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UK introduces India Young Professionals Scheme: 3,000 visas on offer for Indian citizens

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- February 20th 2024 05:41 PM
UK introduces India Young Professionals Scheme: 3,000 visas on offer for Indian citizens

UK introduces India Young Professionals Scheme: 3,000 visas on offer for Indian citizens

PTC Web Desk: The United Kingdom (UK) has unveiled a new initiative, the India Young Professionals Scheme, aimed at inviting Indian professionals to live, work, or study in the UK for up to two years. The scheme is offering 3,000 visas through a ballot system, specifically targeting Indian citizens between in the 18-30 age group.

This innovative scheme allows eligible Indian professionals to enter the ballot system for free, with the only cost being the visa fee of £298 (approximately Rs 31,100). The UK government has outlined that most of the 3,000 visa places would be available in the February ballot, and any remaining spots will be offered in the July ballot.


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The ballot window is open from February 20 (Tuesday), at 2:30 pm India Standard Time, and will close on February 22, providing eligible applicants with an opportunity to explore career prospects in the UK.

"If you are an Indian graduate who wants to live, work, or study in the UK for up to 2 years, you can enter the ballot for a chance to apply for a visa," announced the British High Commission in India.

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To enter the ballot, applicants must provide specific information as per the UK government's rules and ensure they meet financial, educational, and other requirements before applying for a visa.

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The selection process for successful entries will be conducted randomly through the ballot. Applicants will receive an email with the results within two weeks after the ballot closes. Upon selection, individuals will have 90 days from the date of the email to apply online, pay the visa application fee (including the immigration health surcharge), and provide their biometrics.

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This initiative reflects the UK's commitment to fostering bilateral relations with India and providing opportunities for young Indian professionals to gain valuable experience in the UK. The India Young Professionals Scheme aligns with the UK government's efforts to enhance cultural and economic ties between the two nations.

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The scheme is anticipated to receive significant interest from young Indian professionals seeking to broaden their horizons and contribute to the dynamic work and study environment in the United Kingdom. With 3,000 visas on offer, the India Young Professionals Scheme marks a strategic step in fostering collaboration and talent exchange between India and the UK.

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