Changes to the UK Youth Mobility Scheme from 31 January 2024

25 Jan 2024, 03 mins ago

As the calendar turned to 2024, the UK Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) is set for an update. This scheme is a gateway for young individuals from certain countries to experience life and work in the UK.

Uruguay becomes the first South American nation to join the YMS family, opening its doors to 500 nationals.

The scheme, which typically covers individuals aged 18-30, will now extend its age limit to 18-35 for Australian, Canadian, and South Korean nationals. Australians and Canadians will also have the option to extend their visa by an additional year, providing an opportunity to stay in the UK for up to 3 years.

Japan and South Korea are witnessing a boost in allocated places, eliminating the need for these nationals to enter a ballot for application. The total spots for Japanese participants will surge from 1,500 to 6,000. Furthermore, for Japanese and South Korean citizens the requirement for an invitation to apply is lifted.

As anticipated, Andorra is set to join the YMS, allowing up to 100 nationals aged 18-30 to work and reside in the UK.

At Gherson, we welcome these changes and view them as a positive commitment to fostering global connections, encouraging and providing youth around the world with a more accessible way to explore and contribute to the UK.

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