UK makes the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme availbale for South Korean citizens
South Koreans will soon be able to participate in the UK Youth Mobility Scheme. On 12th June the governments of Britain and South Korea signed an agreement, which will allow 1000 young people from South Korea to work and travel in UK for up to 2 years. In addition to that, the same number of British citizens will have the opportunity to visit South Korea.
The British ambassador to South Korea Scott Wightman issued the following statement, concerning the new agreement: “We are extremely pleased to welcome South Korean young people to our youth mobility program. 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”
The Youth Mobility scheme will provide opportunities to young Korans to experience the British lifestyle, to expand their cultural competence and to significantly improve their English language skills. Furthermore it will allow them the boost their CVs with high-value international working experience, which will give them important advantage when they return in the domestic job market. On the other hand many young British people will be able to have a first hand encounter with the fascinating culture and traditions of South Korea.
In order to apply for the UK youth mobility scheme the South Koreans must secure a certificate of sponsorship, which is issued by the South Korean immigration authorities. The Youth Mobility Scheme is part of the Tier 5 UK’s points-based system for visa applications. Therefore all of the applicants must score 50 points on total from all of the following categories.
• Nationality – Being citizen of South Korea is worth 30 points
• Age – People, who are under 31 years, will gain 10 points
• Maintenance funds – £1,800 cash funds or more are equal to another 10 points.
The official start date of the UK youth mobility scheme for South Korea is still not set, but will most probably be at some point in the next few months.
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