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UK Youth Mobility Scheme Changes 2024

UK Youth Mobility Scheme Changes 2024

The new year brings a new update to the UK Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS). This scheme is a great pathway for youngsters from certain countries to gain work and life experience in the UK. Let us find out what the new update entails for such young individuals.


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Key Changes in the Youth Mobility Scheme

  • The YMS scheme will now welcome 500 nationals from Uruguay, which is the first South American country to become a part of the scheme.
  • The usual age limit of 18-30 is now extended to 18-35 for Canadian, Australian, and South Korean nationals.
  • An additional year of extension is now possible for Canadians and Australians. This means they now get the opportunity to remain in the UK for up to 3 years.
  • South Korean and Japanese nationals will no longer be required to enter a ballot for application as the number of allocated places has increased. For instance, the number of slots for Japanese applicants will increase from 1,500 to 6,000.
  • An invitation to apply will no longer be required for citizens of Japan and South Korea.
  • Andorra, too, will be joining the YMS family, as expected. A number of 100 nationals in the age range of 18-30 will be permitted to live and work in the UK.

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This scheme is a great initiative from the UK to foster global connections while offering opportunities and encouragement for youngsters across the globe to contribute to and explore the UK.


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