High Potential Individual Visa

High Potential Individual Visa

The High Potential Individual visa launched in May 2022, allowing graduates of top global universities to live and work in the UK for up to two years. For graduates with PhD level qualifications, this time period is extended to 3 years. Crucially, this visa is not sponsored and applicants do not need to hold job offers from a licenced sponsor prior to applying.

Applicants specifically need to have graduated from a top university ranked within the top 50 globally, and they must have done so within the five years prior to their application. Specific rankings are used for this purpose and the Home Office will provide a list of eligible universities for each year. Applicants will additionally need to meet English Language and financial requirements.

Dependants can join applicants on this visa route. It cannot however be extended and does not lead to settlement, so applicants would need to switch into other work visa routes prior to expiry of their visa in order to remain in the UK.

Fees for the High Potential Individual are £715 plus the Immigration Health Surcharge and Ecctis fees.

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