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How to Apply for your Youth Mobility Visa

Mitch Jones is one of our Australian based consultants with Protocol Education. In his latest blog he writes about why now is the most popular time for Aussies to start looking into their Youth Mobility Visa application.


We’ve just ticked over into October which generally means two things; Coles & Woolies will start putting Christmas themed items on the shelves and it is the perfect time for most teachers to start looking at applying for your Youth Mobility Visa!


Many Aussie teachers begin their UK working holiday & teaching experience in January & February each year for two main reasons:


1) The end of our own academic year
2) They are well into the UK school year which means it is INCREDIBLY busy for work!


Teachers often have Christmas and/or New Years at home and then jump on the plane within the first 6 weeks or so of the new calendar year. New year & new start in a new country!

The Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa (or working holiday visa) is available to nearly all Aussies under 31; you can read more about it here. It lasts for 2 years, you can work as much as you like and you can enter & leave the UK as often as you like during this two year period. Importantly however is that you can only begin the application process within 3 months of your intended arrival date.   This means if that you are looking to arrive in the UK between now and the 6th January you can officially start the process.

If you are looking to leave between now and February then you should definitely be looking into the application process and understanding what is involved. It always involves a trip to get your fingerprints scanned at the nearest UK visa office which, in most cases, is your nearest capital city. The paperwork itself can take 3-4 weeks so it is a very time sensitive document – make sure you start the application process on time!

There are 4 basic steps in applying for the Youth Mobility visa:

1) Visit to see what paperwork you need
2) Begin the application process at
3) Visit your nearest visa office to undergo fingerprint scans
4) Leave your paperwork with them to send away for processing


Finally – AND MOST IMPORTANTLY – you need to be ready to arrive in the UK within 30 days of your official visa start date (which is why they recommend you secure your visa first and then book your flights.) When you receive your visa in Australia it is only temporary and lasts for 30 days. Once you arrive in the UK you then have 10 days to collect your full visa (which lasts for 2 years) so you need to make sure you do not make any extensive travel plans until you collect this full visa upon your arrival in the UK.


Confusing? Yet bet! That is why you need to make contact with your local Australian based Protocol consultant now so we can help you through the process! Give us a call on 1800 246 436, email at or submit a quick online inquiry and we’d be happy to help with any visa questions.

Tags: Youth Mobility Visa, Mitch, Visa Application

Category: Australian Teachers

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