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Can I apply under the YMS from any country?

No. You can only apply under the YMS visa route if you are from one of the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San Marino

If you are from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan (or India from 1 January 2022) you must first be selected in the Youth Mobility Scheme ballot before you can make a valid visa application under the YMS route.

If you are a British overseas citizen, British overseas territories citizen or British national overseas you can also apply.

Read more about this and other questions in our

Youth Mobility Visa section.


Given the fast pace of change, we would stress that this information is designed to be informative, not advisory and represents our understanding of English law and practice as at the date indicated. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue.

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