As you may be aware, that in November 2022, the UK’s newly appointed PM Rishi Sunak announced and approved up to 3,000 visas for young Indian professionals under a new scheme to live and work in the country each year.
In the view of this, The United Kingdom has come up with a new immigration scheme that will benefit eligible Indian nationals. The Young Professionals Scheme, part of the larger Youth Mobility Scheme, does not require a sponsor or a job offer and is aimed at young degree-holding Indians between the ages of 18 and 30.
UK’s Young Professionals Scheme
The Embassy of the United Kingdom in India announced that the country is preparing to open their new immigration scheme to qualified Indians. The best part is that you don’t have to have a sponsor or a job offer to apply.
The UK’s Young Professionals Scheme will allow degree-holding Indian nationals aged 18 to 30 to live and work in the UK for up to two years.
“Eligible applicants must submit their interest in the Young Professionals Scheme by entering into a ballot between 28 February and 2 March,” said the UK Embassy in a Tweet.
To be eligible for the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme, applicants must fulfill the following requirements:
- Possess a qualification equal to or above RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree or above).
- Provide proof of education in the form of a copy of the qualification and written confirmation from the college or university.
- Obtain a local police certificate or a police clearance certificate issued no more than 6 months before the date of application.
- Have been issued with an invitation to apply in accordance with the invitation to apply arrangements.
- Make the application within the specified time frame and provide the unique application number for that invitation to apply.
UK Young Professionals Scheme
Eligible applicants must submit their interest in the Young Professionals Scheme by participating in a ballot that will be held from 28 February to 2 March, 2023.
The ballot will randomly select participants, and if successful, they will be invited to submit their visa application. The scheme will offer 3,000 places annually and is part of the larger Youth Mobility Scheme, which works on a two-tier system.
Reciprocity and Other Details
The programme is reciprocal in nature, allowing UK professionals in a similar position to participate in a professional exchange by living and working in India.
The UK-India Young Professionals Scheme is the only visa-requiring country, apart from Japan, that has this scheme. In the 12 months ending June 2022, India overtook China as the largest source country for student visas issued by the UK, according to UK Home Office statistics.
India and the UK share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and have adopted Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations.
The UK’s new immigration program for young professionals is a major breakthrough for eligible Indian nationals who wish to live and work in Britain for up to two years.
The scheme does not require a sponsor or a job offer, making it easier for young Indians to participate. The eligibility criteria, ballot system, and other details have been outlined above, and interested applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.