Post Brexit Visa Changes
At the G-20 meeting of world leaders in Hangzhou, China, the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi met with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May to discuss concerns that he has about visa restrictions, particularly those for Indian professionals who plan to visit Great Britain on short business trips.
Since the controversial Brexit referendum, which was passed on concerns about immigration Career Overseas has been watching to see what repercussions there are for people wanting to work in the UK so that we can provide the most up to date information on visa applications to the UK.
New visa regulations have made it harder for Indian nationals to get a short term working visa for the United Kingdom, and Modi expressed concerns about how this will affect the Indian business community. India still views the UK as an important trading partner with popular programmes such as “Skill India”, “Make in India” and “Smart Cities” helping to boost the economy and employment in both India and the UK. Theresa May supported Narendra Modi’s reform plans for India and has made plans to visit India. This is the first meeting between the two Prime Ministers since Theresa May became PM and she has deputed three Ministers for Indian affairs, which highlights her priority to keeping ties with India.
Other moves such as the HSBC Corporate Rupee Bond which was launched on the London Stock Exchange recently and has been so far, very successful and the GST bill are set to increase investment and trade ties between the two nations. The link between India and the United Kingdom has been strong for hundreds of years and there is a large Indian expat community living in the UK so any changes to visa applications are watched with keen interest by people wanting to work in the UK both short and long term, as well as people wanting to visit family members.