UK-India Young Professionals Scheme: Rishi Sunak approves 3,000 visas for Indians. 

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  • November 19, 2022

PM Rishi Sunak has 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 UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed last year.

The Prime Minister’s Office stated, “I know first-hand the great value of our deep cultural and historical ties with India. I am pleased that even more of India’s brightest young people will now have the opportunity to experience all that life in the UK has to offer – and vice-versa – making our economies and societies richer.”

According to a tweet from the UK Prime Minister’s Office, 3,000 places will be available for degree-educated Indian nationals aged 18-30 to live and work in the UK for up to two years.

The announcement came after Sunak met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi  on the sidelines of the 17th edition of the G20 Summit They met for the first time since the first Indian-origin British prime minister took office last month.

“Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @RishiSunak in conversation during the first day of the @g20org Summit in Bali,” PM Modi’s Office said in a tweet.

In the Indo-Pacific region, the UK has more connections with India than almost any other country. Nearly a quarter of all international students in the UK are from India, and Indian investment into the UK supports 95,000 jobs across the UK.

Meanwhile, the UK is in negotiations with India over a trade deal that would establish India’s first trade deal with a European nation. Using the trade deal, the UK could leverage its 24 billion pound trade relationship with India and take advantage of India’s growing economy.

In parallel to the mobility partnership with India, the British government said it is also strengthening its ability to remove immigration offenders.

“The UK and India signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding in May 2021 aimed at increasing mobility between our countries, returning those who did not have the right to be in either country, and sharing best practices on organised immigration crime,” the UK PMO said.


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