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The UK government has invited applicants to apply for its second
India Young Professional visa scheme, with the ballot for the
remaining 600 places available (most places were taken in the
February 2023 ballot), opening on 25 July 2023.
Indian citizens between 18 and 30 years of age can enter the
ballot, providing they meet the relevant criterion.
What is the criterion?
- be an Indian citizen
- be between 18 and 30 years old
- have a qualification equivalent to UK Bachelors’ degree
level or above (or an equivalent overseas qualification at degree
level or above)
- have £2,530 in savings held continuously in a personal
bank account for a 28 day period
- not have any child dependants under the age of 18
- not have previously held a visa under the Youth Mobility Scheme
or as a working ،liday maker
- Applicants need not be in India on the date of
How to enter the ballot
There is no fee for entering the ballot. Applicants may submit
one entry per ballot.
Applicants can submit their entries online between 1:30pm India
Standard Time (9am GMT) on 25 July 2023 and 1:30pm India Standard
time (9am GMT) on 27 July 2023. Basic personal information and a
p،tograph are required.
Decision on successful and unsuccessful entries
Successful entries will be picked at random. Results will be
sent by email within two weeks of the ballot closing. If
successful, applicants will be invited to apply for a visa. They
will have 30 days from the date of the email to submit their
application and pay both the visa application fee and the
Immigration Health Surcharge.
If an entry is unsuccessful, there is no right of appeal.
Applicants may instead enter future ballots, which are likely to be
take place in 2024.
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