Indian Researchers will Benefit from the New UK Visa Program -29th January, 2020

Indian Researchers will Benefit from the New UK Visa Program
UK’s new visa program for researchers, declared by the UK Government on 27 Jan 2020, is likely to prove advantageous to Indian scientists, researchers, and mathematicians experts said.

Details about UK’s Global Talent Visa

The Global Talent Visa doesn't cap the number of receivers and will grant researchers with a flexible immigration path to the UK. It substitutes the UK Tier-I visa which had a cap of 2,000 places as the UK prepares to exit from the European Union end of this month. “The recommended visa category is definitely a beneficial path for highly-skilled researchers and also to their family members to live and work in the UK,” stated Poorvi Chothani, Solicitor, Wales & England.

An immigration system that encourages science, math, and creativity is always a positive indication, she told. “The points-based system will be familiar with Indian researchers and scientists. However, we need to wait and see the accurate parameters,” Chothani told. However, “if the parameters are too stringent, some of our jr. researchers may not satisfy the requirements and established scientists may not be excited to move if they are now doing well in India,” she continued.

Aspirants in this category will be supported by UK Research & Innovation (UKRI), a parasol body involving different councils for research, and not the immigration office.

The UK plans to invest a maximum of £300 million to fund experimental and creative mathematical and science research by the best international talent over the following five years. This would increase funding for new Ph.Ds and also increase the number of research projects and mathematics fellowships. The UK is the nation in Europe to lure highly talented workers from other nations. “The UK has a great history of scientific discovery, but to drive the field and meet the difficulties of the future we require proceeding to invest in expertise and cutting-edge research,” Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister said.

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