On February 28, the UK government has announced that young professionals from India and the UK can now apply to live, study, travel, and work for up to two years in each other’s nations.
The reciprocal Young Professionals Initiative, the first of its kind, offers Indian and UK citizens the chance to discover new cultures and contribute skills to both economies.
Indian citizens who qualify for the programme can now participate in a free 48-hour vote from which 2,400 randomly chosen applicants will be invited to submit their visa applications. Applicants must be Indian citizens, between the ages of 18 and 30, and degree-holders. Later in the year, there will be another election.
British citizens who are eligible and interested are welcome to apply at any time to the Young Professionals Scheme without having to go through a ballot process.
Young professionals from both nations are encouraged by the UK to visit one another’s country and take part in this cultural interaction.
Immigration Minister Robert Jenrick said:
“The Young Professionals Scheme is a unique opportunity for British and Indian graduates to experience the richness of a new culture and way of life while building their professional experience and expertise. This new scheme illustrates the importance of our relationship with India and will bring great benefits to both countries.”
“I encourage young professionals from India and the UK who want to share their skills and talents to apply.”
The UK-India Mobility and Migration Partnership, which was signed in May 2021, includes a crucial component called the Young Professionals Scheme, which highlights the strength of the economic and cultural ties between the two countries.
In addition to the Young Professionals Plan, the Partnership includes a number of promises to reinforce migration-related agreements, such as steps to improve our capacity to deport immigration offenders and ensure stronger cooperation in the face of organized immigration crime.