Youth Mobility Scheme: second ballot is open from 24 to 26 July 2023

25 Jul 2023, 32 mins ago

The Youth Mobility Scheme visa allows nationals of participating countries to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years (3 years for some nationalities). For nationals of certain countries applicants must be selected from a ballot in order to apply.

Countries involved in the Youth Mobility Scheme include Australia, Canada, Monaco, San Marino and Iceland. Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan are also included the scheme, however, nationals wishing to apply from these countries  must be selected from a ballot.

For the latter group, the ballot initially opened for a couple of days in January 2023, and it is now open again from 24 to 26 July 2023. Applicants must first enter the ballot by sending an email to the Home Office. The Home Office will then select a specific number of applicants who will be able to proceed to the visa application stage.

There is a limited number of places available. For example, – only 1000 entries can be made by applicants from Taiwan in 2023. It has been reported that most applicants are usually chosen during the January ballot, and the remaining places are allocated in July.

Although the number of places available via the ballot is limited, the Home Office confirms that applicants are selected at random Therefore, it should not matter if you apply on 24, 25 or 26 July 2023. However, as the ballot only opens twice a year, it is advisable to get your ballot application in as soon as possible to avoid any problems. 

How Gherson can assist

Gherson’s Immigration Team are highly experienced in advising on UK visa matters. If you have any questions arising from this blog, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice, send us an e-mail, or, alternatively, follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram, or LinkedIn to stay-up-to-date.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please do not hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

©Gherson 2023