It is a new chapter in the visa policy between the United Kingdom and India. The two nations have begun with the signature and exchange of the Young Professionals Scheme (YPS) letters. India joins a select group of nations.
The nations like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Taiwan, Iceland, San Marino, Monaco, South Korea, and Hong Kong. They offer a programme that allows 3,000 people to live and work in the UK. This offer is applicable to people between the ages of 18 and 30. This stay in the UK is for two years without the need for a sponsor or an available job.
Young Professionals Scheme
S.Jaishankar, the minister of external affairs, and Priti Patel, the UK’s home secretary, say that India is the only visa-required nation. They also mentioned “Migration and Mobility Partnership” in May 2021 in Delhi. This partnership included YPS as one of its main centerpieces.
Vikram Doraiswami, the Indian High Commissioner to the UK, and Matthew Rycroft, the permanent secretary of the UK Home Office, exchanged YPS letters on January 9, 2023.
Applicants flooded from all over world:
- Australia (30,000 places)
- Canada (6,000)
- Monaco (1,000)
- New Zealand (13,000)
- San Marino (1,000), and
- Iceland (1,000)
These countries can apply for a visa directly through the UK Youth Mobility Scheme.
But people those from:
- Japan (1,500)
- South Korea (1,000)
- Hong Kong (1,000)
- Taiwan (1,000)
- India (3,000)
must go through a balloting process.
India’s criteria is yet to be public. It is said that the criteria for India will be similar to other nations. Specifically like that choose representatives by ballot, like Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
How Indian Students will be benefitted?
India is granted the higher number of 3,000 places. It is due to its size and the anticipated high level of interest in the programme. Email entries for the ballot are taken from applicants twice a year, often in the months of January and July.
Indian applicants will need to prove that they have money in their bank accounts. Roughly £2,530 (Rs 2.50 lakh), to prove that they can sustain themselves while living in the UK.
The candidates cannot be financially responsible for the children under the age of 18 . Even though they will gain access to the UK’s National Health Services. Those who are successful will not have access to public monies (NHS).
India and UK Relations
The YPS’ formalisation comes while both nations are engaged in historic, protracted Free Trade Agreement (FTA) discussions. But more significantly, various Conservative ministers have discussed the need to control and restrict foreign student migration. Especially those from India, over the past few months, including current home secretary Suella Braverman.
However, there is more confidence right now because the YPS between India and the UK represents a significant turning point. According to the British High Commission, there has been an increase in the number of Indian students. Post Brexit there has been a rise in demand for Indian students.
Various schemes are being offered by the UK government. Recently, the UK government offered special bank accounts to Indian students. The government also offered work visa to students to fill the skill labour market gap. All these indicate a bright and promising future for the Indian students in the UK.