The United Kingdom has opened up its new immigration scheme to eligible Indians – with 2,400 visas being on offer under the first ballot. This a great opportunity for degree holders from India, who are between 18 and 30 years and would like to come to the UK on a two-year visa, with no restrictions to work. Applications open on 28th Feb and close on 2nd March. To enter the ballot you must declare that you’re eligible for the visa – check if you’re eligible before you enter.

Organization: UK – India Young Professionals Scheme

Total Visas: 2,400

Location: United Kingdom

Scheme Name: 

  • UK – India Young Professionals Scheme

Applying Mode: Online

Starting Date: 28.02.2023

Last Date: 02.03.2023


To be eligible for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa you must:

  • Be an Indian national or citizen between 18 and 30 years old
  • Be at least 18 years old on the date you plan to travel to the UK
  • Have a qualification at bachelor’s degree level or above (Regulated Qualifications Framework level 6, 7, or 8)
  • Have £2,530 in savings to support yourself in the UK
  • Do not have any children under the age of 18 who live with you or for who you’re financially responsible for
  • You must first apply to and be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot before you can apply for your visa.


  • You cannot apply if you’ve already been in the UK under this scheme or the Youth Mobility Scheme visa

Eligible qualifications:

  • A qualification at UK Bachelor’s Degree level or above (Regulated Qualifications Framework level 6, 7 or 8)
  • An equivalent overseas qualification at degree level or above
  • Check with your college or university if you’re not sure what level of qualification you have.

Documents you must Provide:

  • A valid passport or other documents that shows your identity and nationality
  • Evidence that you have at least £2,530 in your bank account, for example, bank statements
  • Evidence of your qualifications
  • Your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re living in India or another listed country
  • A police report or clearance certificate from India – check how to apply for criminal records checks
  • You’ll need a blank page in your passport for your visa.

How to Apply:

  • Visit the official website
  • If you’re eligible, enter the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot.
  • If you’re successful in the ballot, you’ll receive an invitation to apply for the visa.
  • Prepare the documents that you need to apply.
  • Apply for an India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

Entering the Ballot:

  • You can enter the ballot if you’re an Indian citizen and you’re eligible for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa. Check you’re eligible before entering the ballot.

You must enter the ballot online. You will need to provide your:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Passport details
  • A scan or photo of your passport
  • Phone number
  • E-mail address

The successful entries will be picked at random. You will be sent the results by email within 2 weeks of the ballot closing.

Application Fees:

  • It’s free to enter the ballot. You should only enter if you plan to apply for the visa, which costs £259, and are able to meet the financial, educational, and other requirements.

Successful Entries:

  • There are 2,400 visas available in the February ballot.
  • If you’re successful in the ballot, you will be invited to apply for a visa.
  • You will have 30 days from the date of the email to apply online, and pay the visa application fee and immigration health surcharge.
  • If you’re successful in the ballot but choose not to apply for the visa, you do not need to notify us.

Unsuccessful Entries:

  • The results of the ballot are final. You cannot appeal if you’re unsuccessful.
  • You can enter future ballots if you’re unsuccessful. The next ballot is likely to be held in late July. Details will be announced on this page closer to the time.
  • If you do not enter the February ballot, you can enter future ballots if you meet the requirements.

Focusing Dates:

  • Application Ballot opening Dates: 28.02.2023 at 02.30 PM to 02.03.2023 at 02.30 PM

Official Links: