The United Kingdom’s government has announced that it will launch the second ballot for the Youth Mobility Scheme 2020 for Hong Kong SAR passport holders.

According to the UK’s government statement, the selection criteria has changed to a lottery-based system, which is managed by Britain’s Visas and Immigration Agency (UKVI), and there is no longer needed to provide Certificate of Sponsorship, VisaGuide.World reports.

The Tier 5, or known as the Youth Mobility Scheme permits non-European Economic Area (EEA) persons aged between 18 and 30 to live and work in Britain for two years. This scheme marks its seventh year of existence now.

“The second ballot for the Youth Mobility Scheme 2020 for Hong Kong SAR passport holders will launch in September. Unlike previous years the selection criteria have changed to a lottery-based system managed by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). There will no longer be the requirement to provide a Certificate of Sponsorship,” the statement published by the UK’s government reads.

The UK’s government also has revealed that a total of 1,000 places are available to Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport holders. The majority of the places were allocated earlier this year, in the first ballot.

Persons who wish to apply for the Youth Mobility Scheme will be required to send an email to the following address – [email protected] – with all their data.

The application will remain open between September 21 and September 23, Wednesday.

The applications will be chosen randomly by UKVI. Persons who will be selected will receive a second email by September 20 to confirm acceptance and other detailed information.

Successful applicants must comply with their payments until October 30, 2020. If applicants fail to submit the payment online by October 30, they will be removed from the list.

Persons selected by UKVI will have 90 days to submit their paperwork for consideration after finishing the online payment.

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