremost, great blog mate. Insightful.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

          Once again, fingers crossed this will work!

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

            Visa dispatched in 3 days! Yeah buddy!

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

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

            See you guys over there!

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

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


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

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

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

    Hi everyone,

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

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

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

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

    Appreciate any help on this!

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

    Hi Horto,

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Any help MUCH appreciated! 🙂

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

      Hi Karen,

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


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

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

        Thanks again!

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

        Hi Karen,

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

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

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

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

        Documents reqiured*
        1. You application form with Biometric stamp of approval on it.
        2. All your passports ( old and expired/ invalid)
        3. One color passport size photo with your name on the back (4.5cm*3.5cm). Check this link for more info on photographs :

        4.Proof of maintenance funds. Bank statements are the best. just get a recent bank statement which shows enough fund in your account at the time of application.
        5.VAF9-Appendix 7- self assessment form ( which is used to calculate your points.) The form is right here :

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



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

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

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


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

            Did you check if you can read the numbers ?

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

    Hi Kate,

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

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

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

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

      Thanks again,

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

    ARGH! HAHA, I’m at the end!

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

        Thanks for all the advice!

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

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

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

    Thanks in advance!

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

      28 days James

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

    Hi Guys,

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

    • LIN June 15, 2013 at 8:21 AM #

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    I had SO many problems with my application

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

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

    it was the last post before my flight went.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Hi everyone

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Cheers everyone 🙂

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

    Hi guys,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Does this Visa cover Scotland, specifically Glasgow?


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

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

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

    Hi there,

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

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

    Any advice?

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

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

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

    Hi There,

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

    • MAL August 15, 2015 at 4:14 AM #

      Hey this is an old comment but just wondering if you still need the VAF9 form appendix 7? I submitted everything today at my appointment but they didn’t ask me for it and I’ve been seeing mixed reviews about people bringing it and some people not needing it

      • THE AUSSIE NOMAD August 28, 2015 at 5:28 PM #

        Hi Mal, no that is an old form which is no longer required so you were all good.

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

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

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

    Hiya…Im Andy,

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

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

    Points Based System Visas

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

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

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

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

    thanks alot…great blog 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

    Hey Aussie Nomad!

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

    Cheers everyone!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

        Got my visa yesterday!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • JOYCE February 1, 2015 at 8:50 PM #

      Hey Liana! Just wondering if you’re a also a resident of the philippines (and as?) and if you can apply for the yes from manila??? x

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

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

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

    Hi Aussie nomad!

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

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

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

    Any help would be hugely appreciated.


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

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

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

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

    Hi there,

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

    Any helpful comments would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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

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

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

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

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

    Hi all,

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


    Linda x

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

      **accepted (auto type) 😛

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

    Hey Linda_x

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      hey Tara.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      Hope that helps.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sure thing, found that here:

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

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

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

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



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