The UK and India immigration agreement- what is it?
A “Memorandum of understanding on the migration and mobility partnership between India and the United Kingdom’’ was produced in May 2021 to promote cooperation and attract talent.
What is the Memorandum of understanding?
There are two main parts to the agreement between India and the UK including a young professionals scheme and a plan for greater working together and cooperation on the removal of those who do not have a valid visa or permission to be in the UK.
The young professionals scheme provides an opportunity to allow young Indian and British professionals between the ages of 18-30 to live and work in each other’s country for a period of 2-years. It is said that the scheme will improve the process for eligible Indian nationals to live and work in the UK.
There are requirements in place for applying for the young professionals scheme including holding a diploma or degree corresponding to the employment offer or comparable professional experience. In addition, Indian nationals applying for the UK scheme will need to meet the English language test, a financial requirement and show that they can support themselves in the UK. Further to this, nationals must not have applied under this scheme previously and immigration fees are applicable.
This agreement appears to be a great opportunity for young professionals to experience a different culture and experience working in a different country without having to apply for a sponsored skilled worker visa for instance.
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