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UK launches new visa route for Indian scientists and academics

Posted on July 24, 2018
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UK launches new visa route for Indian scientists and academics

To strengthen the country’s research sphere, UK has launched a new visa for the overseas scientists and researchers including Indians.

UK minister Caroline Nokes stated that this move will ease foreign researchers to train and work in the UK, which is already admirably informed in science and research. She also said that this immigration system will tap the international talent from their respective expertise.

The new UKRI Science, Research, and Academia scheme is opened for international scientists and academics outside the European Union (EU) to Come UK and pursue research activities for two years. The scheme is monitored and operated by United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI).

UKRI is responsible for converging Country’s seven research council, Innovate UK and Research England. Along with twelve approved research organizations, UKRI will directly sponsor skilled individuals like technicians to train in the UK.

The sponsor organizations would have to require Tier 5 sponsor licenses from UKRI, which is a scheme owner and regulator of its activity.

UKRI Chief Executive Professor, Mark Walport said that the “Research and innovation is international and global collaboration through amalgamation of skilled people that can meet the challenges effectively”.

Professionals outside the European Union (EU) can gain an access to the UK and work there for two years through a visa route “Tier 5 Government Authorized Exchange (GAE)”.

Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will monitor the activity of scheme to ascertain that criteria for a Tier 5 scheme are met.

The UK government is confident that this new scheme would make UK “dynamic and globally-trading” nation.

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