India, UK ink deal to allow entry of 3,000 young professionals annually

Letters formalizing the much-awaited India-UK Young Professional Scheme were signed and exchanged on Monday by High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami and Permanent Undersecretary of State for UK Home Office Mathew Rycroft. No more than 3,000 young professionals can avail the scheme every year.  

“It was on January 9 that Mahatma Gandhi returned to India from South Africa,” noted Mathew Rycroft during the event at the High Commission of India in London. High Commissioner Vikram Doraiswami informed how the ongoing Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in Indore makes the occasion all the more special.  

The Young Professionals Scheme or YPS is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Migration and Mobility Partnership between the two governments that was signed on May 4, 2021. The letters signed confirm the completion of their respective internal procedures for the implementation of YPS.  

In a statement HCI said, “Under the scheme, young professionals (graduates) who are between the age of 18-30, will be authorized 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.”  

The details of how to apply and what next are yet to be released. HCI in this regard further confirmed that, “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 UK government website specifically advises graduates not to use the page to enter the ballot for the Young Professionals Scheme. The ballot for Indian nationals is not open yet. 

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