From 1 January 2012 Taiwan has joined as an additional country on the list of UK’s Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. Previously the countries that were already on the list of Youth Mobility Scheme were Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Monaco.
The scheme is for young people of these participating nations on the list who want come and to UK to experience living here. This replaced the previous Working Holiday Maker Scheme which enabled young people of commonwealth nations to come to UK for upto 2 years. The list of countries in the Working Holiday Maker was far more than the current six nations participating in the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.
Every year the government sets a limit on the number of places on the Youth Mobility Scheme for each country and territory. Taiwan, Japan and Monaco shall each receive 1,000 places. This matches the reciprocal arrangements of the number of places offered to British Citizens on their schemes.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand also match the number of visas issues to British Citizens on their reciprocal schemes last year. Canada offered 5000 places, Australia 32,500 and New Zealand 10,000 places.
From 1 January 2012 the immigration rules have been amended to reflect Taiwan being added to Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme.