UK and Taiwanese authorities agree to allow 1,000 young Taiwanese each year 5th October 2011: Taiwanese young people will be eligible to apply for a youth mobility scheme visa for the UK from January 2012.
The announcement comes as UK and Taiwanese authorities agreed to allow 1,000 young Taiwanese each year to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years and the same number of young Britons to come to Taiwan.
The director of the British Trade and Cultural Office, David Campbell, in Taiwan said: ‘We are extremely pleased to welcome Taiwanese young people to our youth mobility programme. This is a significant opportunity for both the UK and Taiwan, an opportunity to further strengthen and build on the cultural and economic ties that exist between us and to promote mutual understanding. It gives young Taiwanese the opportunity to experience life in the UK and to improve their English, and for us to benefit from having them live within our communities.’
James Sharp, director, Asia Pacific, UK Border Agency, said: ‘The Youth Mobility Scheme, which comes under Tier 5 of the UK’s Points Based System for visa applications, will open to Taiwanese applicants in early January 2012. Under the scheme those aged between 18 and 30 will be eligible to apply, and will be able to live, work and study in the UK without the need for a sponsor.’
The UKBA said: Before applying for a visa, Taiwanese applicants will first need a certificate of sponsorship from Taiwan’s National Youth Commission. The National Youth Commission expects to announce further details on this process on 1 November 2011. If you wish to apply you should monitor our website and the National Youth Commission website for updates.