Government approves agreement to allow Indian students temporary residence in Italy after studies

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Government approves agreement to allow Indian students temporary residence in Italy after studies – Gudstory

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India’s migration and mobility agreement with Italy on Wednesday got ex-post facto approval from the Union Cabinet. The agreement signed between the two countries on November 2 will ensure temporary residence for Indian students in Italy for up to one year after studies to gain professional experience.

The agreement was signed between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Italian Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani. The Bill aims to enhance people-to-people contacts, promote mobility of students, skilled workers, business people and young professionals and strengthen cooperation between the two sides on issues related to irregular migration.

The Bill will also ensure a benefit to India under the existing labor mobility routes under the Flow Decree as it locks in the current Italian visa regime, including mechanisms for post-study opportunities, internships and professional training.

Under the agreement, Indian students will also get additional permanent residence for up to 12 months after the completion of their studies. This will help them gain initial professional experience after completing their academic/vocational training in Italy.

The European nation has also listed provisions related to vocational training, extra-curricular internships and curricular internships for Indians.

Italy has reserved quotas of 5,000, 6,000 and 7,000 non-seasonal Indian workers for 2023, 2024 and 2025 under the existing flow decree. For seasonal Indian workers, the nation has reserved quotas of 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 for 2023, 2024 and 2025 under the current influx decree.

The Flow Decree is a system of numbering visas for non-EU citizens who may enter Italy for employment, self-employment or seasonal work.

The agreement is also expected to formalize an agreement between the two countries for the employment of professionals in the healthcare and medical services sectors. This will also help India and Italy formalize irregular migration of workers from India.

A joint working group will monitor irregular migration under a formal mechanism set out in the agreement. The Joint Working Group will meet from time to time in virtual or physical mode.

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Published: 27 Dec 2023, 10:31 PM IST


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