UK announces dates for Young Professionals Scheme ballot: Eligibility, documents, and how to apply

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US Home Office has released details relating to the India Young Professionals Scheme Visa. The scheme is reopening for a second ballot on 25 July 2023 and closes on 27 July 2023. An India Young Professionals Scheme visa allows Indian citizens between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

You must be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot before you can apply for this visa. To enter the ballot you must declare that you’re eligible for the visa – check if you’re eligible before you enter.

One needs to pay the application fee of £259, a healthcare surcharge of £940 and prove you have £2,530 in personal savings. The application fee will not be refunded if the application is rejected. One would be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months. One can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay. If you turn 31 after your visa is issued, you can stay in the UK for as long as your visa is valid.

To be eligible for the visa, you must be an Indian citizen between 18 and 30 years old. The applicant must have an eligible qualification and have £2,530 in savings.

How to apply:
If you’re eligible, enter the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot.
If you’re successful in the ballot, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for the visa.

When to apply for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa:
If you’re successful in the ballot you’ll need to apply for your visa by the deadline given in your invitation to apply. This is usually 30 days after you get the invitation. You must travel to the UK within 6 months of applying for your visa.

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Documents you must provide:
A valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality.
Evidence that you have at least £2,530 in your bank account, for example bank statements.
Evidence of your qualifications.
Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re living in India or another listed country.
A police report or clearance certificate from India – check how to apply for criminal records checks.

After you apply:
You can ask to cancel your application. You’ll only get your fee refunded if UKVI has not started processing your application.
You’ll get an email containing the decision on your application. This will explain what you need to do next.

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