Studying abroad is a trans formative move that helps students hone new skills, get familiar with the global work culture, widen perspective, boost confidence level, and explore new opportunities. Among the long list of preferred overseas destinations, the UK tops the chart due to traditions of excellence dating back hundreds of years.
Quality education, better exposure and promising prospects, the British universities have a lot to offer which can be advantageous to the students in myriad ways. It is one of the reasons why students applying to pursue higher education in the country through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) have almost doubled in 2022 against 2019.
Immigration Minister Kevin Foster said, “The new High Potential Individual route will make it as simple as possible for internationally mobile individuals who demonstrate high potential to come to the UK,” “It will enable those who have already demonstrated their potential through academic achievement to come to the UK without a prior job offer.”
Under the ‘High Potential Visa Route’ scheme announced , graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 universities abroad can apply for a two-year work visa, and those with doctorates can apply for a three-year visa. It will start offering work visas to graduates from the world’s top universities, aiming to attract the “best and brightest” workers.
What is the High Potential Individual visa route?
The scheme is applicable to graduates from 50 non-UK universities such as Harvard, Duke or Cornell.
“The new High Potential Individual route is intended to attract those at the early stages of their careers, who demonstrate exceptional promise, providing a highly desirable and able pool of mobile talent from which UK employers can recruit,” the government press release informed. The applicants must have completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a specified list of top universities to obtain a two-year work visa. Those who have completed PhDs can apply for a three-year work visa. Successful applicants can move into long-term employment routes on the completion of these years such as a skilled worker visa.
Eligibility for HPI Visa Route:
- To be eligible for a High Potential Individual visa, the applicant must have been awarded an overseas bachelor’s or postgraduate degree qualification in the last 5 years from a top global university. This is a university that appears in the Home Office Global Universities List.
- The awarding institution must appear on the Global Universities List in respect of the date when the graduate was awarded their degree.
- Under the new High Potential Individual visa, eligibility will be open to applicants who have graduated from a top global university.
- To ensure that the UK benefits from a surge of high-skilled migration, there will be no job offer requirement, giving visa-holders the flexibility to work, or to switch jobs or employers.
How to apply for the High Potential Individual visa :
The application process for a High Potential Individual visa will be similar to other work routes. The applicant will need to submit an online application, pay the relevant fee and provide a number of supporting documents. Applicants will also need to attend an appointment to provide their biometric information, including a photo of their face and scan of their fingerprints.
List f Global University for 2021-22:
|Alphabetical Rankings Lists 2021 (establishments from Top 50 rankings which appeared on 2 or more lists)||Country|
|California Institute of Technology (Caltech)||USA|
|Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)||Hong Kong|
|Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland)||Switzerland|
|ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)||Switzerland|
|Johns Hopkins University||USA|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||USA|
|Nanyang Technological University (NTU)||Singapore|
|National University of Singapore||Singapore|
|New York University (NYU)||USA|
|Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University||France|
|University of British Columbia||Canada|
|University of California, Berkeley||USA|
|University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)||USA|
|University of California, San Diego||USA|
|University of Chicago US||USA|
|University of Hong Kong||Hong Kong|
|University of Melbourne||Australia|
|University of Michigan-Ann Arbor||USA|
|University of Munich (LMU Munich)||Germany|
|University of Pennsylvania||USA|
|University of Texas at Austin||USA|
|University of Tokyo||Japan|
|University of Toronto||Canada|
|University of Washington||USA|
How much would the visa cost?
The application fee for the visa is £715 and applicants would also need to pay a “healthcare surcharge” of around £ 624 per year, according to the government website.
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