UK Young Professional Scheme 2nd Ballot Opens, Here Is How to Apply

The UK Young Professional Scheme's 2nd Ballot for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa is now open. Indian citizens seeking work opportunities in the UK can participate in the random selection process. Learn how to apply and fulfill the eligibility criteria for this exciting opportunity.

The eagerly anticipated second ballot for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa under the UK Young Professional Scheme has officially opened today at 1:30 pm India Standard Time.

The ballot offers a unique opportunity for Indian citizens to apply for a visa, allowing them to work and reside in the United Kingdom. The ballot is set to close on 27 July 2023 at 1:30 pm India Standard Time.

Young Professional Scheme

An India Young Professionals Scheme visa allows Indian citizens between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years. You must be selected in the India Young Professionals Scheme ballot before you can apply for this visa. To enter the ballot you must declare that you’re eligible for the visa – check if you’re eligible before you enter.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

To be considered for the visa, interested candidates must participate in the ballot. The process is entirely free, and applicants can enter at any time during the two-day open period. The entry link can be found on the official webpage dedicated to the India Young Professionals Scheme.


Eligibility criteria are essential, and applicants must confirm their eligibility before entering the ballot. To be eligible, individuals must be Indian citizens and meet the requirements specified for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

To enter the ballot, participants need to provide the following information:

  1. Name
  2. Date of birth
  3. Passport details
  4. A scanned or photographed copy of their passport
  5. Phone number
  6. Email address

Random Selection and Results

Once the ballot closes, successful entries will be selected randomly, and the results will be communicated to the chosen applicants via email within two weeks after the closing date.

It is crucial that applicants only enter the ballot if they genuinely plan to apply for the visa and are capable of fulfilling the financial, educational, and other obligations associated with the visa, including the £259 visa application fee.


Limited Availability and Single Entry

In the current year, the UK government has allocated 3,000 places for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa. The majority of the places were already granted during the February ballot, leaving the remaining spots to be filled during the ongoing July ballot.

Individuals are strictly allowed to submit only one entry per person for each ballot. Any further attempts to enter will not be considered.

Invitation to Apply for the Visa

For those fortunate enough to secure a place on the ballot, they will receive an invitation to apply for the visa. Successful candidates will have a 30-day window from the date of receiving the email invitation to apply online and pay the visa application fee, and immigration health surcharge.

If a candidate is successful in the ballot but decides not to proceed with the visa application, there is no requirement to inform the authorities.


Unsuccessful Entries and Future Opportunities

On the other hand, for applicants who are unsuccessful in the ballot, the results will be final, and there will be no provision for an appeal. However, those who are unsuccessful in this ballot can still try their luck in future ballots for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

A Gateway to Professional Growth

The India Young Professionals Scheme is an excellent opportunity for Indian citizens seeking to expand their professional horizons in the United Kingdom. It provides a chance to work, gain valuable experience, and contribute to the thriving workforce in the UK. With a limited number of places available, the second ballot offers an essential avenue for aspiring young professionals to pursue their dreams in the UK.

Prospective applicants are urged to carefully review the eligibility requirements and ensure all necessary documents are ready before entering the ballot. The UK government encourages qualified candidates to take advantage of this unique opportunity and participate in the 2nd ballot for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of, he's passionate about writing.

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