UK Gives Go-Ahead To 3,000 Visas For Indians Hours After Modi-Sunak Meeting At G-20

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Hours after British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 summit on Tuesday, the government of the United Kingdom (UK) gave the green light to 3,000 visas for that young Indian professionals are working there.

In the Downing Street reading, the British government said India was the first nationwide visa country to benefit from the new UK-India scheme for young professionals, and highlighted the strength of the UK partnership United-India on Migration and Mobility agreed 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.

Sunak and Modi met for the first time on Tuesday after the first Indian-born British prime minister took office last month.

UK-India Young Professionals Program

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.

India-UK Trade Agreement

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.

(With ANI entries)

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