Mon, Dec 5, 2016 | updated 06:06 PM IST

British PM May introduces liberal visa system for 'natural partner' India

Updated: Nov 07, 2016 12:06 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov. 7 (ANI): In a clear message that Britain is open to business opportunities with the rest of the world, especially with India, post the Brexit episode, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said that visa process would become easier and accessible so that people invest their ideas and skills and added that a "Registers Travelers" scheme would be introduced to meet the growing demand of travelers.

"Listening to the fact that so many people from India want to bring their ideas, skills and business to Brittan for the good of India's and U.K's economy and, we will offer, for the first time, to any country that needs visas to enter Brittan, what is called the Registers Travelers scheme, that means that Indian nationals who frequently come to UK and who offer growth in both the countries, the entry process will become significantly easier, fewer forms to fill out, access to the EU passport control, swifter passage through our airports. In short more opportunities for brine and India," May said.

Speaking at the Tech Summit held at New Delhi, in her first foreign visit outside the European Union, May called upon its "natural partner" India and highlighted cultural links shared between India and U.K.

"With so much in common when it comes to trade, values, culture and of course people with one and a half people Indian origin people living in Britain, ours is a natural partnership, look around India and Britain and you can see the evidence. We listen to each other's music, eat each other's food and share a passionate game of cricket with each other," May said.

The British Prime Minster further stressed on greater trade between India and U.K. to foster growth and employment in both the countries.

"There is so much potential when it comes to India-Britain relationship, we have a special bond. In Britain we are working on economic and social reforms. Indian investment is helping us diversifying our economy. I would use this visit to discuss with PM Modi and his team and Indian businesses on how we can work together to seize those possibilities, building a partnership to focus resolutely on shaping our shared future bilaterally and on the global stage," May said.

At the Summit, government officials, business leaders and scientists engaged together to see how best science and technology collaboration can be leveraged to open up new opportunities for bilateral business, trade and investment.

British Prime Minister Theresa May arrived in the national last night on a three-day visit to India.

She will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today covering a range of issues of mutual interest.

India is likely to raise its concerns over problems being faced by its students in the United Kingdom due to visa curbs.

The British Prime Minister will also call on President Pranab Mukherjee.

The visiting dignitary will leave for Bengaluru tomorrow on the second leg of her India visit. She is scheduled to hold a meeting with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah there. (ANI)