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UK’s Young professional scheme for Indians opens today: All you need to know about the visa pr


NEW DELHI: If you want to move to the UK, here’s some good news for you. Starting today, the UK government is accepting 2,400 visa applications under the Young Professional Scheme, for Indians aged 18-30. It is an open ballot system, through which Indians can apply for a two-year visa. The first ballot, which is free to enter, opens at 2:30 pm IST on February 28 and closes at 2:29 pm IST on March 2. The initiative would last for three years, starting in March 2023. For two years, citizens of India and British nationals may travel to, study in, or work in each other’s countries. There will be a 3,000-candidate exchange between the two nations. 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 but only enter if you plan to apply for the visa which costs £259 (Rs 25,800). There is also a healthcare surcharge of Pound 940 (approx Rs 94,000). They will also have to prove they have Pound 2,530 in personal savings. 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. The candidates who get selected would be given a visa to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months. They can enter the UK at any time while their visa is valid, and leave and come back at any time during their stay. Unsuccessful candidates can apply for future ballots, with the next tentatively scheduled for July. The High Commission of India in London will be handling the ballots and visas on the UK end of the scheme, for British citizens keen to access the new route to apply for a two-year Indian visa. Once in the UK, you can do the following: 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 Eligibility To be eligible for the visa, you must: be an Indian citizen be between 18 and 30 years old have an eligible qualification have £2,530 in savings ( (approximately Rs 2.6 lakh) Not have any children under the age of 18 who live with you or who you’re financially responsible for. Candidates for the Young Professionals program must speak the host country’s language fluently Candidate must hold a diploma or degree that is equal to at least three years of higher education. How to apply If you’re eligible, enter the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot. If you’re successful in the ballot, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for the visa. Prepare the documents that you need to apply. Apply for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa. When to apply 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. You must travel to the UK within 6 months of applying for your visa. Example If you apply on 16 March 2023 you must arrive in the UK by 15 September 2023 at the latest. As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents. Documents required When you apply, you’ll need to provide: A valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality Evidence that you have at least £2,530 in your bank account, for example bank statements. You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa. Evidence of your qualifications Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re living in India or another listed country A police report or clearance certificate from India What you cannot do with this visa: 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)

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