UK adds South Korea to Tier 5 youth mobility visa scheme

The UK plans to add young people in South Korea to the list of those eligible to apply for a visa under the youth mobility scheme.

The announcement comes after the UK and South Korean governments agreed to allow 1,000 young South Koreans each year to live and work in the UK for up to two years and the same number of young Britons to come to South Korea.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome South Korean young people to our youth mobility programme,” Scott Wightman, British Ambassador to South Korea said. “This is a significant opportunity for both the UK and South Korea, an opportunity to strengthen and build on the cultural and economic ties that exist between us and to promote mutual understanding.”

Ambassador Wightman said adding the young South Koreans to the Tier 5 youth mobility scheme will give them the opportunity to experience life in the UK and to improve their English. It will at the same time allow the UK to “to benefit from having them live within our communities.”

“Likewise, this scheme provides a fantastic opportunity for young people from all over the UK to come and experience at first hand the vibrancy and fascinating culture of South Korea,” Ambassador Wightman added.

UK Border Agency's Asia Pacific director, James Sharp said: “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.”

Before applying for a visa under the youth mobility scheme, South Korean applicants will need a certificate of sponsorship which will be issued by the South Korean authorities.

The scheme will open to applicants in South Korea sometime in the coming months.

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