What visa do I need for a Working Holiday in the UK?

22 Nov 2023, 27 mins ago

The United Kingdom does not offer a specific working holiday visa programme like some other countries such as Australia or Canada.

However, if you are a national of certain countries, and satisfy various other eligibility requirements, you may be able to apply for a Youth Mobility visa which can offer a similar experience. Visa and immigration policies are subject to frequent change, so it is important to check the latest updates on the official UK government website, or consult with the nearest UK embassy or consulate.

The best time to work in the UK depends on your personal preferences and circumstances. It is recommended to consider factors such as the type of work you are looking to undertake, the weather and seasons in the UK, and any specific events or festivals you might want to experience.

If you are planning to work during your holiday in sectors such as hospitality or tourism, it is common for these industries to be busier during certain times of the year, such as the summer months. However, this can also mean more competition for jobs. On the other hand, if you have a specific job or industry in mind, it is advisable to research the demand and hiring cycles for that sector.

Always ensure that you plan ahead, check visa requirements, and have a clear understanding of the job market and living conditions in the UK before making any decisions. Additionally, consider the impact of any travel restrictions or requirements that may be in place, especially considering the dynamic nature of global events.

Youth Mobility Scheme:

This visa is open to citizens of a limited number of nations and can only be obtained once. You may be interested in exploring this option, if it is applicable to you. The UK Youth Mobility Scheme visa is granted for up to two years and allows young people to live and work in the UK.

To be eligible for this visa, among other things, you must be aged between 18 and 30 (or 18 to 35 if you are from New Zealand) and demonstrate that you have savings of at least £2,530 to support yourself.

From 31 January 2024, nationals of Australia and Canada will enjoy the expansion of the age bracket to 35 years of age, and nationals of Andorra and Uruguay (aged 18 to 30) will become eligible to apply for a visa under the Scheme.

The Youth Mobility visa permits the holder to do the following: 

  • Study; but please note that some courses will require you to provide an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate.
  • Work in most jobs.
  • Be self-employed and establish a business subject to certain conditions.

The Youth Mobility visa holders are not allowed to do the following:

  • Work as a professional sportsperson (coach, for example)
  • Extend your stay (unless you are from New Zealand)
  • Obtain government funding
  • Include family members in your application; they will need to submit separate applications.

How Gherson can assist

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