Holiday Visa - Working Holidaymaker Visa UK **NOTE - This is now
The Working Holiday Maker scheme allows a Commonwealth
citizen aged between 17 and 30 (inclusive) to immigrate to the United
Kingdom for an extended holiday of up to two years, with the intention
of taking paid work in Britain as a part of their working holiday visa.
Since February 2005, the scheme has been geared towards making the
employment undertaken incidental to the holiday of which it forms a
part, and not the key reason behind this type of UK visa application.
As a result, candidates may only work for 12 out of the 24 months duration
Additionally you may only switch to a UK work
permit application if the profession in which you have a job offer
features on the Skills Shortage Occupation List. However, switching
to the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme or HSMP is still permitted.
UK Immigration consultants at Global Visas
can provide a complete service including immigration lawyer expertise
to help you determine whether this route is right for you. We can assist
you at every stage of you relocation whichever immigration visa service
you choose and we can provide a complete package of on arrival services.
A working holidays visa differs from UK work
permits and skill based immigration services such as the Highly Skilled
Migrant Program, in that its main purpose is not to bring immigrants
to the country to fill job vacancies but to grant leave to enter the
UK to those interested in working overseas. Like similar schemes in
Commonwealth nations such as Australia, The scheme is intended primarily
as a holiday option, with the added advantage that for half of their
time in the United Kingdom, holidaymakers may earn money. Because of
the nature of this visa for working in the UK, no points assessment
is required and no specific job offer needs to be in place before you
can come to Britain, as would be the case with a UK working permit.
However, it is important to remember that this
route to the United Kingdom may only be issued once per person and
unlike a Work permit visa application to work in the UK, it cannot
be extended or repeated. The scheme is temporary in nature and will
not lead to indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR) often referred
to as UK permanent residence, nor will there be any progression towards
British naturalization through UK citizenship.
- You must be aged between 17 and 30 years, (inclusive)
- In order to be eligible for this type of UK work visa, applicants
must be able to fulfil the requirements set out below:
- Applicants must be either a commonwealth citizen, a citizen
of a British Dependent territory or a British overseas citizen.
- Employment must not be the primary motive for living and working
in the UK.
- You must be either single, or married to a person who qualifies
for the scheme in their own right and will be joining you on
the holiday. You do not have any dependant children who are either
over the age of five years, or will be before the holiday ends
- Like HSMP UK visas of this kind require you to be able to support
yourself throughout the duration of your holiday and for your
return trip, without recourse to public funding.
- You must intend to leave the country at the end of the duration
of your visa.
You may only work in Britain under this class
of British visa for immigration for a maximum period of two years from
the date you enter the country. Any time spent outside the country
during this period, once the permit has been granted, will be counted
as part of the two-year duration.
Visas for immigration to the UK of this kind
allow a holder to undertake most types of work whether paid or unpaid
voluntary work. However, working holidaymaker visa applicants are not
permitted to begin or run their own business venture or work as a professional
sportsperson. The itinerary of the holiday, in terms of when work is
undertaken and which parts of the 2-year duration constitute a holiday
are left entirely to the preference of the applicant. However, within
the 24 month period, it is only permitted to work a maximum of 12 months.
Spouse immigration is permitted under this
scheme, but your spouse or unmarried partner will need to qualify under
the regulations of the scheme in their own right. The scheme does not
work like a dependency visa or a marriage visa, based on being a partner
or dependant of someone with settled status as a permanent resident
of the United Kingdom. Each person embarking upon this immigration
service must be able to demonstrate that they independently satisfy
the conditions of the scheme.
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