Graduate Route Review Findings – 14th May Release

In the midst of the heated discussions surrounding the impending release of the Graduate route review by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), another crucial negotiation looms large on the international stage the proposed free trade agreement between the UK and India.

As the MAC grapples with the challenge of balancing economic benefits and a welcoming environment for international students, the outcome of the Graduate route review holds significant implications for ongoing discussions between India and the UK on a potential free trade agreement.

With the 14th round of India-UK FTA talks seemingly poised to conclude without significant progress, negotiators from both sides face mounting pressure to address key issues, including disputes over visas and market access. India, in particular, has been advocating for greater mobility for its skilled professionals, including provisions for post-study visas for students coming to Britain.

The UK, on the other hand, has sought major cuts in import duties on goods and access to India’s government procurement, among other demands. However, challenges persist, with concerns raised about the impact of any potential trade agreement on immigration policies, including student study visas.

Britain’s stance on reducing net migration remains firm, with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s spokesperson affirming that there are no plans to change immigration policies to secure a free trade agreement with India. This includes student visas, which have been a point of contention in the negotiations.

Former Home Secretary Suella Braverman’s previous remarks about the possible impact of Indian migrants in trade talks highlight the sensitivities surrounding immigration policies and their intersection with trade negotiations. The need to strike a delicate balance between economic interests and immigration concerns underscores the complexity of the discussions between India and the UK.

As the MAC prepares to deliver its recommendations on the Graduate route, the outcome of the review will undoubtedly influence the ongoing dialogue between India and the UK on a free trade agreement. The ability to address concerns related to student study visas and immigration policies will be crucial in shaping the future trajectory of bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

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