Hong Kong SAR passport holders eligible for UK youth mobility scheme

Home Office has announced that Hong Kong SAR passport holders between the ages 18 and 30 will soon be eligible to apply for a youth mobility scheme visa to the UK.

The UK and Hong Kong governments have agreed to allow 1,000 young Hong Kong SAR passport holders each year to live, work or study in the UK for up to two years, and the same number of young Britons to go to Hong Kong.

British Consul-General to Hong Kong, Caroline Wilson said: “The UK is extremely pleased to welcome Hong Kong young people to our youth mobility programme. The agreement further strengthens the long-standing cultural and economic ties between the UK and Hong Kong and promotes mutual understanding.

“The youth mobility scheme will give young people from Hong Kong an excellent opportunity to broaden their horizons by experiencing life and culture in the UK. Likewise, this scheme will provide a fantastic opportunity for young people from all over the UK to experience at first hand the vibrant and fascinating culture of Hong Kong.”

Before making a Tier 5 (Youth Mobility Scheme) visa application, Hong Kong SAR passport holders must obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) from the Hong Kong Labour Department. The CoS registration details are on the Hong Kong Labour Department's website. Registration will open in early 2014.

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