On November 26 2012 the UK Border Agency announced that the Youth Mobility Scheme for Japanese nationals will be open for applicants in January 2013.

Only 1,000 places will be available and applicants will need to email [email protected] between 12:00pm (Japan time) on January 7 2013 and 12:00pm on January 9 2013.

The email header or subject line must contain the applicant's name, date of birth and passport number. The following details should be included in the main text of the email:

  • name;
  • date of birth;
  • passport number;
  • country to submit the application; and
  • home and mobile phone number.

The email account will be open for 48 hours only and all emails received within this timeframe will be sent an automated reply confirming receipt. When the email account has closed, 1,000 applicants will be chosen at random. A second email will be sent to the applicant on January 16 2012 if he or she has been chosen to apply. This email will confirm acceptance and provide further instructions on how to make an appointment, along with documentary evidence required to apply for entry clearance.

Applicants living overseas may apply in their country of residence, but applications cannot be submitted in the United Kingdom.

If successful, the applicant will be able to live, work and study in the United Kingdom for up to two years.

Other countries that recently joined the Youth Mobility Scheme include South Korea and Taiwan.

Under the proposed changes to the Immigration Rules that were announced on November 22 2012, the annual allocations of places will be renewed for 2013. There will be an increase in allocations for Australia (from 32,500 to 35,000 places) and Canada (from 5,000 to 5,500 places), while South Korea will receive 1,000 places.

For further information on this topic please contact Ilda De Sousa at Kingsley Napley by telephone (+44 20 7814 1200), fax (+44 20 7490 2288) or email ([email protected]). The Kingsley Napley website can be accessed at www.kingsleynapley.co.uk.