India - UK Signed Agreements to Allow 3,000 Young Professionals to Enter Every Year Under a New Scheme


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Updated On 12 January 2023 & Read Time 3 minutes


Under the Young Professional Scheme, India and UK signed letters on Monday to allow 3,000 young professionals to enter each year. The letters formalised the India-UK Young Professionals Scheme and were signed by High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami and Permanent Undersecretary of State for UK Home Office Matthew Rycroft. The scheme states that, at most, 3,000 young professionals can avail of this special scheme every year.


During the London High Commission of India event, the Undersecretary noted, "It was on January 9 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa.”  High Commissioner Vikram added that the occasion is all the more special with the ongoing Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Indore.


The scheme is a part of the Memorandum of Understanding on the Migration and Mobility Partnership between the governments of both countries, signed on May 4, 2021. This confirms the completion of the respective internal procedures for implementing YPS.


"Under the scheme, young professionals (graduates) who are between the age of 18-30 will be authorised to gain exposure to work life in another culture, with the option of taking employment as an incidental part of their stay for a maximum duration of two years“  HCI stated.


“The Implementation date, checklist for eligibility and step-by-step application procedures will be shared shortly through website and social media outlets of the High Commission,” the HCI further confirmed. The details related to applying for the scheme are yet to be released.


One of the youngest solicitors in England, Hasil Makkar, cautioned regarding the new scheme. In a conversation with India Today, he informed, “The details of the visa process for the scheme is not yet clear, and people should be extra vigilant from those who might use the scheme to dupe them into taking money for the visa. Keep an eye on HCI and Home office website and social media handles for further information,”


The ballot for Indian nationals is not open yet, and the UK government advised graduates not to use the page to enter the Young Professionals Scheme ballot.


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