1. Youth Mobility Scheme Visa
Firstly, you may be familiar with the term Working Holiday, and that’s exactly what this visa is. The Youth Mobility Scheme is an agreement between Canada and the United Kingdom. This scheme allows youth between the ages of 18 and 30 to live and work in either country for up to two years. Canadians can work in the UK, and UK citizens can come to Canada. This agreement is part of a Canadian Government program called International Experience Canada. It provides Canadian youth with opportunities to live, work, and travel abroad. Through this program, Canadians are able to live and work abroad in over 30 countries and obtain a UK visa from Canada.
The Youth Mobility Visa costs £244 and is available to Canadians beginning on their 18th birthday until their 31st birthday. If you turn 31 while you are living in the UK on this visa, that’s okay. You can stay until your visa expires.
However, you can only get this UK visa from Canada once in your lifetime. It’s best to use the Youth Mobility Visa if you are planning an extended trip, not a short holiday. You may enter the UK on this visa as many times as you like, meaning you can travel around Europe while you’re living in the UK. If you are studying in Canada, you could even work in the UK for a summer, then return the following summer. This is a popular option for participants of our UK Camp Job program.
What Can You Do With a Youth Mobility Visa?
On this visa, you can work in most jobs (with the exception of professional athletes, doctors and dentists in training). You can also study most courses (with a few exceptions as well).
Interested to work in the UK with the Youth Mobility Visa? Check out our complete guide for Canadians applying for the Youth Mobility Visa here.
Did you know Canadians can work in Ireland too? Learn about the Working Holiday Visa in Ireland for Canadian citizens.