Applicants for UK working holiday no longer need sponsorship: MOFA

By Joseph Yeh, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwanese youth planning to visit the United Kingdom under the Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) will no longer need to provide a certificate of sponsorship starting next year, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced. MOFA said the British government announced on Nov. 30 that, starting in January 2017, Taiwan would be granted “Deemed Sponsorship Status” in the YMS. This means YMS applicants from Taiwan will no longer need to first obtain a certificate of sponsorship from the local Youth Development Administration under the Ministry of Education (YDA, 青年發展署) before applying for a visa, MOFA said in a statement. Applicants were previously required to first obtain a certificate from the YDA and to apply for a YMS visa at the British Office within three months of receiving the certificate. MOFA welcomes the announcement, saying the decision will make it easier for Taiwanese youth to visit the U.K. It also shows the U.K. deeply values the program, it added. 1,000 Slots for 2-year Stay In a separate statement, the British Office, which represents British interests in Taiwan in the absence of official diplomatic ties, also announced the major change. “Unlike in previous years, the selection criteria will change to a lottery-based system managed by U.K. Visas and Immigration. There will no longer be the requirement to provide a Certificate of Sponsorship,” it noted. The office said the selection process would be split into two rounds, one in January and one in July. A total of 800 applicants will be selected for the first round in January 2017.

To apply for the scheme, interested parties should send an email to [email protected] between Jan. 9, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. and Jan. 11, 2017 at 12:00 p.m., the office said. The Taiwan-U.K. Youth Mobility Scheme took effect in 2012.

Under the scheme, each year a total of 1,000 Taiwanese people between the ages of 18 and 30 are allowed to go on working holiday in Britain for as long as two years. In return, 1,000 British youth are permitted to go on working holiday in Taiwan to experience local customs and culture. For more details, consult the following statement at–2