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UK signs visa deal with India to attract young professionals


The UK and India have signed an ambitious new migration partnership, with a scheme to make it easier for young Indian and British professionals to live and work in one another’s countries. In early May, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Indian Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, signed the new Migration and Mobility Partnership, which claims to offer clear opportunities to the brightest and best talent from India to come to the UK to study, work and live.

The agreement will allow up to 3,000 young Indian professionals, aged 18 to 30, to come to the UK through this route each year and stay for two years. The Government claims Indian nationals are already also benefitting from the UK’s new points-based immigration system, which assesses applicants based on their skills and talent rather than where they are from.

The two countries have further established measures to facilitate the return of Indian nationals with no legal right to stay in the UK, and vice versa, and ensure greater co-operation around organised immigration crime. Welfare groups have expressed concerns over some of the elements of the agreement and  ion particular whether there will be an increase in deportations once the two year visa period ends.