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The new UK-India Migration and Mobility Deal

United Kingdom-India Migration & Mobility Deal

  • Priti Patel, UK Home Secretary, and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Indian Foreign Minister, signed the UK-India Migration and Mobility Deal recently.. It will also accelerate the deportation of Indian nationals who are illegally in the UK by giving them up to 24 months to work or study in the UK.
  • Importantly, the United Kingdom-India Migration and Mobility deal agreement intends to create and expand UK-India cooperation in the following areas:
    • Greater collaboration across the field of migration and mobility, recognizing the close people-to-people ties between the two countries.
    • The facilitation of mobility of students, academics and researchers and migration for professional and economic reasons. Abiding by equal treatment of nationals of both Participants’ countries in similar situations subject to national immigration laws.
    • The prevention of and fight against illegal migration, including facilitating the return of either country’s nationals who have no legal right to enter or remain in the other nation.

Mobility of Students, Academics and Researchers

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  • Each country will allow the entry and stay of nationals of the other country for the purpose of study. The law permits work placements and vocational training, if the requirements of the law are met. The deal recognizes in particular the requirements under British and Indian laws relating to sponsorship by a licensed institution. Both these countries will take steps to facilitate and improve the reception of students and the processing of per-consular procedures.
  • Firstly, as per the applicable immigration laws and regulations, the respective countries will provide students of each other’s countries with a long-term visa which allows them to reside for the duration of their studies, subject to a reasonable maximum period.
  • The UK will encourage Indian nationals to continue to work in the UK following study completion by offering flexible work visas.

Immigration and visa grant

  • Indian nationals who successfully complete their studies and who wish to supplement their training with professional experience in the UK may apply to remain in the UK on a work-based immigration route. This may include routes for skilled workers, and for those working or seeking work post-study, as specified in the UK Immigration Rules.
  • Accordingly, the UK will grant permission to stay in the UK for two years to students who have successfully completed an undergraduate and master’s programme and for three years to those completing their PhD. They will be allowed to seek or take up employment related to their training during this period without being subject to the situation of the labor market.
  • However, on expiry of this period, those who are as of now in business or have a guarantee of business who meet the prerequisites within the UK Migration Rules may continue to dwell within the UK to carry out their proficient action.
  • UK nationals who successfully complete their studies and who wish to supplement their training with professional experience in India may obtain permission to stay in India on a work-based immigration route as per applicable national laws and regulations.

Joint Working Group

The two countries will form a Joint Working Group that will include officials from both countries. The Joint Working Group will assess the execution of the MOU’s provisions. And, if required, shall consider any suitable recommendations for improving implementation.

Young Professionals Scheme for Migration and Mobility Deal

  • Young professionals from both countries can participate in the Young Professionals Scheme. They can experience living in a different culture (the UK or India) while also earning an income during their stay.
  • However, The United Kingdom and Indian ministries will supervise the Young Professionals Scheme. This scheme will allow a maximum of 3000 eligible applicants to participate each year.

Qualifying Requirements for United Kingdom-India Migration & Mobility Deal

  • The countries will consider persons who meet the following requirements to be qualified to take part in the Scheme:
    • For individuals that have sent a personal application to the organization that handles petitions for the United Kingdom or India .
    • Those complying with all relevant immigration law and regulations, including admissibility and verification, of the country.
    • Nationals of either India or the UK holding a valid passport issued by the applicant’s country of nationality.
    • Not having previously taken part in the Scheme.
    • Those having the financial means to satisfy their demands for the duration of their allowed stay. Not being accompanied by any dependent(s) under their application.
    • Paying the applicable fee(s), which include(s) but not limited to the fee for a visa.
    • Holding a valid degree or diploma.

Duration

The duration of the authorized period of stay may not exceed 24 months. In India, UK nationals can stay for a total of two years. Two 12-month increments constitute one year.

Age requirements

  • Applicants will be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • Applications can be submitted up to 3 months before the applicant is 18 years old.

Entry & Stay

Subject to considerations of public interest, public order, public security and public health, the participants will:
  • Issue a Young Professionals Scheme visa (or the Indian equivalent) to qualified nationals who satisfy all of the requirements set out for the Young Professionals Scheme visa. This will be valid for presentation to enter the UK or India within a period of 3 months.
  • Grant to qualified nationals holding a valid Young Professionals Scheme visa, or the Indian equivalent, permission to remain in India or the UK for the maximum period of 24 months with multiple re-entry from the date of first entry into the relevant country.
  • The nations may, in accordance with their laws and regulations, deny any individual’s application for a Young Professionals Scheme visa or the Indian equivalent. They will also reject entrance of any person participating in the Scheme if they believe the person to be undesirable.

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Reina D'costa

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