Guidance: India Young Professionals Scheme visa: ballot system

Uk Visas Immigration

February 13
00:01 2024

You need to enter a ballot if you want to apply for a visa for the India Young Professionals Scheme.

The next ballot will open at 2:30pm India Standard Time on 20 February 2024.

It will close at 2:30pm India Standard Time on 22 February 2024.

You can enter at any time while the ballot is open. The link to enter will be on this page,

Entering the ballot

You can enter the ballot if youre an Indian citizen and youre eligible for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa. Check youre eligible before entering the ballot.

You will need to provide your:

  • name
  • date of birth
  • passport details
  • a scan or photo of your passport
  • phone number
  • email address

The successful entries will be picked at random. You will be sent the results by email within 2 weeks of the ballot closing.

Its free to enter the ballot. You should only enter if you plan to apply for the visa, which costs 298, and are able to meet the financial, educational and other requirements.

There are 3,000 places available for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa in 2024. Most places will be made available in the February ballot. The remaining places will be made available in the July ballot.

You can only submit one entry per person for each ballot. Any further attempts to enter will not be counted.

Successful entries

If youre successful in the ballot, youll be invited to apply for a visa.

Youll have 90 days from the date of the email to apply online, pay the visa application fee, including the immigration health surcharge and provide your biometrics.

If youre successful in the ballot but choose not to apply for the visa, you do not need to tell us.

Unsuccessful entries

The results of the ballot are final. You cannot appeal if youre unsuccessful.

You can enter future ballots if youre unsuccessful.

Published 21 February 2023
Last updated 13 February 2024 +show all updates
  1. Updated to say the next ballot will open on 20 February 2024.

  2. Updated as the ballot has now closed.

  3. The ballot is now open.

  4. Dates for the next ballot added.

  5. Added information about checking your junk/spam if you entered the ballot.

  6. Updated to say that the ballot is now closed.

  7. Added details about the ballot restarting because of technical issues.

  8. States that the ballot is open and links to the ballot entry page.

  9. First published.

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