If you are not currently resident or studying in the UK, you must have the right to undertake regular paid performance work in the UK without the need for individual work visas/permits, and be eligible to visit and undertake performances in the UK via the Permitted Paid Engagements route. We regret that anyone currently holding a 'visa national' passport (and not currently holding a valid UK student visa) is ineligible to apply for YCAT. Please refer to this current list of UK government recognised visa national countries: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/immigration-rules/immigration-rules-appendix-visitor-visa-national-list

If you are currently studying in the UK on a Student Visa, you can apply for YCAT, but must be able to guarantee that any paid work as result of YCAT does not contravene the visa obligations and requirements with the issuing institution. For those students in their final year of study (i.e. finishing their course of study in summer 2024), you must be applying for either the 2 year UK Graduate Route in 2024 in order to remain in UK (https://study-uk.britishcouncil.org/after-your-studies/post-study-work), or have confirmation of the UK Global Talent visa for the following five years (https://www.gov.uk/global-talent).