Union Cabinet approves Bilateral Technical Arrangement between India and Switzerland

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for signing of the Bilateral Technical Arrangement (BTA) between India and Switzerland on the identification and return of Indian and Swiss Nationals and its implementation.
The conclusion of the BTA has been linked to the Visa Free Agreement for holders of Diplomatic passports as a package deal.
Key Facts

  • The BTA aims to formalise existing procedure for cooperation on return of irregular migrants between two countries without introducing any additional obligations or exacting timeframes.
  • It would help to leverage the Readmission Agreement (RA) to liberalise work permit and visa regimes for legitimate Indian travellers.
  • It would also offer an opportunity to use the same as a model template for negotiations on the subject with other EU countries, which have been raising the issue regularly with us.
  • This has been envisaged as a key goal in the recently concluded India-EU Common Agenda on Migration and Mobility (CAMM).



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