UK-India to sign a new special policy in Feb 2023.
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Published on: 23rd Jan 2023
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UK-India to sign a new special policy

India and the UK government plan to launch a new scheme that will provide thousands of Indian nationals between the ages of 18 and 30 with a wide range of opportunities. On February 28, 2023, the UK and India will launch the “Young Professionals Scheme,” allowing Indian nationals to live and work in the UK for up to 2 years.

The program will be reciprocal, with UK professionals in similar positions able to participate in a professional exchange by living and working in India. The statement came following the 15th India-UK Foreign Office Consultations (FOC).

According to UK Home Office data, India surpassed China as the leading source country for student visas issued by the UK in the fiscal year ending June 2022.

In a British government statement, Foreign Secretary Philip Barton stated, “I am delighted to be in New Delhi at the start of 2023 to reaffirm the United Kingdom’s commitment to the 2030 Roadmap for Deepening Cooperation with India. Through our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, the United Kingdom and India are working together to address some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as food and energy security, economic recovery post-Covid, and the prevention of future pandemics”.

He also stated that the UK and India are increasingly cooperating multilaterally, including with the WHO and the international community, on potential malaria and Ebola vaccines.
“I was pleased to hear Foreign Secretary Kwatra’s ambitious plans for India’s G20 presidency. India is located in the Indo-Pacific region, which is home to half of the world’s population and accounts for 50% of global economic growth. The United Kingdom is committed to collaborating closely with India to ensure the success of its Presidency ” he stated.

According to India’s External Affairs Ministry, both countries have a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, as evidenced by the adoption of the Roadmap 2030 for Future Relations.

The statement mentioned, both nations discussed trade and economic cooperation, defence and security, science and technology, people-to-people relations, health, and climate change. India and the United Kingdom want to conclude a balanced and comprehensive India-UK FTA as soon as possible, which would deepen economic cooperation between the world’s fifth and sixth-largest economies.

The two nations also discussed regional and global issues of mutual interest, such as Afghanistan, Ukraine, the Indo-Pacific, the Commonwealth, and the United Nations, according to the statement.
The UK recognised India’s contribution to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member in 2021-22 and reiterated its support for UNSC reforms. Britain also praised India’s priorities as G20 President this year, saying it was looking forward to its participation.

Last November, the British High Commission in India reported that Indian nationals remained the most common nationality granted ‘worker’ visas, accounting for 39% of the total. Previously, British High Commissioner to India Alex Ellis stated that they were on track to resume processing India-to-UK visa applications “within our standard of 15 days” in October 2022.

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