Cabinet approves pact to allow Indian students temporary residence in Italy

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New Delhi: The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the Migration and Mobility Agreement, signed between India and Italy, that would ensure temporary residence for Indian students in the southern European country for up to one year after studies to gather professional experience.

External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, representing India, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, from the Italian side signed the agreement on November 2, 2023.

Provisions related to professional training, extracurricular internships, and curricular internships have been outlined, enabling Indian students to gain valuable experience in line with Italian skill and training standards.

The pact would also pave the way for enhancing people-to-people contacts, fostering mobility of students, skilled workers, business people, and young professionals, besides strengthening cooperation on issues related to irregular migration between the two sides.

Italy would ensure a quota of 6000 and 7000 job opportunities for seasonal and non-seasonal workers from India, respectively, for the next two years. Indian professionals will also have ample opportunities in the Health sector.

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