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How you can benefit from UK’s scheme for young Indian professionals


Every year, many Indian students envision and pursue their study abroad dreams. As the financial capacity of individuals all around India is consistently increasing, more families are signing up to send their children abroad to seek excellent quality higher education and secure a white-collar job later on. As per recent research, the number of Indians going abroad for further studies is expected to rise to 1.8 million in 2024. And, these numbers are fine evidence of how your aspiration to step out of your home country and widen your spectrum of knowledge can help you establish a successful career path and life in general.

Clearly, the trend of studying abroad is at its new high. But, so is the confusion to pick a reliable destination. No denying the fact that fulfilling these dreams requires you to bear a cost more than an average Indian’s lifetime savings. Probably why selling lands or taking loans has become the new-age norm for studying abroad. Therefore, it is imperative to do proper research before selecting your study abroad destination. Make sure to align what the country has to offer with your goals, plans, ambitions, and finances, and only then, take your final call.

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Over the last few years, the UK has surely become a highly coveted and prime location for Indian students. With a success rate of 96% for study visa applications, it is not startling that Indians are responsible for a major chunk of the UK’s multicultural student community. The globally-acknowledged universities, innovative teaching approaches, promising employability, career opportunities, tailormade short and flexible courses, and the needed diversity in the socio-economic environment are some of the many factors that make studying in the UK a non-regrettable financial investment.

To keep up with these growing demands for visa applications, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has launched a new scheme for young Indian professionals which will commence in early 2023 and continue to function on a reciprocal basis. So, if you have plans to study and work in any part of the United Kingdom, here is all you need to know about this scheme.

What does the scheme encompass?



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Under the UK-India Young Professional Scheme, the UK has promised to annually provide 3,000 visas to degree-holding nationals, between the age group of 18-30 years. The selected individuals will be able to stay and work in the Kingdom for up to 2 years. And as the scheme is reciprocal, British nationals will be able to avail the same benefits in India. Sunak and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also discussed a trade deal that is expected to unlock immense investment potential and increase jobs in both countries. At the same time, they agreed to strengthen the cultural ties between the two nations, during their meeting at the G20 summit in Indonesia.

In an official statement, Sunak said “I know first-hand the incredible value of the deep cultural and historic ties we have with India. I am pleased that even more of India’s brightest young people will now have the opportunity to experience all that life in the UK has to offer – and vice-versa – making our economies and societies richer.”

In recent reports, it is also being brought to focus that the UK has a stronger relationship with India than any country in the Indo-pacific region. In addition, around a quarter of the total international students are from India and Indian investments are currently supporting 95,000 jobs across different regions in the UK. And let’s not forget how India toppled Britain and took the position of 5th largest economy in the world and is on its way to earning the 3rd position by the end of 2030. This is certainly the reason why every other country is now more eager than ever to welcome Indian nationals and improve their ties with India.

Hence, it is being forecasted that the YP or the Young Professional Scheme as well as the trading deal will only facilitate the maximization of job prospects and bolster the growth of Indian and British economies. How to apply for a UK student visa? Keep these pointers in check The historic ‘Mobility and Migration Partnership’ signed between the UK and India is all set to offer a huge bag of opportunities to attract the brightest talent to study, work, and live in the UK. Now that the whole immigration process has been simplified and several measures have been taken in favour of the immigrants, this might be the best time to apply for a UK student visa. So, if you wish to apply for a student visa, here is what you should know.

Are you eligible for a student visa?

  1. You can apply for a student visa if you are over 16 years and have been offered a place on a course by a licensed sponsor.

  2. You are proficient in the English language. You can speak, understand, read, and write in English.

  3. You have the required amount of money to pay for the course and your stay in the country.

  4. If you are under 17, then you must have consent from your parents.

When to apply for a visa? If you are applying from outside the UK – You must apply 6 months before you start your course. You can expect the approval within three weeks.

If you are applying from inside the UK – You must apply before your current visa expires and your new course must begin within 28 days of your current visa expiring.

For how long can you stay in the UK with a student visa? With a degree-level course, you can stay for up to 5 years, and with a diploma-level course, you can stay for up to two years.

What you can and cannot do on a student visa? On your student visa, you can:

  1. Study

  2. Work, but how much you can work depends on the course you’re studying and whether you are working during your term or holidays

You cannot:

  1. Claim public funds

  2. Study at local or authority-funded schools

  3. Work in certain jobs, for example as a sportsperson or coach

  4. Be self-employed

Remember, along with paying for the student visa application which is around £363 or ₹ 35000, you will be asked to pay a healthcare surcharge as well. How much you have to pay depends entirely on how long you wish to stay in the UK.

What constitutes the UK student visa application process?

  1. You must first start with the application process that can be carried out on the website – gov.uk.

  2. Fill in the application form and make sure to go through your answers at least twice to avoid any errors.

  3. Next, pay the visa fees online and book an appointment.

  4. Attend your visa appointment at the application center.

  5. After the appointment, pay the health surcharge and save your biometrics for the residence permit.

  6. Now, you just have to submit your application and save it.

Similarly, there is a procedure for a work visa as well that you can follow in case you have plans to pursue any employment opportunity in the UK. Moreover, to take a properly mapped out route for the application process and increase your chances of quick visa approval, you can always approach top overseas education consultants. For a fair amount of fees, they can do the entire work for you. From applying for a visa to preparing you for the interview and hunting for accommodation in the other country, they got all your needs covered.

But wait, don’t make any hasty decisions for a UK student Visa. Here is why. Just a few days into 2023, the immigrants in the UK, especially students have already started witnessing severe survival struggles. While Indians have been promised the largest number of visas under the latest policy, those who have moved to the Kingdom recently are finding it hard to secure affordable accommodation in the cities where they have to attend their colleges. Industry veterans and students are blaming inflation for their financial woes.

As per reports, “UK inflation jumped to a record high in 2022. The Consumer Prices Index, including owner occupiers’ housing costs (CPIH), rose by 8.8 per cent in the 12 months up to September 2022. As per the November stats by the Office for National Statistics, the inflation rate sky-rocketed at 9.3 percent”.

“I was forced to spend around Rs 1 lakh while shifting between Airbnbs between October 1 to October 21 last year and had over 10 in-person viewings for accommodation after arriving in London. I was out everyday on weekdays too after college,” said Chayanika Dubey, who flew to the UK three months back to pursue Masters in Administration and Cultural Policy at the Goldsmiths University of London, as reported in an article by PTI.

This is just one instance from a long list of students claiming a similar experience. However, the experts believe that these small bumps in the road will not bring down the UK from being the top study/work abroad destination for Indians. So, these inconveniences should not deter you from planning your future. All you have to do is learn from the experience of others and plan better for yourself.

The way forward The United Kingdom has emerged as one of the most preferred study-abroad destinations among students across the globe. And with UK-India’s Young Professionals Scheme, the future only looks bright for Indian students and job seekers. While this scheme and strong ties between the two nations ensure nothing but growth, we cannot overlook the adverse effects of inflation crumbling the ambitions of those who have just embarked on their journey in the UK.

Like every other country, the British economy is also battling with high living and food costs, which in turn is emptying the pockets of the students and they are being forced to avail top-ups on their student loans. This is why students who have plans to move to the UK in 2023 are now reconsidering their choices. However, it is important to remember that with proper planning and budgeting, one can smoothly sail even through crises like inflation. Consider someone else’s experience as life lessons, do thorough research, analyse your current situation, make future predictions based on present learnings, and then, nothing can stop you from turning your dreams into reality.


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