UK pastors are ready to reduce immigration rules to make it more comfortable for thousands of Indian citizens to live & work in the country as part of coming trade talks, the Guardian reports.
The likely recommendation will come up for discussion when the International Trade Secretary, Anne-Marie Trevelyan journeys to Delhi this month. Relaxation of immigration rules for Indian citizens is a primary demand of Delhi.
Trevelyan is said to have the support of Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, who is keen to curb China’s rising influence in the province. However, he is likely to face stiff opposition from some secretary Priti Patel, who opposes the proposal.
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Right to live and work for three years
According to Times UK, visa disclaimer options in question include a scheme similar to the one agreed with Australia that would give young Indians the right to live and work in the UK for up to 3 years. Another would be to shorten visa fees for students and permit them to stay in the UK for some time after graduation. Visa fees for work and tourism, which can cost up to £1,400, can also be reduced as a sweetener.
UK ministers believe a trade deal with Delhi will give British businesses a leader starts with what is expected to be the world’s third-largest economy by 2050. It could also see the UK moving ahead as India does not have bilateral trade exchanges with the US or the European Union.
The minister is said to have decided that a “generous” offer on visas could be the price of such an agreement. “The technology and digital space in India are still too protectionist and if we can open up a bit of access, it will take us off of the game,” said a government person. IANS
Source: Economic Times