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Be wary of agents: UKBA to applicants for youth mobility scheme for Japanese nationals

Just about a fortnight before the 2012 youth mobility scheme for Japanese nationals is to open, the UK Border Agency has made it clear that priority is not being given to immigration agents, who claim they have the ability to enhance chances of selection.

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The UK Border Agency said: “It gives no priority to immigration agents, who claim they have the ability to enhance your chances of selection for the 2012 youth mobility scheme process.

“It has come to our attention that some agents are claiming to offer an increased chance of selection. This is not correct. Please be cautious of any agents claiming that they can increase your chances. All applicants have an equal chance of selection and we do not provide agents with services not available to the general public.

There will be 1,000 places available for applicants to apply to live, work and study in the UK for up to two years, with the 2012 youth mobility scheme opening in January 2012.

The application procedure has changed from previous years and applicants will be chosen at random and not first come first served. Feedback from previous years has shown that customers feel the first come, first served method of applying was unfair.

In an unrelated development, the UKBA has also announced mandatory registration scheme for summer or winter school applications in China

The UKBA said it has established a mandatory registration scheme for agents and other organisations wanting to arrange summer school or winter school programmes to the UK.

`To ensure we can provide a quick service for genuine applicants and protect children, any agent or other organisation intending to arrange or lead a tour of young people to the UK for a summer or winter school, must first register with the British Council.

`This is a mandatory scheme and agents will not be able to submit group visa applications unless they register,’ it said.

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