Used to cater for South Africans below the age of 30 looking to work and travel (gap year).
**Stopped in Nov 2009**
Please note that this visa is no longer available to South Africans. This visa category has been replaced by a point based visa system and is now known as the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme
Further explanation of the change can be found on our “Working Holiday Maker” page.
This product catered for South African nationals (in South Africa) looking to apply for gap year work opportunities in the UK.
This visa catered for South Africans that wanted to live and work in the UK. The terms of this visa is that South Africans needed to work incidental to travels – ie work in order to travel.
The 2 year Workinh Holiday Maker visa was issued for a set duration of 24 months. That is a set start date and a set end date.
Not granted. This Business Visitor visa does not grant settlement rights. Time spent in the UK does not count toward earning British nationality.
Not Permitted. Immediate family members (married like partner and minors) are not permitted to join the main applicant and merely need to apply for their own leisure Visitor visas.
3 months. From the date of submission, applicants experience an average of 60 working day processing times. There are means to speed this processing time (at additional cost).
Most of these cases are refused based on applicants demonstrating no intent to return, insufficient or conflicting information. Criminal history is also a major factor that is taken into consideration with these cases.
This visa serves to grant South Africans permission to frequently enter the UK for the duration of its validity (therefore multiple entry is automatically granted). The complication though is that this visa strictly prohibits change of intent once in the UK (therefore applicants cannot try and change their visa status or intent once they get into the UK). Further to this, extension of the permitted stay in the UK is not easily granted.
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