UK ambassador Hugh Elliott praises two-year visa scheme

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The UK has announced a special visa scheme which will allow young people to spend up to two years in a European country.

From January 31, a novel visa arrangement now allows, young people from Andorra and the UK to have the chance to live, work or travel to each other’s countries for up to 2 years

This initiative enables a two-year cultural exchange. Young people from Andorra and the UK now have a golden opportunity to travel, work, or reside in each other’s nations, thanks to a fresh collaborative visa programme.

Understanding the Youth Mobility Scheme

The Youth Mobility Scheme (YMS) serves as a bridge for cultural exchanges, enabling participants to delve into the lifestyle of the UK. Each YMS results from a bilateral, mutually advantageous agreement, meticulously negotiated to enrich the experiences of British citizens abroad as well.

Under this new scheme, up to 100 Andorrans aged 18 to 30 can apply, provided they have £2,530 in savings and cover the Immigration Health Surcharge beforehand.

Successful applicants gain the freedom to work and reside in the UK for up to 24 months. They can also travel in and out of the UK throughout the validity of their visa.

Benefits and opportunities

‘The Youth Mobility Scheme is an excellent opportunity for young Andorran and British people to immerse themselves in each other’s cultures, making life-long connections that will bolster our already strong people-to-people links.

‘I hope those eligible can take advantage of this exciting new scheme and apply,’ stated Hugh Elliott, the British Ambassador to Spain and Andorra.

This reciprocal agreement doesn’t just favour Andorran youths but also extends considerable benefits to young Britons.

It aims at promoting cultural exchanges and strengthening the bonds between the UK and its partners. Through it, individuals are offered the chance to assimilate into different cultures, build up valuable work experience, and mingle with local communities, laying the groundwork for enduring friendships and cultural understanding.

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John Ensor

Originally from Doncaster, Yorkshire, John now lives in Galicia, Northern Spain with his wife Nina. He is passionate about news, music, cycling and animals.


    • Patricia Mathieson

      09 February 2024 • 00:43

      It is atrocious that the ambassador has been spending so much time working on this when the young people involved won’t have the chance to pursue careers in Spain after the.y leave the programme, and meanwhile hundreds of thousands of older people have lost their pre-Brecit rights of access to their own homes in Spain. What is the ambassador doing about that? It would seem that he is doing nothing.

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