High Potential Individual
The High Potential Individual visa allows graduates of leading global universities to come to the UK to work, or to seek work. Applicants do not need to be sponsored. The route opened on 30 May 2022.
High Potential Individual: main requirement
The main requirement is that the applicant must, in the five years immediately before the date of the application, have been awarded an overseas degree level academic qualification from an institution which appeared on the Global Universities List in respect of the date the degree was awarded.
The lists from the last five years can be found here.
The qualification level must be equivalent to UK bachelor’s degree or higher and confirmation from Ecctis must be provided.
Additional requirements are that:
- the applicant is aged 18 or over at the date of application;
- meets the English language requirement at CEFR level B1;
- has sufficient funds to support their stay in the UK;
- has a valid TB certificate, if required.
Length and conditions of stay
The length of stay granted to successful applicants depends on the qualification relied on:
- Phd or other doctoral level qualification – 3 years
- All other degree qualifications – 2 years
During their stay in the UK, applicants can work for any employer, work as a director of a company or be self-employed. Applicants are able to change jobs without notifying the Home Office and can carry out voluntary work. They can also study.
Applicants cannot access public funds, work as a doctor or dentist in training or work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.
This route does not lead to settlement in the UK but applicants can switch into other routes such as Skilled Worker and Global Talent.
Qualifying family members can accompany the applicant to the UK.
High Potential Individual: How our immigration solicitors can help
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