In a significant move aimed at fostering international talent exchange, the UK government has unveiled the opening of the second ballot for the highly anticipated Young Professional Scheme, specifically catering to Indian citizens aged between 18 to 30 years. As announced by the British High Commission via Twitter, the ballot commenced on Monday and will conclude at 1.30 p.m. on Thursday.
This pioneering scheme, officially initiated earlier this year, extends a unique opportunity for Indian citizens holding a graduate or postgraduate qualification to live and work in the United Kingdom for a duration of up to two years. The scheme is structured to offer candidates the flexibility to enter and exit the UK as needed, while their visa remains valid.
With a quota of 3,000 available places for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa in 2023, a substantial number of positions were already allocated during the initial ballot held in February. However, the remaining vacancies will now be filled through the current July ballot.
Aspiring applicants who secure a spot in the ballot must act swiftly and apply for their visa before the deadline stated in the subsequent invitation to apply, typically offered within a month’s timeframe. Furthermore, successful candidates are required to travel to the UK within six months of their visa application.
To be eligible for consideration under the Young Professionals Scheme visa, one must be an Indian national or citizen aged between 18 and 30, and possess personal savings amounting to £2,530, which would serve as a financial support during their stay in the UK.
Applicants should take note that the scheme is exclusively targeted at individuals without children under the age of 18 residing with them or those whom they are financially responsible for.
The application process entails a fee of £259, in addition to a healthcare surcharge of £940, and a prerequisite to provide evidence of the £2,530 personal savings.
This second ballot for the Young Professional Scheme is anticipated to further facilitate the exchange of skilled professionals between India and the UK, fostering cultural diversity and enriching both nations’ talent landscapes. With the deadline fast approaching, young Indian professionals are urged to seize this exceptional opportunity to embark on an exciting journey of personal and professional growth on British shores.