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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

229 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)

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