Every year, many Indian students go abroad to study. This reflects the increasing desire for higher education among young Indians, attracting them to top-notch international destinations known for their excellent academics.

The Union Cabinet has given ex-post facto approval to a deal with Italy that lets Indian students stay in Italy for a year after their studies. This allows them to gain work experience. The agreement was signed on 2nd of November, 2023, with Dr. S. Jaishankar and Shri Antonio Tajani taking part.

Benefits for Indian Students and Workers

According to a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, the Agreement locks in the current Italian visa regime including mechanisms for post-study opportunities, internships, and professional training assuring an advantage to India within the existing labour mobility pathways defined by the Flows Decree.

The Agreement also provides for the following benefits for Indian students and workers:

  • Indian students who have completed their academic or vocational training in Italy may receive temporary residency in Italy for up to 12 months to gain initial professional experience.
  • The Italian side has specific provisions for Professional Training, Extracurricular Internships, and Curricular Internships. These provisions enable Indian students and trainees to acquire experience in line with Italian skills and training standards.
  • Regarding workers, the Italian side has allocated quotas for Indian workers. For the years 2023, 2024, and 2025, there are reserved quotas of 5,000, 6,000, and 7,000 non-seasonal Indian workers respectively under the current Flows Decree, totaling 12,000 for non-seasonal workers. Additionally, there are quotas of 3,000, 4,000, and 5,000 seasonal Indian workers for the same years under the current Flows Decree, totaling 8,000 for seasonal workers.

Impact on Bilateral Relations and Future Prospects

The Agreement is expected to facilitate the mobility of Indian students and workers to Italy and enhance their employability and career prospects. It will also strengthen the bilateral relations between India and Italy, which share a long-standing and multifaceted partnership.

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