UK is giving out 2,400 visas to Indians under Young Professionals Scheme today on. How can you apply?

DailyBiteFeb 28, 2023 | 12:26

UK is giving out 2,400 visas to Indians under Young Professionals Scheme today on. How can you apply?

The UK government is accepting at least 2,400 Visas under this scheme. Photo: dailyO

If you want to live in the UK, it is the perfect opportunity for you. The UK government is giving out 2,400 visas under the Young Professional Scheme, which is being launched today, for Indians aged 18-30. 


The UK government has opened a ballot system, by which Indians can apply for a two-year visa under the India Young Professionals Scheme. The government will be accepting 2,400 visa applications under this scheme. 


According to the scheme as mentioned on the UK government website, once reaching the UK, you can: 

  • Study - for some courses, you’ll need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate
  • 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

However, remember 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)
This is an excellent opportunity for India's brightest young people between the ages of 18-30 to experience the best of the UK.
- British High Commission in New Delhi

The ballot, which is free to enter online, opens at 2.30 pm IST on February 28 and closes at 2.29 pm IST on March 2. 

However, you will be eligible to apply for a visa only when you are selected from among the ballot. 

The successful entries will be picked at random. You will be sent the results by email within 2 weeks of the ballot closing. It's free to enter the ballot. You should only enter if you plan to apply for the visa which costs £259 (Rs 25,800).
- UK government site 

To fill out the ballot form, you need to provide details such as name, phone number, email address and date of birth. You will also have to share your passport details and a scanned image of your passport. 

Once you have applied for the ballot, proven your identity and provided your documents, you'll usually get a decision within 2 weeks of the ballot closing. 


    Who can apply for the Young Professionals Scheme visas?

    To be eligible for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa, you must:

    • Be an Indian national or citizen between 18 and 30 years old
    • Be at least 18 years old on the date you plan to travel to the UK
    • Have a qualification at bachelor's degree level or above (Regulated Qualifications Framework level 6, 7 or 8)
    • Have £2,530 in savings to support yourself in the UK
    • Do not have any children under the age of 18 who live with you or who you're financially responsible for

    How to apply (step by step): 

    1. If you're eligible, enter the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot.
    2. If you're successful in the ballot, you'll receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
    3. Prepare the documents that you need to apply.
    4. Apply for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

    How long is the wait?

    Now, 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.

    Final step: You must travel to the UK within 6 months of applying for your visa.

    Last updated: February 28, 2023 | 12:26
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