India Germany sign Migration & Mobility Partnership

Dec 5: In implementation of the statement of Intent on the key elements of migration and mobility partnership exchanged between India and Germany in 2019, the Republic of India and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany signed an Agreement on a Comprehensive Migration and Mobility Partnership. External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar and the Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock signed the Agreements on behalf of the Government of India and the Government of Germany respectively.

The Agreement is testimony to India’s rapidly expanding multi-faceted strategic partnership with Germany. The German Skilled Immigration Act 2020 has expanded the opportunities for workers from non-EU countries. Through a new law to be adopted in early 2023, Germany’s Government proposes to significantly facilitate the immigration of qualified workers from abroad. The India-Germany MMPA is part of overall efforts to create a network of agreements with prospective labour market destination Countries with twin objectives of creating of favourable visa regime for Indians towards accessing the labour market of these countries.

The Agreement has specific provisions to facilitate mobility and employment opportunities for fostering exchange of skills and talents. These include Academic Evaluation Center in New Delhi, eighteen months extended residence permits to students, three thousand Job Seeker Visas annually, liberalised short stay multiple entry visas and streamlined readmission procedures. The agreement will instituitionalise a Joint Working Group for further deepening cooperation in the sphere of Migration and Mobility. Dr Philipp Ackermann, German Ambassador to India and other senior officials from the government of India and Germany were present at the occasion of signing the agreement

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