Rishi Sunak, the newly appointed Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Wednesday, approved 3,000 visas for young Indian professionals to live and work in the country each year.
According to the British government, India is the first visa-national country to benefit from such a scheme, highlighting the importance of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership which was signed last year.
The announcement comes hours after Mr Rishi Sunak and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met outside the 17th G20 Summit. This was their first meeting since the first British prime minister of Indian descent took office last month.
“Today the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme was confirmed, offering 3,000 places to 18–30-year-old degree-educated Indian nationals to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years,” the UK Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.
Today the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme was confirmed, offering 3,000 places to 18–30 year-old degree educated Indian nationals to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years. pic.twitter.com/K6LlSDLne4— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) November 16, 2022
UK-India Young Professionals Scheme
The UK will provide 3,000 visas a year under the new UK-India Young Professionals Scheme. These visas will be granted to young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30.
Under the new visa scheme, degree-holding Indian nationals are allowed to live and work in the UK for up to two years.
The UK-India Young Professionals Program will be reciprocal in nature, which means that India will also grant UK professionals visas and other benefits.
The UK has more connections to India than almost any other nation in the Indo-Pacific. India contributes nearly one-fourth of all foreign students in the UK, and 95,000 jobs are supported by Indian investment there.
A statement issued by Downing Street reads;
“The launch of the scheme is a significant moment both for our bilateral relationship with India and the UK’s wider commitment to forging stronger links with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen both our economies.”
“A landmark Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and India in May 2021 aimed at increasing mobility between our countries, returning those with no right to be in the UK and India respectively and sharing best practices on organized immigration crime,” the UK PMO added.
(With Inputs From ANI)
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