APAC Youth Mobility Scheme ballot to open Jan. 17

12 Jan 23



The Home Office recently announced that the Asia-Pacific (APAC) Youth Mobility Scheme ballot will open on Jan. 17.

Key Points:

  • Beginning Jan. 17, travelers ages 18 to 30 from Hong Kong (who hold a Special Administrative Region passport), Japan, South Korea or Taiwan can apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot.
  • The ballot window will be open for 48 hours until Jan. 19, after which U.K. authorities will no longer accept new ballot applications.
  • Those planning to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot should review the eligibility requirements for the visa before entering the ballot.
  • Detailed instructions for applying for the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot are available here.
  • Travelers who are selected in the first ballot can apply under the scheme; individuals who are not selected in the first ballot can apply again during the second ballot in July 2023.
  • British Overseas Citizens, British Overseas Territories Citizens or British Nationals (Overseas) do not need to enter the ballot to apply under the Youth Mobility Scheme.

BAL Analysis: Eligible nationals of APAC countries will soon be able to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot; however, the availability of these visas is limited to 800 ballot places per country/region. Successful applicants should receive an email by Jan. 20. Those interested in the Youth Mobility Scheme should apply again in July if they are not selected in the first ballot.  BAL will continue to monitor Youth Mobility Scheme developments and will provide more information as it becomes available.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice Group. For additional information, please contact berryapplemanleiden@bal.com.

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