3,000 young professionals in India, UK to benefit from exchange scheme | India News – Times of India

LONDON: Young Indian professionals are set to have a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to live and work in the UK for up to two years under a new professional and cultural exchange agreed between UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and PM Narendra Modi at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Indonesia.
The two leaders met on Wednesday and in that meeting confirmed the new UK-India Young Professionals Scheme, in which the UK will offer 3,000 places annually to 18-30-years-old degree-educated Indian nationals to go to the UK to live and work for up to two years. The scheme will be reciprocal.
The route will open in early 2023. It is separate to and not a part of the bilateral trade deal currently being negotiated.
Sunak, who is of Indian descent, said: “I know first-hand the incredible value of the deep cultural and historic ties we have 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.”
Sanam Arora, chairperson of NISAU, UK, said he had no doubt that the scheme would be “oversubscribed from India’s perspective” but that he hoped that “as many young Brits as possible are also encouraged to take up this scheme to go to India”.
The scheme was welcomed by City of London lord mayor Nicholas Lyons, who said it would help “allow top talent to move smoothly between markets”.
India is the first “visa-national country” to benefit from such a UK scheme, highlighting the strength of the UK-India migration and mobility partnership agreed last year.
That MoU signed in May 2021 aims not only to increase mobility between both countries, but also to return those with no right to be in both the UK and India and share best practices on organised immigration crime.
UK home secretary Suella Braverman had criticised the scheme in an interview, saying that “the largest group of people who overstay in Britain are Indian migrants” and the scheme to return them “has not necessarily worked very well”, sparking a sharp rebuttal from the Indian government.
Number 10 said that “in parallel to the mobility partnership”, the UK was “strengthening its ability” to remove Indian immigration offenders.
Ficci director-general Arun Chawla said his organisation “welcomes” the announcement of the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme”, adding that this would “give the brightest young minds from both countries [opportunities] to live and work in the other country”.

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