New UK-India visa scheme to start early next year

This new UK-India visa scheme was launched on 16 November. Under the scheme, 3,000 visas will be offered annually to Indian students and professionals aged 18 to 30 to live and work in the UK for up to 24 months.

This new UK-India visa scheme will become operational from early next year.

Industry and student groups in the UK have welcomed the new UK-India Young Professionals scheme launched by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, calling the scheme a major step forward in ensuring smooth movement of top talent between markets.

The Lord Mayor of London welcomed the announcement from the G20 summit in Bali and called for increased exchanges between the two countries in other areas as well.

Lord Mayor Nicholas Lyons said: “Obstacles to international trade need to be removed and visa schemes like this are a big step forward in making sure we allow top talent to move freely.”

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) termed the new scheme as an ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ for young professionals from both the countries.

National Indian Students and Alumni Union (NISAU) UK President Sanam Arora said, “I hope as many young Britons as possible are encouraged to take up this plan to move to India, as it really is a wonderful way to educate Is.

Sanam also said the scheme would help create a vibrant bridge for young Indian and British talent to enrich the other country, just as our Indian students, whom we are honoring through the India UK Achievers’ Honours, have done for centuries are coming

The scheme will be open to degree-educated young professionals under the age of 30, with detailed application criteria expected to be laid out in the coming weeks. Further updates will be added after the first Indian ballot papers are announced, said UK Home Office guidance.

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