UK, India agree on partnership to boost work visas for Indian nationals, enhance migration cooperation
The UK and India on Tuesday signed an ambitious new migration partnership, which will see both countries benefit from a new scheme for young Indian and British professionals to live and work in one another’s countries.
Home Secretary Priti Patel and Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar signed the ‘Migration and Mobility Partnership’, which aims to make it easier for British and Indian nationals to live and work in each other’s countries, whilst also enhancing cooperation on combatting immigration crime and fraud.
This historic agreement is part of the UK Government’s commitment to delivering an immigration system that attracts the best and brightest individuals from India and around the world. It also enhances UK-India cooperation to protect a great many Indian nationals who obey immigration rules, by stopping unfair manipulation of the system by a small minority who breach the terms of their visas or enter the UK illegally.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “The UK Government is committed to deliver an immigration system that offers clear opportunities to the brightest and best talent from India and around the world to come to the UK to study, work and live. This ground-breaking new partnership with India is an important milestone in delivering on that commitment."
“It will give greater freedom and opportunity to thousands of young people in the UK and India wanting to experience each other’s cultures, whilst also ensuring that we can work together to protect the vast majority of Indian nationals who do play by the rules.”