Sunak approves 3,000 UK visas for Indians after meeting PM Modi


London, United Kingdom): British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has approved 3,000 visas a year for young professionals from India to work in the UK.

The British government says India is the first visa nation to benefit from such a system, highlighting the importance of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership signed last year. In a tweet, the UK Prime Minister’s Office said: “The UK-India Young Professionals Scheme was confirmed today, offering 3,000 places for Indian nationals aged 18-30 with a degree to come live and work in the UK. for two years.”

According to a Downing Street readout, Sunak met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the 17th time at the G20 summit.

It was their first meeting since the first British Prime Minister of Indian origin took office last month.

“Prime Ministers @narendramodi & @RishiSunak held talks on the first day of the @g20org summit in Bali,” Modi’s office tweeted.

The UK is offering 3,000 places a year for Indian nationals aged 18-30 with a degree to come to the UK to live and work for two years under the new British-Indian Young Professionals scheme. The program will be mutual.

“The launch of the program is a significant moment for both our bilateral relationship with India and the UK’s wider commitment to build closer links with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen both our economies,” Downing Street said in a statement.

According to the report, the UK has more links with India than almost any other country in the Indo-Pacific region. Almost a quarter of international students in the UK are in India and Indian investment in the UK supports 95,000 jobs across the country.

The UK is currently negotiating a trade deal with India; if concluded, it will be India’s first such agreement with a European country. The trade deal would expand the UK-India trade relationship, which is already worth £24 billion, and allow the UK to take advantage of the opportunities offered by India’s expanding economy.

“In May 2021, the UK and India signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding to increase mobility between our countries, return those who have no right to stay in the UK and India respectively, and share best practice on organized immigration crime,” the UK PMO said. he added.

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