India Young Professional Scheme
What is the India Young Professional Scheme?
The UK government has agreed to participate in a Scheme aimed at allowing increased mobility for a limited number of young people between India and the UK. The India Young Professional Scheme is a deal which has now been signed by both countries and will allow 3000 Indian nationals per year, aged between 18-30, to come to the UK to live, work and study for a maximum period of 2 years. Eligible Indians will be chosen by ballot. The agreement is reciprocal thus, UK nationals will be able to do the same in India. It will run for three years initially, and the hope is that the Scheme will be up and running in March 2023, but no formal date has been given yet.
Why has the scheme been introduced?
The Scheme has been introduced as part of the UK government’s commitment to deliver an immigration system that attracts the best and brightest individuals from India and around the world. It will continue to enhance an existing bilateral relationship between the two countries, and it is imperative for both countries’ continued prosperity.
What are the basic requirements for an Indian national who wants to come to the UK under the Scheme?
The applicants must:
- Be aged between 18-30 at the time of application.
- Hold a valid diploma / degree (RQF Level 6).
- Hold a valid passport of India.
- Submit a valid application to the Home Office online and pay the relevant fees consisting of: Home Office application fee (currently £259.00) and Immigration Health Surcharge fee (currently £940.00 and covers the applicant for the entire 2-year period).
- Demonstrate they have sufficient financial resources to meet their needs during their stay. The current financial requirement is to have held funds of at least £2530.00 continuously for a 28-day period. Evidence which is submitted as proof of this must be dated within 31 days before the date of application.
- Provide a local police certificate or a police clearance certificate that has been issued no more than 6 months before the date of application.
- Provide a valid Tuberculosis certificate confirming that they have undergone screening for active pulmonary tuberculosis and that such tuberculosis is not present in them.
How to apply
Eligible Indians will need to submit what is called an ‘expression of interest’ when the ballot system opens for India. Ballots typically open in January and July of each year and for a period of 48 hours only. Thus, the applicant has a limited time to register their interest/enter the ballot. As part of entering the ballot, the applicant will be required to submit an e-mail to the Home Office with their personal details such as name, date of birth and passport number. Once the ballot has closed, the Home Office will then select 3000 individuals at random (by ballot) and invite those applicants to apply for the visa. Chosen applicants will then be required to apply online and pay the relevant application fees. Decisions on those applications are expected within 3 weeks of applying online.
The ballot for the India Young Professional Scheme is yet to open. Keep an eye of announcements of the ballot by visiting www.gov.uk and of course, keep following Axiom DWFM on social media where we will keep you up to date on all the recent developments on the India Young Professional Scheme.
Conditions of grant
- If successful, applicants will be granted entry clearance into the UK for a maximum period of 2 years, and which will allow for multiple re-entry.
- The applicant is not allowed to have access to public funds.
- Work and study are permitted subject to a few conditions (e.g. the applicant can’t work as a professional sportsperson and there are some restrictions surrounding self-employment).
- The applicant can switch into a Skilled Worker category without leaving the UK.
- The applicant is not required to take up employment at all and can simply use the visa as an opportunity to experience the culture in the UK for 2 years.
Other important considerations
- Applicants will not be permitted to bring dependants to the UK with them.
- They cannot have any children in their home country who are under 18 and who are living with them or who are financially dependent upon them.
- Applicants also can only take part in the Scheme once in their lifetime.
Are you an Indian national interested in experiencing the British way of life for 2 years? Or, are you a UK national interested in experiencing what India has to offer? Either way, Axiom DWFM have an experienced team of solicitors with over 50 years’ experience collectively, who are waiting to take your call and assist you with all your immigration enquiries. Please contact our Birmingham office on 0121 758 6533 to receive expert legal advice at competitive rates.