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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Immigration Health Surcharge?
What is this business about a Biometric Residence Permit?

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I think I made a mistake with my youth mobility visa application, what do I do?
How do I know if they are out of spots? What if I waited too late in the year?!
The online application is asking for a UK address and phone number - what do I do?
When does my visa start? How far in advance can I apply?
I don't understand this bank statement date thing - why do I have to have the funds in my account for 30 days?
Can I enter the UK prior to the visa start date?
Does my TFSA (tax-free savings account) count towards my maintenance funds?
Can I work as a pharmacist/doctor/sportsperson? What restrictions are there on work?
I lost my old passport - what do I do?
I haven't heard about whether my visa has been issued. It's been two weeks and you got yours in a week! Does this mean I've been rejected?!
What if I become pregnant?
Do I need a return ticket?
Can I study while on this visa?
Is it possible to switch between visa types?
Do I need traveller's insurance?
Should I pay for priority service?
Do I have to disclose my traffic offences?
The Essential Youth Mobility Visa Handbook
 Why waste time sifting through 10 different resources when you can get it all in one place? The Essential Youth Mobility Visa Handbook: Everything Canadians Need to Know about Getting the Visa and Moving to the UK contains 56 pages of useful information that will help you make your dream of moving abroad a reality!

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Updated:  12 March 2017

249 thoughts on “UK Youth Mobility Visa for Canadians – Frequently Asked Questions”

  1. Hi,

    I’m applying at the VFS Global office in Toronto ~ I started my application months ago and some of the info on it has now changed and I was wondering if they would be able to change that at the appointment. I’m mainly concerned about the address to which they mail me my passport as I live in Montreal but I am flying out of Toronto and it would be really inconvenient to have to go back to Montreal to pick up my passport.

  2. Hi

    I’ve applied for the Tier 5 YMS. I received an email which said my application was successful and the passport was returned to me, however the visa is only valid for 6 months! Is this a mistake at their end as i only applied with the understanding it was for 2 years.

  3. Hi Alyssa,

    Thank you for posting this valuable information. I am turning 31 in June 2018. I just want to clarify that I will still be eligible to apply for visa up until my 31st birthday. Also, does this mean that I have to complete the application, pay for the fees and attend the appointment all before my 31st birthday or can my appointment be after?

    Thanks again

    1. Yes, yes, yes, no you can do the appointment after your birthday.

      Just a question, not just directed at you: Why are you all waiting until the last minute though?

      1. Thanks for your reply!

        I don’t plan to move until the end of the year and with the six month rule, I figured I can apply in May so that I can maximize the full 24 months, of the visa (assuming everything gets approved)

    1. Nope. Just give HMRC a call and let them know you’re leaving or try to get email notifications because I have seen instances of people having to pay back taxes after they left (of course you don’t have to pay them – as in no one will chase you up – but if you ever plan to go back for working or living, then you might want to anyway).

  4. Hello!!! After submitting I realized my bank statement doesn’t look official! TD for some reason didn’t have letterhead so they wrote me a letter and stamped it but DIDN’T put the account number on it! I also did a screenshot of my own online banking but didn’t get it stamped. WHAT IF I GET REJECTED BECAUSE OF THAT?

    1. Then you’ll have to resubmit it… Refer to this FAQ: I think I made a mistake with my youth mobility visa application, what do I do?

  5. does anyone know about travelling within the EU (Schengen) countries on the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa? Can I leave the UK to travel, and for up to how long, and are there restrictions on where I can go? I haven’t been able to find much information on this, aside from some Aussie posts that say you can travel outside of the UK for up to 90 days on the Tier 5 (which I assume would be the same for Canadians)… but would I be allowed to hypothetically move to France for a couple of months? Or visit Morocco for a weekend? What are the restrictions on movement or are there any? Or does it go back to your Canadian passport then…

    Super confused : x

    Any clarification would be helpful as I’m not sure where to go for answers


    1. You can go wherever your passport allows within its restrictions. Yes, you can go to France for two months but you can’t work there. You can’t exceed 90 days in the Schengen Zone. The YMS visa as multiple entry so you can go where you like.

      1. thanks! but if you go somewhere and stay there ( in the Schengen Zone ) for 90 days, can you come back again in like, 2-3 weeks… , or do you have to wait 90 days again before you re-enter / or is the multiple entry visa flexible enough to allow as many entries regardless of how long they are?
        and can you open a bank account there as a UK Tier 5er, like, so if a British person could open a bank account there as an EU national, could you open a bank account there as someone who’s technically in the UK for 2 years (would the same rights be extended to a Canadian in the UK) that is…

        also, my friend from NZ said it was up to 6 months , do you know where I could find the fineprint on this ? best *

        1. You can only spend 90 days in the Schengen Area in a period of 180 days. If you’re out 2 weeks, then you can go back for 2 weeks, not another 90 days. Multiple entry applies to UK only. It would depend on the bank and country. What is 6 months?

          1. oh, that you could stay out for 6 months (180 days in another country/travelling around Europe as opposed to 90 basically) — just a longer extended stay outside of the UK versus the 90 out of 180..

            also, I think I remember reading something on your blog about applying for an Australian working holiday while still on a UK work holiday visa (tier 5 youth), so that you could automatically go to Aus after the UK (not going back to Canada at all)..

            hypothetically, would this mean..say you went to France for 2 months, and decided you wanted to stay in France, could you apply for the work holiday visa in France, and transfer your UK to a France work holiday…like if you still had x amount of time remaining on your UK tier 5 visa, could you switch over to another tier 5, for another country…

  6. Hi 🙂

    I’m Susan,

    I’m a very stressed and confused about one factor of applying based on my age. Also, I really want to thank you for this site. It is extremely helpful!

    I’m 30 turning 31 on May 14th. I know I must apply before I turn 31. I know that once I apply I have six months from the date of my application to move.

    The information I’m confused about and can’t find an answer to is whether I have to be in London before I’m 31 to pick up the documents (not sure what they’re called) or if I can come while I’m 31 on my intended date of arrival (within six months).

    Please help! 🙁

      1. “Age 18-30 (you can apply at 17, but you must be 18 on or before the visa start date; you can move to UK at 31, as long as you were 30 on the date of the application)”

        Thank you for your speedy response.

        I do understand I can move when I’m 31, but I’ve been told there’s paper work I need to pick up before I turn 31 and then can move within the six time frame.

        Is there any truth to that or is it something you haven’t heard of?

        My friend did the visa two years ago at the age of 30 and said she had to come to London before she turned 31 to do so.

        Thank you again,

  7. Hi Alyssa,

    I’m a Canadian citizen who applied for my YMS visa outside of Canada. For some unknown reason, my visa has still not arrived after 15 working days, and so my stated “intended date of travel” has now passed. I read somewhere online that they consider your “intended date of travel” as the start date of your visa and your end date as exactly two years from that date. However, as I have still not received my visa after my intended date of travel, I’m confused as to when my visa will officially begin – would they a) provide me with a later date that they’ve deemed reasonable; or b) still use my original intended date of travel as the start date? I hope it’s not the latter as that would mean I end up getting a lot less than two years there…


  8. Hi Alyssa,
    I applied and got approved for the YMS, however Im unable to go during my intended travel date due to an sudden family emergency. I noticed you put “if you dont enter the UK you can re-apply”? Do you know if this still holds true? I called UK.GOV and they said you can only apply for the visa once, and if your approved you cant re-apply.


    1. Hi Dee,

      Sorry to hear that. That used to be the case, but I have a suspicion that may have changed with the introduction of the BRP card. With that said, a thorough read of the eligibility section of the guidance document says that to be eligible, the applicant “must not have spent time in the UK” on the visa. That says to me that as long as you don’t enter the UK on the YMS visa, you would be eligible to receive another. Just be sure to cancel your visa and BRP card collection if you decide not to go. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

  9. Hi Alyssa,

    I’m confused about the planned emoymemt question. I don’t have a job in the UK so what do I write in the question.

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