January 2016 saw the number of Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa places for Australians increase by 20% to 45,500. However, despite the UK welcoming overseas youths with open arms, there’s a growing divide between Australia and the UK, according to some politicians.

With the impending EU referendum on everyone’s lips, the potential ramifications of a yes or no vote are currently being discussed in Oz. Although a million (not literally) miles from Europe, former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott recently called for his country’s political system to be more "Jakarta" and less "Geneva".

The implication is that Australia is starting to have less in common with Europe and, should the UK decide to stay in the EU, it could mean fewer Aussies relocating to the UK. As ever, data on the topic of migration is mixed. According to some sources, migration reached record levels in August 2015 with 330,000 officially crossing into the UK.

Numbers Still Strong Regardless

However, as cited in January 2015, the number of people becoming naturalised as British citizens dropped to its lowest level for more than a decade in August 2014. What this seems to suggest is that migration isn’t static and the numbers will always fluctuation regardless of politics

So what are we to make of this with regards to Tier 5 Youth Mobility? The government’s review of migration in 2015 found that 14,000 Aussies relocated to the UK last year and that number is expected to increase in 2016.

This would suggest that the UK is still a desirable destination for Aussies of all persuasions. Regardless of the country’s place in the EU, the combination of healthy migration figures and an increase in Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa places means that the number of Aussie migrants will continue to grow this year.

Tier 5 Visa Essentials at YDVISAS

If this is the case, then you need to know the rules and regulations if you’re fixing up the UK as a temporary home and you’re aged between 18 and 30.

With this in mind, here’s a breakdown of the facts you need to know if you want a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa:

  • You want to live and work in the UK for up to two years
  • You are aged 18 to 30
  • You have £1,890 in savings
  • You come from: Australia, Canada, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea or Taiwan.

YDVISAS specialise in all visa categories and are specialist immigration lawyers in the UK. Please contact the expert team at YDVISAS, should you need any professional help with your visa application.

Disclaimer: The material contained in this article is for general information only, and is not intended as a substitute for professional advice. Readers should seek an appropriate professional for advice regarding their particular circumstances.
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