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South Korea is Added to the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme

26 June 2012
26 Jun 2012 - , ,

Young people in South Korea will soon be eligible to apply for a visa under the UK’s youth mobility scheme.

The announcement comes after the UK and South Korean governments agreed to allow 1,000 young South Koreans each year to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years and the same number of young Britons to come to South Korea.

Scott Wightman, British Ambassador to South Korea said:

‘We are extremely pleased to welcome South Korean young people to our youth mobility programme. This is a significant opportunity for both the UK and South Korea, an opportunity to strengthen and build on the cultural and economic ties that exist between us and to promote mutual understanding. It gives young South Koreans the opportunity to experience life in the UK and to improve their English, and for us to benefit from having them live within our communities. Likewise, this scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for young people from all over the UK to come and experience at first hand the vibrancy and fascinating culture of South Korea.’

UK Border Agency’s Asia Pacific director, James Sharp said:

‘The youth mobility scheme, which comes under Tier 5 of the UK’s points-based system for visa applications, will shortly be open to South Korean applicants. Under the scheme those aged between 18 and 30 will be eligible to apply, and will be able to live, work and study in the UK without the need for a sponsor.’

Before applying for a visa under the youth mobility scheme, South Korean applicants will need a certificate of sponsorship which will be issued by the South Korean authorities.

The scheme will open to applicants in South Korea sometime in next few months. If you are interested in applying you should monitor this website for further details.


Source: UK Border Agency