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PM Modi announces five-year post-study work visa for Indian students studying masters in France

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an important announcement regarding post-study work visas for Indian students pursuing their master’s degrees in France. In his address to the Indian community at La Seine Musicale in Paris, Prime Minister Modi stated that the previous two-year work visa for Indian students would be extended to a five-year duration.

PM Modi’s visit to Paris for Indian Students

Currently on a two-day visit to Paris, Prime Minister Modi will participate in the French National Day celebrations as the guest of honor, alongside President Macron. During his speech, he emphasized the multifaceted India-France Strategic Partnership, which is commemorating its 25th anniversary this year. Furthermore, PM Modi revealed plans for the opening of a new consulate in Marseille, France.

France stands as a popular destination for international students, ranking among the top choices alongside the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia. Recent official data, collected after the COVID-19 pandemic, indicates that approximately 6,000 Indian students were enrolled in French universities during the 2021-2022 academic session. Furthermore, more than 70% of these students were pursuing management programs.

Following his time in Paris, PM Modi is scheduled to embark on an official visit to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on July 15. Recognizing that the UAE will host the 28th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC (COP-28) later this year, Prime Minister Modi expressed his anticipation for exchanging ideas and strengthening global cooperation to accelerate climate action and facilitate the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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