Changes to the Youth Mobility Scheme

14 Nov 2023, 07 mins ago

What is the Youth Mobility Scheme and who currently benefits from it?

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa allows holders to live and work in the UK for up to two years (or up to three years if you are from New Zealand), study, be self-employed, and establish a company (subject to meeting certain requirements). The Youth Mobility Scheme only applies to certain nationalities. In this blog, we will review who may be eligible for a Youth Mobility visa and discuss the upcoming updates to this scheme.

Currently, if you are a citizen of Australia, Canada, Monaco, San Marino, or Iceland, you may be eligible to apply under this scheme. It is important to note that you should be between 18 to 30 years of age.

If you are within this age bracket and a national of Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan you may also be able to apply. However, you must first participate and be selected in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot. Information on how to enter the ballot and ballot opening timelines can be found here.

If you are a British overseas national, British overseas citizen or a British overseas territories citizen, you are also eligible to apply under this scheme without having to enter the ballot as specified above.

If you are an Indian national, there is a different scheme you can apply under called ‘India Young Professionals’. It has its own set of eligibility requirements, but they are somewhat similar to the Youth Mobility Scheme.

What changes come into effect on 31 January 2024?

From 31 January 2024, we expect to see further expansion of the scheme to include nationals of Andorra and Uruguay. In addition, if you are from Australia or Canada, the upper age limit will be raised to make the scheme accessible to those between the ages of 18 and 35, as is already the case for nationals of New Zealand. The age bracket will, however, remain the same (i.e., 18 to 30 years of age) for other eligible nationalities. This is a welcome change to many people across the globe who will soon be able to enjoy access to the Scheme.

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