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Updated July 2023

The India Young Professionals Scheme visa was introduced by the UK government to reinforce the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership. This visa offers Indian nationals or citizens aged 18 to 30, who possess eligible qualifications, an excellent opportunity to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

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Read on as Wego dives into everything you need to know while applying for the UK Young Professionals Scheme visa.

UK Young Professionals Scheme news

The UK Government had recently announced the opening of the second ballot for the Young Professional Scheme. Inviting Indian citizens aged 18-30 to apply, the British High Commission in India mentioned in a tweet that the deadline for the ballot applications is 27 July 2023 till 1:30 PM (IST).

 

UK Young Professionals Scheme

Introduced by the UK government,  the India Young Professionals Scheme visa offers Indian citizens aged 18 to 30 an opportunity to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

The British government, while revealing this initiative, emphasized that India is the initial country with visa-national status to be granted access to this program, underscoring the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership established in the previous year.

Eligibility

To be eligible for an India Young Professionals visa, applicants must:

  • be an Indian national or citizen between 18 and 30 years old
  • be at least 18 years old on the date they plan to travel to the UK
  • have any one of the following:
    • a qualification at bachelor’s degree level or above, or
    • an equivalent overseas qualification at degree level or above
  • have GBP 2,530 (INR 2,67,347) in savings to support themselves in the UK. Please note that applicants are required to have the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
  • not have any children under the age of 18 who live with them or who they are financially responsible for

Please note that you must first apply to and be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot before you can apply for your Young Professionals visa. Furthermore, you cannot apply if you have already been in the UK under this scheme or the Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

Documents required

The following are some of the documents required to apply for a Young Professionals Scheme visa. Please note that if the following documents are not in English or Welsh, you will also need to provide a certified translation:

  • a valid passport with a blank page or other document to prove your identity and nationality.
  • evidence that you have at least GBP 2,530 (INR 2,67,347) in your bank account, for example, bank statements
  • evidence of your qualifications to prove that you have a qualification at a bachelor’s degree level or above. Please note that your college or university will need to provide written confirmation that you:
    • completed your studies
    • graduated with the required qualification
  • your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re living in India or another listed country
  • a police report or clearance certificate from India

Please note that you may be required to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances. The Home Office will contact you if you need to provide more evidence.

UK Young Professionals Scheme ballot

To apply for the Young Professionals visa, Indian nationals or citizens must first apply to and be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot. You can enter the ballot if you’re an Indian citizen and you’re eligible for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

To enter a ballot, you will need to provide your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • passport details
  • a scan or photo of your passport
  • phone number
  • email address

At the ballot, the successful entries are picked at random. You will be sent the results via email within 2 weeks of the ballot closing.

The Young Professionals Scheme ballot is free to enter. However, you should only enter if you plan to apply for the Young Professionals visa, which costs £259 and are able to meet the financial, educational and other requirements.

Please note that you can only submit one entry per person for each ballot. Any further attempts to enter will not be counted.

Successful entries:

Applicants who are successful in the ballot will be invited to apply for a Young Professionals visa.

Applicants have 30 days from the date of the email to apply online and pay the visa application fee and immigration health surcharge. However, in case you are successful in the ballot but choose not to apply for the visa, there is no need to inform the authorities about this.

Unsuccessful entries:

The results of the ballot are final, and applicants cannot appeal if they are unsuccessful.

Please note that you can enter future ballots if you’re unsuccessful.

Ballot date

The UK Government recently announced the opening of the second ballot for the Young Professional Scheme, inviting Indian citizens aged 18-30 with a graduate or post-graduate qualification to apply.

As stated by the British High Commission in India, the deadline for applications was 27 July 2023, till 1:30 PM (IST). However, the 2023 India Young Professionals Scheme ballots have now been closed.

Please note that around 3,000 places were available for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa in 2023.

Next ballot date

The next ballot date for the Young Professionals Scheme visa in 2024 has not been announced yet. However, as per the authorities, the news announcing the next ballot date will be published on the UK Visas and Immigration website (GOV.UK).

Please note that we will update the information as and when released by the officials.

UK Young Professionals Scheme application

To apply for the Young Professionals Scheme visa, you must first be successfully selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot.

After being selected in the Young Professionals Scheme ballot, you can apply for the visa by following the steps given below:

Proving your identity and supporting documents

As part of the application, you will be required to prove your identity. The procedure usually depends on where you are from and what type of passport you have

You will either:

  • have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre to get a biometric residence permit
  • use the ‘UK Immigration: ID Check’ app to scan their identity document. You are also required to create or sign into their UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) account

Please note that you will be told what you need to do when you apply.

In case you do need an appointment:

  • the centre may need to keep your passport and documents while they process your application
  • you may have to travel to get to your nearest visa application centre (this could also be in another country).

Applying for the UK Young Professionals Scheme visa

To apply for the Young Professionals Scheme visa, follow the steps given below:

  • visit the GOV.UK website
  • fill in all the required details
  • sign in to your account using the link from your sign-up email, and continue and complete your application.

Once you have applied online, proved your identity, and provided your documents, you will most likely get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks via email.

Please note that you will be contacted if the decision on your application takes longer for the following reasons:

  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend an interview
  • your personal circumstances, for example, in case of a criminal conviction

After applying

After applying for the Young Professionals Scheme visa, you can ask to cancel the application. However, you will only get your fee refunded if the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has not started processing your application.

Please note that you will receive an email containing the decision on your application. The email will further explain what you need to do next.

UK Young Professionals Scheme fee

Applicants will need to:

  • pay the application fee of  GBP 259 (INR 27,390)
  • pay a healthcare surcharge of GBP 940 (INR 99,409)
  • prove you have GBP 2,530 (INR 2,67,347) in personal savings

 

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