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Indian nationals now eligible for Youth Mobility Scheme Visa

The Youth Mobility Scheme is a scheme that enables young people (aged 18 to 30) from certain countries or territories or of certain British nationalities to come to the UK for two years, and they are allowed to work in either employment or self-employment – but with some restrictions on the latter. 

There are some unusual restrictions for this visa route: dependants are not permitted, and you cannot apply if you have children living with you or for whom you are financially responsible. 

The list of eligible countries/territories/nationalities is a very mixed bag. Until the beginning of January 2022 it is as follows:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Hong Kong
  • Iceland 
  • Japan
  • Monaco 
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino
  • South Korea
  • Taiwan
  • British Overseas Citizen
  • British Overseas Territories Citizen
  • British National (Overseas)

But since the beginning of January 2022 the list now includes India. There was some confusion about the timing of the incorporation of India, but we are pleased to announce that this is now definitely enshrined in law (ie in the UK Immigration Rules) and that Indian nationals can now apply, whatever other sources might say. 

In many cases – and unlike other types of visa – places on the scheme are limited, and applicants have to apply to a “ballot”, so there is a risk of refusal for this reason. 

If you are an Indian national (or indeed any other qualifying migrant) and you want help and advice about this, we at GSN Immigration will be able to assist you. 



Oliver Westmoreland

OISC Level 3 Immigration Adviser