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How does the YMS ballot work?

The ballot system usually opens twice a year, in January and July.  It is open for a 48 hour period and you must email, providing specific information, within this window in order to enter.  You will usually find out if you have been successful or unsuccessful in the ballot within 1 – 2 weeks. The majority of places are awarded in the January ballot with remaining places awarded in July.

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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