Rishi Sunak has thrown open Britain’s borders to 3,000 more Indian graduates to help pave the way for a major trade deal.
A deal has been signed off allowing degree-educated young professionals to spend two years here before returning home. But the move risks a battle with Home Secretary Suella Braverman after giving the green light after she blasted migrant over-stayers. It comes as the Prime Minister “wouldn't sacrifice quality for speed” as he appeared to dampen speculation about a trade deal being on the horizon.
He will announce the visa deal today when he meets Indian PM Narendra Modi where 3,000 people a year will be able to come and stay here for two years. The reciprocal deal is part of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership which was agreed upon last year. The new deal comes after the Home Secretary blasted the immigration system in this country. She said: “Look at migration in this country – the largest group of people who overstay are Indian migrants.
Trade negotiators are currently in talks with India over a trade deal and is set to be the first with a European country. The trade relationship between the two countries is worth £24 billion.
“FICCI welcomes the announcement of the UK-India Young Professions Scheme. This will give the brightest young minds from both the countries to live and work in the other country. This will be an opportunity of a lifetime for these young professionals. The announcement also highlights the strength of the UK-India Migration and Mobility Partnership agreed last year,” Arun Chawla, Director General, FICCI said.