High Potential Individual Visa Route Introduced on 30th May 2022

High Potential Individual (HPI) visa: Overview – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

This new route enables eligible graduates to come to the UK (or to stay here) for two years (three if they have a Ph.D.) and to look for work, take up employment, or become self-employed.

Work does not need to be skilled and no sponsor is required.

Although permission under this route can not be extended and is not a path to settlement, applicants can later switch to a different route such as the skilled worker route. Permission to enter or to stay as a High Potential Individual can provide a flexible breathing space for recent and relatively recent graduates whilst they consider other more long-term options for living in the UK.

Applicants can be in the UK or outside but must have graduated within the last five years from an eligible overseas university. The lists of eligible universities depend on the month and year of graduation.

Applicants will need to be competent in English at level B1 CEFR and must generally have savings of at least £1270. Eligible partners and dependent children can apply to join their partner or parent in the UK.

For further information on this exciting new visa route, or for assistance with making an application, please contact us at info@jennyharveyimmigration.co.uk