Working Holiday Visa UK For Australians

Wanting to travel to the United Kingdom for work and pleasure, well you can as an Australian citizen you may be eligible to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. To do so, you must be able to meet its requirements, provide your ID documents, and meet the costs.

If you need urgent assistance on your application for the UK’s Youth Mobility Scheme. Speak to an experienced immigration attorney at Total Law for the best advice. Contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online so we can schedule a consultation.

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    An Overview Of The UK Working Holiday Visa For Australians

    The Working Holiday Visa UK for Australian citizens, now referred to as the Youth Mobility Scheme, is a cultural exchange program that allows young Australians between the ages of 18-35 to live, work, and travel freely around the United Kingdom.

    It has helped deepen the relationship between the two countries by enabling Australians to experience life in another country.

    It helps to:

    • Foster cultural exchange between UK citizens and Australians.
    • Allow Australians to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.
    • Allow Australians to gain work experience in various approved job roles.

    It is important to note, that as of July 1, 2024, the UK’s Youth Mobility Visa now allows Australians to stay in the UK for up to 24 months, up from only 12 months previously.

    The eligible age range has also increased, now Australian passport holders from the ages of 18 and 35 years can apply, the previous limit was 30 years old.

    In this guide, we cover the eligibility requirements, and the steps involved in how to submit your application, including what documents you will need to fulfil, and what fees you must pay.

    If you need help with your visa applications, reach out to an immigration advisor from Total Law. Contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or message us online.

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    UK Working Holiday Visa Requirements

    When applying, Working Holiday subclass 417 Visa applicants will need to ensure they fulfil the eligibility requirements. They typically include;

    • Being aged between 18 and 35 years old at the time of your application.
    • Hold a valid Australian passport with enough validity left to accommodate your stay.
    • Having at least £2,530 (AUD $4,900) in savings in a bank account in your name.
    • Having a valid return ticket back to Australia or the money to purchase one.
    • Agreeing not to bring any dependent children or family members.
    • Not have previously entered the UK on a subclass 417 or 462 visa.
    • Be in good health and have no criminal convictions.

    While not mandatory, even though you will have to pay a healthcare surcharge to the UK Home Office. It is highly recommended to have private medical insurance as well to cover anything the NHS does not. You will also need to provide a recent police check certificate.

    Documents Needed To Apply

    Before applying, all Working Holiday Visa applicants will need to fulfil a list of key documents, they must be up-to-date, valid and they are in English. If they are not it is important to get them renewed and if needed, translated into English by a certified translator.

    Here are the essential items you’ll need to submit:

    • Your Australian Passport, with at least 6 months validity left.
    • Your passport must have some blank pages for visa entry and exit stamps.
    • Evidence you have at least £2,530 (approximately AUD $4,900) available in a bank account to cover your daily living expenses until you find a job.
    • Have a return ticket booked back to Australia or the money available to buy one.
    • The UK authorities may also request a police check from Australia.

    It is also worth mentioning that these requirements may change, so before planning your journey check the latest information on the UK Visas and Immigration website. Or call Total Law at +44 (0)333 305 9375 so we can help you with your Youth Mobility Scheme application.

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      How To Apply For A UK Working Holiday Visa From Australia

      To apply for a Working Holiday Visa to come to the UK, follow these steps.

      Step 1: First, Check Your Eligibility:

      Before you begin applying for this visa, double-check that you can meet the eligibility criteria. This includes:

      • Being aged between 18 and 35 years old.
      • Holding a valid Australian passport.
      • Being in good health.

      Step 2: Gather The Required Documents:

      Your next step is to prepare the documents including your Australian passport, and check it has a good amount of time left before it expires. Prepare your bank account documents.

      You must also book or plan to book your return flight back to Australia, so you’ll need proof of this booking. Additionally, you need a high-quality digital photo that meets the UK Visas and Immigration specifications. These are currently:

      • The minimum size is between 600 x 750 pixels.
      • Photo file size must be between 50 KB – 10 MB.
      • The image file format must be either JPG or JPEG.

      Step 3: Apply For The Visa Online:

      The next step is to create an account at the UK’s Visa and Immigration online portal. After doing this, choose your visa and complete the application form.

      Make sure you take your time to read it thoroughly and answer the questions accurately. After that, you will need to upload your documents and make sure they are in the correct format.

      After completing the form for the visa you are required to upload your documents and they must be in the correct format. Make sure to double-check everything before moving on.

      Step 4: Pay The Visa Application Fee:

      Once you complete the application form and upload your documents, you will need to pay the application fee. The application fee is £298.

      Step 5: Biometric Enrolment (if required):

      You might need to attend an appointment at your local visa application centre in Australia. Where you’ll need to provide your fingerprints and a photograph as part of the application.

      Step 6: Wait For A Decision:

      After completing your application for the youth mobility visa UK, you’ll need to wait for a decision, if you have done everything right you can expect to receive it within 3 weeks.

      Once it has been processed, the UK Home Office will contact you with their decision. If they request further information make sure to be prompt in your reply, so as not to add more time.

      If successful, you will be notified of where and when to pick up your new visa. If it was rejected they will let you know the reasons for this and how you can appeal.

      The Processing Time And Visa Fees

      Processing times can vary based on the current workload of the UK’s Immigration and the complexity of your application. Other factors that can affect this, include:

      • When applying during peak seasons when there are high volumes of applications.
      • If there are additional requirements or you have not provided all of the documents.
      • If you need to attend a biometric appointment, it can add additional time to book this to be done and the overall process.

      It is worth noting, that as of October 2023, the UK Visas and Immigration website states it aims to process 90% of applications within 3 weeks.

      If you wish to speed up the time it takes there are a number of things you can do. Firstly, for an additional fee, you can opt for priority processing, for this you’ll need to pay £500. It is also wise to start preparing for it well before you plan to go to the UK.

      In some cases, the UK Home Office may request additional information from you. If so, make sure to respond to them as quickly as possible. You must also:

      • Ensure you include all of the documents
      • Ensure they meet the format requirements.
      • Complete all sections of the online application form.

      Length Of Stay On A UK Working Holiday Visa

      If you are awarded the UK Youth Mobility Scheme Visa, it means you can stay and work in the UK legally for up to two years. For example, if you arrive in the UK on January 1st, 2025, your visa will expire on December 31st, 2026, which is exactly 24 months later.

      Also, with the Working Holiday Visa (Mobility Scheme visa) you can only work for the same employer for six months in total during the 24 months.

      For example, Working Holiday Visa holders can work for one employer for six months, at which point they must then switch jobs to another employer for six months, and so on.

      You cannot extend this permit either, so if you wish to stay longer you will need to apply for another visa. Some of the suitable visas include the UK Ancestry Visa, the Skilled Worker Visa, and the Student Visa.

      Which visa you are able to apply for will ultimately depend on your circumstances, what skills you have, and your plans in the UK.

      Our Immigration Team Can Help You

      If you’re an Australian and you want to apply for the Working Holiday Visa UK, our immigration lawyers are here to assist you.

      We can help guide you through the application process, ensuring you have the documents needed. They are correctly filled out and most importantly they are submitted on time.

      With our many years of expertise on immigration matters and especially helping Australians move around the globe, we can help you get on the Youth Mobility Scheme program.

      Our main services include:

      • Gather the documents and evidence needed to apply.
      • Check if your documents meet immigration standards.
      • If it gets declined, we can help you submit an appeal.
      • Help you apply for visa extensions or transitions to other visas.

      To reach out to Total Law’s immigration team regarding your working holiday visa UK application, simply contact us at +44 (0)333 305 9375 or visit our website and leave a message. We are ready to answer your questions or any concerns you might have.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                While on a Working Holiday visa in the UK, your income will be subject to both British and Australian tax laws. It’s crucial to understand how these before you travel to ensure you comply with both countries’ tax regulations without doing this could land you in trouble.

                Having held a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme visa doesn’t directly lead to British citizenship. To become eligible for British citizenship through naturalisation, one typically needs indefinite leave to remain (ILR) status after residing lawfully in the country for several years.

                No, you generally won’t have access to the NHS for free. As an Australian citizen, you will be required to pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £776 per year if you plan to spend more than six months living and working in the United Kingdom

                Unfortunately, Australians over 40 are not eligible for the UK Youth Mobility Scheme. Still, there are several other opportunities for them to live and work in the UK. Some possibilities include applying for the Skilled Worker Visa, but they must have a job offer from a UK employer.

                They can also apply for the UK Investor Visa but must be able to invest at least £2 million in the UK economy. However, it does offer a pathway for them to become a UK passport holder. Other visas include the Global Talent Visa, Intra-Company Transfer Visa or the Ancestor Visa.