The UK-India Young Professionals Scheme will be reciprocal and the UK government says its launch is a “significant moment” for the two countries’ bilateral relationship.
“I know firsthand the incredible value of our deep cultural and historical ties to India,” Sunak said. said.
“I am delighted that even more bright young people in India will now have the opportunity to experience all that life in the UK has to offer and vice versa, making our economy and society richer.”
It also demonstrates a wider commitment “to building stronger ties with the Indo-Pacific region to strengthen our economies”, the UK government added.
The UK-India Young Professionals Scheme was confirmed today, offering 3,000 places to Indian nationals aged 18 to 30 with a degree, who can come to the UK to live and work for up to two years. pic.twitter.com/K6LlSDLne4
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) November 16, 2022
With more ties than almost any country in the Indo-Pacific region, India is the focus of the UK’s attention and a trade deal is currently under negotiation. The UK-India trade relationship is already worth £24bn.
The UK also noted the importance of India as a source for international students, pointing to the fact that almost a quarter of all international students in the UK are from India.
“The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly important to our security and prosperity. It is rich with dynamic and fast-growing economies, and the next decade will be defined by what happens in this region,” Sunak added.
The UK prime minister also stressed that UK national security “will always be” a precondition for any UK-China engagement, during a meeting with Chinese President Xi at the G20 summit in Indonesia on November 15.
“The Indo-Pacific region is increasingly important to our security and our prosperity”
The UK also offers a Youth Mobility Scheme for 18-30 year olds from Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino and Iceland, in addition to a separate Youth Mobility Scheme ballot for people from Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea. and Taiwan.
India is the first visa nation to take advantage of the Young Professionals Exchange Programme, the UK added, “underscoring the strength of the UK-India Partnership on Migration and Mobility agreed last year“.