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UNITED KINGDOM: Youth Mobility Scheme 2013 for Japanese and Other Nationals

On November 26, 2012, the UKBA announced that the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) for Japanese nationals would be open for applicants in January. Successful applicants will be able to live, work, and study in the UK for up to two years.

Only 1,000 places will be available for students from Japan in 2013.Other countries that recently joined the YMS are the Republic of Korea and Taiwan. Under the proposed Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules announced on November 22, 2012, the annual allocations of places are being renewed for 2013. There is an increase in the allocations for Australia (from 32,500 to 35,000 places) and Canada (from 5,000 to 5,500 places), and the Republic of Korea will receive 1,000 places.

The countries and territories participating in the scheme, and the number of places or certificates of sponsorship allocated to them for 2013, are:

  • Australia - 35,000 places 
  • Canada - 5,500 places
  • Japan - 1,000 places
  • Monaco - 1,000 places
  • New Zealand - 10,000 places
  • Republic of Korea - 1,000 places (certificates of sponsorship)
  • Taiwan - 1,000 places (certificates of sponsorship)


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