Immigration Alert: Youth Mobility Scheme 2013 for Japanese Nationals

29 November 2012

On 26 November, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) announced that the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) for Japanese nationals will be open for applicants in January.

Only 1000 places are to be made available and applicants will need to email YMS2013-APPOINTMENTS@vfshelpline.com between Monday 7 January 2013, 12.00 pm (Japan time) to Wednesday 9 January 2013, 12.00 pm (Japan time).

The email header or subject line must contain the applicant’s name, date of birth and passport number. In the main text of the email the following details should be included:

  • Name;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Passport Number;
  • Country to submit the application; and
  • Home and mobile phone number.

The email account will be open for 48 hours only and all emails received within this timeline will be sent an automated reply confirming receipt. When the email account has closed, 1000 applicants will be chosen at random. A second email will be sent to the applicant on Wednesday 16 January if they have been chosen to apply. This email will confirm acceptance and further instructions on how to make an appointment, along with documentary evidence required to apply for entry clearance.

Applicants living overseas may apply in their country of residence but applications cannot be submitted in the UK.

If successful the applicant will be able to live, work and study in the UK for up to 2 years.

Other countries which recently joined the YMS are the Republic of Korea and Taiwan. Please click on the following link for a full list of all the participating countries.

Under the proposed Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules announced on 22 November, the annual allocations of places are being renewed for 2013. There is an increase in the allocations for Australia (from 32,500 to 35,000 places) and Canada (from 5,000 to 5,500 places) and the Republic of Korea will receive 1000 places.

For more information, please contact a member of the immigration team

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