UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has approved the UK-India Young Professionals Scheme that offers 3,000 visas for Indian professionals. Indian nationals who are between the age of 18 and 30 and have a degree can opt for this. They can live and work in the UK for two years.
According to the British government, India is the first visa-national country to benefit from the scheme.
The scheme will be reciprocal. It will involve British nationals living and working in India, too. The deal was signed as part of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership (MMP). It will be formally launched in early 2023.
The announcement from Downing Street came soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at the 17th edition of the G20 Summit in Bali.
It was their first meeting after Rishi assumed office in October.
The scheme will strengthen the bilateral relationship between India and UK. It would also propel the ongoing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations.