UK-India Partnership and work visas

The UK and India have agreed a new migration partnership, which will see a new scheme for certain young Indian professionals to live and work in the UK.

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18/05/2021

The specific mechanics of the scheme in the UK are still to be confirmed, but the initial agreed details can be found in the Memorandum of Understanding between the UK and India.

Young Professionals scheme

It has been agreed that the Young Professionals scheme will allow for Indian nationals to come to the UK to live and work for up to 24 months if they:

  • Are aged between 18 and 30 on the date that their application is submitted;
  • hold a valid degree or diploma which must usually validate at least three years’ higher education 'corresponding to the qualification required for the employment on offer';
  • are able to demonstrate knowledge of English (the required level is still to be confirmed); and
  • have not previously taken part in the scheme.

There will also be a cost attributable to the visa and the applicant will need to evidence access to sufficient financial resources for the duration of their stay. The specific amounts for both of these are still to be confirmed.

There will be a quota under this scheme, which will initially be 3,000 places per year.

Those who come to the UK under this scheme will not be able to bring their family members with them.

When does the scheme open?

There is currently no date given as to when the scheme will open. Further details on the agreement between the UK and India can be found in the Government announcement and the Memorandum of Understanding.