The UK has finally launched its new immigration scheme for eligible Indians – with 2400 visas being on offer in the first ballot. The best part- the ballot is free to enter and you don’t require a sponsor or a job offer to apply for the visa.
A ballot for the UK-India Young Professional Scheme will open at the end of this month, according to the UK government.
The scheme, which was launched last month, will allow Indians between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to two years.
Your visa allows you to enter and leave the UK whenever you like, as long as it remains valid throughout your stay.
To apply for the Young Professionals Scheme, eligible candidates must submit their interest by entering a ballot between 28 February and 2 March, India’s British High Commission said.
“Before you can apply for this visa, you must be selected for the India Young Professionals Scheme. For entry into the ballot, you must declare that you are eligible – check if you’re eligible before you enter,” according to the British government announcement.
Candidates who do not succeed on the first ballot can apply for ( Youth mobility visa UK ) the second ballot, which is tentatively scheduled for July.
To be eligible for the visa, you must:
You must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and an Indian national or citizen
To travel to UK, you must be at least 18 years old
The candidate must possess at least a bachelor's degree
Your savings are £2,530, so you can support yourself in the UK
You do not have children under 18 who live with you or who are financially dependent on you
How to apply
Enter the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot if you are eligible.
Upon successful completion of the ballot, you will receive an invitation to apply for a visa.
Prepare the documents that you need to apply for.
You can apply for a visa under the India Young Professionals Scheme.
When should you apply ?
If you are successful in the ballot, you will need to apply for your visa ( Youth mobility visa UK ) by the deadline on your invitation to apply. After you receive the invitation, you usually have 30 days to respond.
After applying for a visa, you must travel to the UK within six months.
As part of your application, you will need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
In the event you need an appointment, you may need to allow extra time. When you start your application, you’ll find out if one is required.
How much will it cost ?
The application fee has been set at GBP 259 per person and additional fees involved are a GBP 940 healthcare surcharge and evidence that the applicant has personal savings of GBP 2,530.