Following Britain’s exit from the European Union as UK starts to assert more control on its immigration system. Britain and India signed an accord on migration and mobility, in what is seen as an engagement to deepen economic, cultural and other ties.
According to the agreement there will be enhanced employment opportunities for 3,000 young Indian professionals annually.
The agreement will allow thousands of 18-30-year-olds to work and live in UK for up to two years. This professional and cultural exchange programme will work in a similar way to current Youth Mobility Schemes, with India being the first visa national country.
It will allow up to 3,000 young Indian professionals to come to the UK through this route each year.
This pact is a precursor to the full trade deal scheduled to start later in the year.
The announcement is in line with UK’s stated position that it wants its Immigration system to attract “the best and brightest, and supporting people coming to the UK through legal routes, while stopping the abuse of the system and speeding up the removal of those who have no right to be in the UK”.
This change comes on the back of new Skilled worker visa that was launched in Jan 2021 and in addition to visas like Innovator visa and Start up visas intended to attract entrepreneurs and cementing UK’s position as hub for innovation.
UK has also seen a surge of applications from Indian students seeking higher education in UK, after it announced the reintroduction of post study work visa for graduates.
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