First ballot for the UK India Professionals Scheme

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The United Kingdom’s newest visa will launch on Tuesday 28th February 2023, the long-awaited India Professionals Scheme. This visa will be the easiest way for young Indians to live and work in the UK, for up to two years. This visa is a good way to settle in the UK before applying for longer term visas, this will give you time to apply for companies who may sponsor you. You will need a bachelors degree as a minimum qualification and there is 2,400 places available. For more information on how to enter the ballot, click this link.

WHy the UK

The UK is one of the best countries in the world to develop your career, with high salaries, development opportunities and famous corporations that have established themselves a base here. The India Professionals Scheme visa is ideal as it lets you work for these companies in order to prove yourself for a longer term visa, in which they can sponsor you. Education may be another factor when deciding to move to the UK, British universities are acknowledged globally for their creative and challenging environments, that encourage students to be their best. Finally Tourism, before COVID19 the UK was consistently ranked amongst the top 10 most visited countries in the world. Whether it is visiting the busy and lively city of London, or the beautiful Scottish Highlands, the UK has it all.


In order to qualify for this visa you must meet several minimum requirements.

  • Graduates who have achieved a bachelors degree and aged between 18-30 from India.
  • £2530 minimum of savings.
  • First time applicant
  • Must not have been in the UK through the Youth Mobility Scheme visa


You must have sufficient funds when applying for the India Young Professionals Scheme visa, the total minimum costs will vary depending on your circumstances.

Application Fee



The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) entitles you to use the NHS if you become unwell or have an accident while in the UK.

You have to pay the IHS even if you do not use the NHS or even if you have your own private health insurance, the cost is £470 per year.

If you are applying for a 2-year visa you will have to pay £470 each year, Therefore you will have to pay a total of £940.

Sufficient Funds

You must have at least £2,530 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK, a bank statement will suffice.

The financial requirement is to show you have enough money for your living costs.

You must bring relevant documentation that will require some preparation before arriving in the UK. Although, This will vary depending on your occupation, nationality and length of stay.


  • A valid passport for the entirety of the visa
  • Bank statement proving sufficient funds
  • Evidence of your qualifications such as a bachelors degree certificate
  • Test results for Tuberculosis (TB)

Criminal Record Certificate

If you are applying for certain jobs mostly in the public sector such as healthcare, welfare and education sectors. You will need to provide a criminal record certificate for any country in which, since the age of 18, you have been present for 12 months or more in the 10 years before the date of your application.


For most applicants you must prove your identity by booking an appointment at a Visa Application Centre in your current country. The appointment will include collecting your fingerprints, facial photograph and signature. The UK government website has a list of addresses for each eligible country.

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