Japan: UK Youth Mobility Scheme opens January 2013

Today, UKBA announced that the Youth Mobility Scheme for Japanese nationals will be opened in January 2013. As in 2012, only 1,000 places are available to Japanese nationals in 2013. To apply, you will have to send an e-mail to a dedicated e-mail address between Monday 7 January 2013, 12:00 pm (Japan time) to Wednesday 9 January 2014, 12:oo p.m. (Japan time). The dedicated e-mail address will only be open during this time, following which 1,000 applicants will be chosen at random. To read UKBA’s announcement, which has also been copied below for your convenience, please click here.

UKBA’s announcement:


The Youth Mobility Scheme 2013 for Japanese nationals will be opened in January 2013. There will be 1000 places available to Japanese nationals, and if your application is successful you will be able to live, work and study in the UK for up to 2 years.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for the scheme you should send 1 email (only) to: YMS2013-APPOINTMENT@vfshelpline.com, between Monday 7 January 2013, 12:00 pm (Japan time) to Wednesday 9 January 2013, 12:00 pm (Japan time). The email header or subject line must contain your name, date of birth and passport number as shown in your passport. For example: YAMADA Taro -31/01/1990 – TH123456789.

In the main text of your email you should include the following:

  • Name;
  • Date of birth;
  • Passport Number;
  • Country to submit the application; and
  • Home and mobile phone number.

The email account will be open for 48 hours only and all emails received within this timeframe will be sent an automated reply confirming receipt.

When the email account has closed, 1000 applicants will be chosen at random. A second email will be sent to you on Wednesday 16 January if you have been chosen to apply. This email will confirm acceptance and further instructions on how to make an appointment, along with documentary evidence required to apply for your entry clearance. You will only receive a second email if you have been successfully chosen for application.

If you are a Japanese national living overseas you can apply following the instructions above, and if you are chosen to apply you will be able to do so in your country of residence. Applications cannot be submitted for the Youth Mobility Scheme 2013 in the UK. If you are chosen, the UK Border Agency in Manila will notify the application centre in your country of residence (excluding the UK) that you have been successfully chosen and that you can apply.

If you do not receive a second email confirming you have been chosen you will not be able to apply.



What is the Youth Mobility Scheme

The youth mobility scheme is for young people from participating countries and territories who want to come and experience life in the UK. Every year, the UK government allocates a number of places on the scheme for each country and territory.

Length of permission to stay and conditions

You will be permitted to remain in the UK for two years. You will have no recourse to public funds. Employment is permitted except:

– as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach);

– as a Doctor or Dentist in Training, unless the applicant has obtained a degree in medicine or dentistry at bachelor’s level or above from a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or which holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the Points Based System, and provides evidence of this degree;

– as a self employment worker, except where the following conditions are met: (i) the migrant has no premises which he owns, other than his home, from which he carries out his business, (ii) the total value of any equipment used in the business does not exceed £5,000, and (iii) the migrant has no employees.

Which countries are eligible?

The countries and territories participating in the scheme, and the number of places allocated to them for 2012, are:

  • Australia – 32,500 places
  • Canada – 5,000 places
  • Japan – 1,000 places
  • New Zealand – 10,000 places
  • Monaco – 1,000 places
  • Taiwan – 1,000 places
  • Republic of Korea – 1,000 places
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