British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has given the green light to 3,000 visas for young Indian professionals to work in the UK every year.
The British government has declared India to be the first nationwide visa country to benefit from such a scheme, underscoring the strength of the UK-India partnership on migration and mobility entered into l ‘last year.
“Today the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme has been confirmed, offering 3,000 places for qualified Indian nationals aged 18-30 to come to the UK to live and work for up to two years,” said said the British Prime Minister’s office. in a tweet.
The announcement in the Downing Street reading came hours after Mr Sunak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 summit. It was their first meeting after the first Indian-born British prime minister took office last month.
“Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @RishiSunak in conversation on the first day of the @g20org summit in Bali,” Prime Minister Modi’s office said in a tweet.
Under the new UK-India Young Professionals Scheme, the UK will provide 3,000 places a year for qualified Indian nationals aged 18-30 to come to the UK to live and work in the UK until two years. The scheme will be reciprocal.
“The launch of the program is an important moment for both our bilateral relationship with India and the UK’s wider commitment to forging stronger ties with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen our two economies,” he said. Downing Street said in a statement.
He said the UK had more ties to India than almost any country in the Indo-Pacific region. Almost a quarter of all international students in the UK come from India, and Indian investment in the UK supports 95,000 jobs across the UK.
The UK is currently negotiating a trade deal with India – if agreed, it will be India’s first such deal with a European country. The trade deal would build on the UK’s trading relationship with India, which is already worth £24 billion, and allow the UK to seize the opportunities presented by India’s growing economy.
Alongside the mobility partnership with India, the UK government said it was also strengthening its ability to ward off immigration offenders.
“A historic Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the UK and India in May 2021 aimed at increasing mobility between our countries, returning those who have no right to be in the UK and India respectively and to share best practice on organized immigration crime,” the UK PMO said. added.
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