UK-India Young Professionals Scheme Visa: Ballot Finally Open

UK-India Young Professionals Scheme Visa: Ballot Finally Open

The UK Home Office has released details relating to the new India Young Professionals Scheme Visa.
Feb 27, 2023
The UK Home Office has released details relating to the India Young Professionals Scheme Visa. The new scheme is bespoke and reciprocal similar to the existing Youth Mobility Scheme. However, unlike the Youth Mobility Scheme, which requires no qualification, the India Young Professionals Scheme requires applicants to hold a qualification of bachelor’s degree or above, or an equivalent foreign qualification at degree level or above.

Indian nationals and citizens aged between 18 and 30 who have an eligible qualification, savings to support themselves, and do not have any children who live with them or for whom they are financially responsible can be granted a visa through this scheme.

Successful applicants will be able to live and work in the UK for up to two years. They are also able to enter and exit the country at will while their Young Professionals Visa is valid.

India Young Professionals Scheme ballot Opens On 28 February

The first ballot for the 2023 India Young Professionals Scheme is set to open on 28 February and close on 2 March with 2,400 visas available.

We understand successful entries will be picked at random and results will be sent within 2 weeks of the ballot closing. Successful applicants will have 30 days from the date of the email to apply online, and pay the visa application fee and immigration health surcharge.

Below, we outline the eligibility criteria, application process and permitted activities under the India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must first submit their details to the India Young Professional Scheme ballot and will only be invited to apply for the visa if their name is selected. Names will be chosen at random, and the ballot is free to enter.

The first ballot of the year officially opens on Tuesday, 28 February 2023, at 8.30 am GMT and closes on Thursday, 2 March 2023, at 8.30 am GMT.

Those individuals considering applying to the ballot should be aware of the following eligibility criteria:

  • The applicant must be an Indian citizen;
  • Aged between 18 and 30; and
  • Holds a qualification equal to or above a bachelor’s degree (RQF Level 6).
Individuals must provide a local police certificate or a police clearance certificate issued no more than 6 months before the date of application. They must also be able to demonstrate they have at least £2,530 available in a bank account to support themselves in the UK.

The Ballot Stage

You can enter the ballot if you are an Indian citizen and you meet the above eligibility requirements for the India Young Professionals Scheme. If you’re successful in the ballot, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for the visa.

The link to enter the free online ballot will appear HERE once it is live. You can enter the ballot at any time whilst it is open. You will need to provide your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport details
  • A scan or photo of your passport
  • Phone number
  • Email address
Those who are not successful in this ballot can enter future ballots if they meet the requirements of the visa scheme.

What Is Needed For The Ballot?

First and foremost, you have to make sure you are eligible for the scheme. You must be a citizen of India and meet the other eligibility requirements listed HERE.

To take part in the ballot, please visit the Home Office webpage, where a link to the ballot will appear during the stated period of time: 2:30 pm India Standard Time on 28 February 2023, and close at 2:30 pm India Standard Time on 2 March.

It's free to enter the ballot.

If you're successful in the ballot but choose not to apply for the visa, you do not need to notify Home Office.

Visa Application Process

An applicant selected through the ballot will be invited to submit their visa application within 30 days of receiving their selection notification.

The applicant will be required to pay an application fee (currently £259) and an Immigration Health Surcharge fee (currently £954).  

At the application stage, you will be required to demonstrate your ability to meet the following educational and financial requirements of the visa scheme:

  • Hold a UK bachelor’s degree certificate or equivalent. The college or university will be required to provide written confirmation that the applicant has completed their studies and graduated with the required qualification.
  • Provide evidence that they have savings of at least £2,530, which must have been held on account for 28 days prior to the date of the application.
  • Submit a police report or clearance certificate from India.
  • Schedule an appointment at the visa application centre closest to their home. At this appointment, their photograph will be taken and fingerprints recorded to produce their biometric residence permits.
  • Individuals who live in India or those who have been in India for more than six months directly preceding the date of the application will be required to submit a certificate confirming they are free of infectious tuberculosis. The applicant should arrange to be tested ahead of their visa appointment.
The applicant can typically expect a decision on their visa within three weeks of attending the visa appointment unless they opt to purchase one of the priority services for a faster decision.

If your visa application is successful, you’ll be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months. You can enter the UK at any time while your visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during your stay.

How Long You Can Stay

Those granted visas under this scheme will be able to work, study and live in the UK for up to two years.

Whilst in the UK on an India Young Professionals Scheme visa, you can:

  • Study
  • Work in most jobs
  • Be self-employed and set up a company – as long as your premises are rented, your equipment is not worth more than £5,000 and you do not have any employees
You cannot:

  • Extend your stay
  • Apply for most benefits (public funds)
  • Include family members on your application – they must apply separately
  • Work as a professional sportsperson (for example as a coach)
Two years is the maximum validity period for this type of visa and cannot be extended. However, for those who wish to stay in the UK longer, this may be possible by later qualifying for a different visa category.

For example, if a successful applicant finds sponsored employment before the expiry of their two-year permission, they could be eligible to apply for a different, longer-term form of immigration permission such as the Skilled Worker visa.

Keep up to date with the India Young Professionals Scheme visa

If you require assistance or further information on the India Young Professionals Scheme visa, including eligibility, requirements and how to apply, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@centuroglobal.com

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