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Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) Visa

Due to our consulate jurisdiction, applicants who reside in northern Britain, (north of Durham, Cumbria, & Scotland) or the Isle of Man should make visas applications from Taipei Representative Office in the UK, Edinburgh Office



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. UK citizens physically residing in the UK;
  2. Have not obtained a YMS resident visa to the Republic of China (Taiwan) prior to this application;
  3. Between 18 and 30 years of age, inclusively;



Visa type:

YMS visa is a single entry resident visa valid for 3 months from the date of issue, the duration of stay in Taiwan is 1 year from the date of entry into the country.



What you need to do after entering ROC Taiwan:

YMS resident visa holders must enter Taiwan before the visa expiry date, and apply for a one-year Alien Resident Card (ARC) and a Re-entry Permit at local service centers of the National Immigration Agency within 15 days of entering Taiwan. For more information on ARC, please contact the authority directly.



How to submit your application:

Applicants may submit their YMS visa applications 2-10 weeks prior to scheduled arrival date.

  1. In person: during opening hours; no appointment needed
  • TRO opening hours: Monday to Friday, 0930am - 1230pm (last entry before 12pm)
  • Excluding bank holidays, Chinese New Year’s Day, and ROC National Day (10th October)
  1. By professional agent or a friend/family member: with agent’s original passport;
  2. By post



YMS Visa requirements:

  1. YMS Visa Application Form
  2. Permit Form
  1. ONLINE APPLICATION FORM for Working Holiday Application.
  2.  Permit Form
  3. All visa application forms must be filled out online, printed, signed and have a readable barcode on the first page
2. Two Color UK Passport Standard Photos Photos must be taken within the past 6 months on a plain white or light grey background and printed on photo paper.
3. Original UK Passport
  1. Passport must valid for at least one year from the date of the visa application and with more than one blank visa page.
  2. Applicants who recently renewed their passport within six months must also provide previous original passport.
  3. The original passport will be kept by the office for reviewing and processing.
4. Flight Ticket Confirmation or Reservation Flight itinerary or reservation must include the applicant’s name and the dates of arrival and departure.
5. Proof of Financial Support Bank Statement must include applicant’s name, issued by UK Banks in pound sterling, issued within one month, and cover the past 3 months.We do not accept balance in credit card allowance or account overdraft.Applicants can provide either:

  1. Bank statement with a balance of at least £1,600 and a return trip flight itinerary, or
  2. Bank statement with a balance of at least £2,200 and a one-way flight itinerary
6. Medical Travel Insurance A confirmation of medical travel insurance with applicant’s full name covering minimum of 4 months from the date of arrival.
7. Resume A simple education and employment history
  1. Visa Fee: £50 
  2. Payment Method


  1. Cash: only for submission in person.
  2. Postal Order: available from UK post office.
  3. Company Cheque: We do not accept personal cheques.
  4. Please make the postal order or company cheque payable to TRO in the UK  (A cheque with an incorrect account name will not be accepted).
9. Collection
  1. In person with the receipt during opening hours.
  2. By post (UK address only): Applicant must provide a self-addressed and pre-paid return envelope.
10. Processing Time
  1. 5 - 7 working days (excluding delivery)
  2. The office does not guarantee the processing time; individual cases may require longer periods, depending on circumstances.

The TRO reserves the right to request additional supporting documents, such as employment letter, school letter, police record or an interview etc., depending on the circumstances of each application after submission.



Important information:

  • Visa issuance is an act of sovereignty. The TRO has the right to withhold disclosure of further explanations regarding visa approval or declination in accordance with laws and international practices. Visa fee is non-refundable.


  • During processing, the visa officer may request further procedures or supporting documents, including document authentication and an interview.


  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all requirements as specified above have been fulfilled. Applications made without sufficient supporting documents will result in a delayed processing time or being denied a visa. Incomplete applications will be returned without processing.


  • The TRO does not accept responsibility for any service not provided by the TRO, such as those by the post office, delivery service providers, or agents hired by the applicant etc.




Consular Division
Taipei Representative Office in the UK
50 Grosvenor Gardens

Tel: +44(0)20-7881 2650




Working Holiday

Flowchart for YMS Visa Application

Permit Form