Can I extend my Youth Mobility visa? 

01 Feb 2024, 04 mins ago

The United Kingdom’s Youth Mobility Scheme provides a valuable opportunity for young individuals to explore life in the UK.

However, as participants approach the end of their visa period, a common question arises, “Can I extend my Youth Mobility visa?” In this blog post, we will explore the regulations surrounding the extension of the Youth Mobility visa and provide clarity on the limitations of the process.

Understanding the Youth Mobility Visa Limits:

Whilst the UK Youth Mobility Scheme offers a unique chance for young people aged 18 to 30 (or aged between 18-35 for certain nationalities) to live and work in the UK for up to two years, it is crucial to recognise that, under current rules, extending the UK Youth Mobility visa beyond its validity period is not possible. The only exceptions in this regard are made for nationals of New Zealand, Australia and Canada. Participants hailing from New Zealand, Australia and Canada have the option to extend their UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa for an additional year.

Although the Youth Mobility visa has its limitations, individuals may explore alternative immigration routes to continue their stay in the UK. This could involve applying for a different type of visa, such as a skilled worker visa or a student visa, based on individual eligibility and circumstances.


Whilst extending the UK Youth Mobility visa beyond its validity period is not an option under the current rules, participants can make the most of their remaining time in the UK and plan for a smooth transition. Understanding the limitations, adhering to immigration regulations, and exploring alternative immigration routes can help individuals continue their journey in the UK in compliance with the law. As one chapter closes, new opportunities and adventures may await on the horizon.

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on XFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

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