In October, UK Border Agency announced that the UK had formed a partnership with Taiwan for a youth mobility programme, to encourage young people to spend time living and working in a new country. This week, Taiwan’s National Youth Commission has announced further details of how it will administer the ‘certificates of sponsorship’ that eligible Taiwanese will need in order to apply for this visa.
The youth mobility scheme will enable eligible Taiwanese people aged between 18 and 30 years old to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.
To apply for a certificate of sponsorship, you will need to meet the eligibility criteria and register through the National Youth Commission’s website between 1 December and 20 December 2011. An allocation of 1,000 certificates of sponsorship will be made available in Taiwan.
If the Commission receives more than 1,000 eligible registrations, a computer program will be used to randomly select 1,000.
If the Commission receives fewer than 1,000 eligible registrations, everyone who registers and meets the criteria will be allocated a certificate of sponsorship. A further registration period will begin in May 2012 to make up any shortfall in numbers.
If you are allocated a certificate of sponsorship, The National Youth Commission will send you details of how to apply for the visa with your certificate of sponsorship. Then you will need to apply to the UK visa application centre in Taiwan for a Tier 5 (Youth mobility scheme) visa. We expect that you will be able to apply for this visa from January 2012.
You will need to apply for the visa within 3 months of receiving your certificate of sponsorship, before the certificate expires.
If you require further assistance with applying for a certificate of sponsorship, or are unsure as to whether you meet the relevant criteria, do not hesitate to contact us.