UK-India Migration & Mobility Deal
The Migration and Mobility Partnership signed by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel and Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will allow 18- to 30-year-olds to work or study in the UK for up to 24 months, while accelerating the process of deporting Indian nationals deemed to be here illegally.
This deal aims to establish and develop co-operation between the UK and India in the following areas:
- Greater collaboration across the field of migration and mobility, recognising 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 the facilitation of the return of nationals of either of the country’s, where those nationals have no legal right to enter or remain in the other.
Mobility of Students, Academics and Researchers
Each country will allow the entry and stay of nationals of the other country for the purpose of study, which may include permitted work placements and vocational training, provided they meet the requirements of the relevant immigration laws and regulations, recognising in particular, the requirements in the UK and Indian laws and regulations 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 pre-consular procedures. 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 promote opportunities for Indian nationals studying in the UK to remain in the UK to undertake skilled work following the successful completion of their studies. 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 labour market. On expiry of this period, those who are already in employment or have a promise of employment who meet the requirements in the UK Immigration Rules may continue to reside in the UK to carry out their professional activity.
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 create a Joint Working Group comprising of representatives of both their respected nations. The Joint Working Group will evaluate the implementation of the provisions set forth in the MoU and discuss all appropriate proposals to improve implementation, as necessary.
Young Professional’s Scheme
The Young Professional’s Scheme allows young nationals of both countries to experience life in another culture(UK or India), with the option of taking up employment as an incidental part of their stay. The government authorities responsible for implementing the Young Professionals Scheme will be the UK Home Department and the Ministry of Home Affairs of India. This Scheme will permit a maximum of 3000 qualified nationals per year to take part in the Scheme.
- Qualifying Requirements
The Countries will consider persons who meet the following requirements to be qualified to take part in the Scheme:
- to submit an individual application to the relevant organisation responsible for collection and submission of applications for the UK or India.
- to comply with all relevant immigration law and regulations, including admissibility and verification, of the country.
- to be a national of either India or the UK, and hold a valid passport issued by the applicant’s country of nationality.
- to have not previously taken part in the Scheme.
- to be able to demonstrate that they have the sufficient financial resources to meet their needs during their authorised period of stay.
- to not be accompanied by any dependent(s) under their application.
- to pay the applicable fee(s), which include(s) but not limited to the fee for a visa.
- to hold a valid degree or diploma.
- The duration of the authorised period of stay may not exceed 24 months. For UK nationals who wish to remain in India for the maximum total period allowed, this can take the form of two consecutive 12-month periods of stay.
- 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 to qualified nationals, who satisfy all of the requirements set out for the Young Professionals Scheme visa, or the Indian equivalent, 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 countries may, consistent with their laws and regulations, refuse the application by any person for a Young Professionals Scheme visa or the Indian equivalent, or refuse the entry of any person taking part in the Scheme or remove any such person if they consider the person to be undesirable.
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