Second ballot of the 2023 Youth Mobility Scheme visa for Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan nationals

Personal Immigration, 30 June 2023

The second ballot of the 2023 Youth Mobility Scheme opens on Monday 24 July 2023 and closes on Wednesday 26 July 2023.

Who needs to enter the ballot?

You need to enter the ballot if you wish to apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme UK visa and are a national of either Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan.

There’s a different ballot if you’re a national of India. The first ballot of the 2023 India Young Professionals Scheme has closed and all ballot entrants have been informed of the decision. Details of the next ballot later this year will be published on our website.

Nationals of Australia, Canada, Iceland, Monaco, New Zealand and San Marino do not need to enter a ballot to apply for the visa. You also do not need to enter the ballot if you’re a British Overseas citizen, British Overseas Territories citizen or a British National (Overseas).

What is the Youth Mobility Scheme UK visa?

The Youth Mobility Scheme UK visa route implements the international commitments which the UK takes to provide cultural exchange programmes for young people with participating countries and territories and it generally allows a person aged between 18 and 30 from participating countries and territories to experience life in the UK for up to 2 years (aged between 18 and 35 and for up to 3 years if you are a New Zealand national). No job offer or other sponsorship in the UK is required to apply for the visa.

Participating countries and territories are currently Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, San Marino and Taiwan.

How to enter the ballot: Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan nationals

Ballots typically open in January and July each year.

Ballots are open for 48 hours and you will get an automated reply confirming your entry.

You enter the ballot by sending an email. There are separate email addresses for Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan and your email must be sent between 23:59 (11:59pm) on Monday 24 July 2023 and 23:59 (11:59pm) on Wednesday 26 July 2023 (Hong Kong/Tokyo/Seoul/Taipei time as applicable based on your nationality) to enter the ballot.

Your email must be in English and the subject line of your email must include your name, date of birth and passport number in the format: Lastname Firstname – DD/MM/YYYY – passport number. Example subject line: Wang Michelle – 25/03/2000 – 123456789

The body of your email must include your name, date of birth, passport number and mobile phone number. Emails received without this information or not in this format will not be considered.

You must make sure that you meet all eligibility requirements for the visa before entering the ballot. Strictly only one ballot entry can be submitted per person. Any duplications will not be counted.

How many places are available in the ballot?

Most applicants are usually chosen during the January ballot each year and the remaining places are allocated in the July ballot of the same year.

The Youth Mobility Scheme has a quota for each participating country and territory that limits the number of places available to come to the UK. This is updated annually and 2023’s allocation for Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan is as follows:

  • Hong Kong – 1,000 places
  • Japan – 1,500 places
  • Republic of Korea – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places

If you’re successful in the ballot

You will receive an email by Monday 31 July 2023 if you’re successful in the second ballot. You will then have 30 days to submit your Youth Mobility Scheme UK visa application and pay the visa fee.

If you’re unsuccessful in the ballot

If you’re unsuccessful in the second ballot, you will receive an email within 2 weeks of the ballot closing. You’ll be able to enter next year’s ballot when it opens in January 2024, if you meet the eligibility requirements for the Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

How can we help?

We can provide comprehensive advice to individuals globally seeking to apply for a Youth Mobility Scheme visa to experience life in the UK.  We can ensure that your ballot and visa applications comply with all eligibility requirements to ensure that your visa application is successful so you will be able to live, work and study in the UK for up to 2 years.

For more detailed UK immigration advice and for any other questions on this and other UK immigration developments, please contact us at info@viajeukimmigration.com