When will the Youth Mobility scheme open to Indian nationals?
On 1st January 2022 the Youth Mobility scheme will open to Indian nationals. This comes in response to many UK employers struggling to recruit and with many EU nationals now requiring a visa to work in the UK. This is a good opportunity for eligible Indian nationals as it allows them to work in the UK without having to obtain a Skilled Worker Visa. However, this visa will still require proof of sponsorship.
The UK and India leaders agreed to a ‘2030 Roadmap’ which will provide a framework for UK-India relations across health, climate, trade, education, science and technology, and defence. As part of this agreement, “the young professionals scheme” provides an opportunity to allow young Indian and British professionals between the ages of 18-30 to live and work in each other’s country for a period of 2-years. It is said that the scheme will improve the process for eligible Indian nationals to live and work in the UK.
There are only 3,000 sponsorship places for Indian nationals and particular requirements must be met in order to secure sponsorship. Namely, applicants must hold a diploma or degree corresponding to the employment offer or comparable professional experience. In addition, Indian nationals applying for the UK scheme will need to meet the English language test, a financial requirement and show that they can support themselves in the UK. Further to this, nationals must not have applied under this scheme previously and immigration fees are applicable.
Additionally, in order to be eligible for the visa, eligible nationals must have at least £2,530 in their bank account to show they can support themselves in the UK. Any family members cannot be included on this application and must apply separately.
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