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Youth Mobility Scheme Opening to Citizens of India and Iceland

Posted by: Gherson Immigration

The Youth Mobility Scheme is designed for those aged 18-30 who want to live and work in the UK. The main benefit being that there is no need for employer sponsorship.

In order to qualify for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa, you must be a national from a specific list of countries.

From 1 January 2022, India and Iceland will be added to this list, with 3,000 initial places to be allocated to India and 1,000 to Iceland. Indian nationals will be required to use the Home Office’s ballot process, as nationals of Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea already do, meaning that their odds of being selected for the Youth Mobility Scheme will be at random.

Youth Mobility Scheme Opening to Citizens of India and IcelandAdditional evidential requirements will also apply to Indian nationals, namely:

  1. To show that they hold an academic qualification equal to or above RQF Level 6, namely a UK Bachelor’s degree with honours; or
  2. To show that they have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in a skilled role as listed at Appendix Skilled Occupations.

Under the new Points Based System that came into effect from1 December 2020, individuals are able to make a leave to remain application within the UK to switch from the Youth Mobility Scheme to the Skilled Worker route.

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