High Potential Individual

From 30 May 2022, graduates from top universities outside the UK can qualify for a High Potential Individual visa.

Applicants must have graduated from an eligible university within the five years before submission. The university must have been on the Global Universities List during the year of graduation. 

The Global Universities List is compiled annually and made up of non-UK universities which appear in the top 50 of at least two of Times Higher Education World University Rankings; Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings; and The Academic Ranking of World Universities. Applicants must also meet the English language and financial requirements.

The visa will be issued for two years, or three years for those who have completed a PhD. As it is an unsponsored route, a UK job offer is not required. The visa provides flexibility to work as an employee or be self-employed.

High Potential Individual visas do not lead to settlement (indefinite leave to remain) and cannot be extended but it is possible to switch into other routes that do lead to settlement such as Skilled Worker.

For more information about our immigration services, please contact Nicolas Rollason at nrollason@kingsleynapley.co.uk or a member of the team.

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