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Hong Kong Youth Mobility Scheme Ballot Opens Tonight!

What Does it Involve?

This is an opportunity for Hong Kong SAR passport holders to live, work, and study in the UK for up to two years. As in previous years, there will be a total of 1000 places available this year and majority of the places are allocated in the first ballot in January 2023 and the remaining in the second ballot in July 2023.

When is the Ballot?

You can register your names to be considered for the Scheme from 00:01am on Tuesday 17 January 2023 and 00:01 on Thursday 19 January 2023 (Hong Kong time).

Once the ballot closes, applications will be chosen at random by the UKVI and if successful, you will be required to submit an online application form and documentary evidence for an entry clearance to the UK.

How to Apply?

The application must be made only in English, and payment is to be made online by 19 February. You will then be required to attend a biometrics appointment at the Visa Application Centre within 90 days from submitting your online application.

Failure to make the necessary payment will automatically remove you from the list and the allocation will be retracted.

Hong Kong SAR passport holders living outside of Hong Kong can also apply for the Scheme following the instructions above and if chosen by the UKVI, you can do so in your country of residence.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will receive an email by 20 January and no further action is required.

Please be aware that applications for the Youth Mobility Scheme cannot be submitted in the UK.

Eligibility Criteria

You must be aged between 18 to 30 on the date you apply for the visa and must have at least £2,530 in your bank account for 28 days in a row to demonstrate that you can support yourself in the UK. It is important to be mindful that day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for your visa to the UK.

You are not eligible for the Scheme if you have children under the age of 18 living with you who you are responsible for, or if you have previously been in the UK under the Hong Kong Youth Mobility Scheme.

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