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What is the YMS ballot?

Individuals from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea or Taiwan (and India and Iceland from 1 January 2022) need to use the Home Office’s ballot system before they make an application under the YMS. They need to submit an expression of interest and will need to be selected (at random) by the Home Office before they are able to apply under the scheme. Successful applicants will then be invited to apply for a visa.

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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