Q. Will the UK government’s new Points Based System mean that my kid brother will not be able to apply for a Working Holiday Maker Visa next year?
A. The short answer is he probably can – the new Points Based System (PBS) is divided into 5 tiers with different tiers coming into force at different times. Both UK Tier 2 Visa for skilled employees and Tier 5 Visa for Youth Mobility & Temporary Workers are due to come into force at the end of November 2008.
When it is introduced anyone who would have previously applied for a Working Holiday Maker visa will have to apply for a Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa and one of the major differences will be that it will only apply to nationals of countries that have a reciprocal agreement with the UK government to allow young UK nationals to enjoy similar opportunities in participating countries.
This may mean that some previously eligible nationals will no longer be able to apply for this visa if there is no such agreement between their county and the UK.
In most cases individuals will need to be sponsored by their national government as part of a quota system. Tier 5 is a short-term immigration category and you will be expected to leave the UK when your permission to stay ends. People who have already had a Working Holiday Maker visa cannot obtain a Tier 5 visa.
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