‘High Potential Individual’ visa scheme launched
A new ‘High Potential Individual’ visa scheme will allow graduates from the world’s top 50 non-UK universities to apply to come to the UK.
The Government hope that the visa will help the UK to attract the brightest and best talent early in their careers.
The scheme is available to alumni who graduated in the past five years and graduates will be eligible regardless of where they were born and will not need a job offer in order to apply.
To qualify, an individual needs to have attended a university that appeared in the top 50 of at least two of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, or The Academic Ranking of World Universities in the year they graduated.
The most recent list of eligible universities from 2021, published online by the UK government, comprises 20 US institutions, plus universities from Canada, Japan, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, France, Sweden and Switzerland.
Those applicants who are successful will be given a work visa lasting two years if they hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree and three years if they hold a PhD. They will then be able to switch to other long-term employment visas if they meet certain requirements.
The ‘High Potential Individual’ visa will cost £715 plus the immigration health surcharge, a fee that allows migrants to the UK to use the NHS.
Applicants may be joined by their partner and dependent children. Although they must be able to demonstrate they have maintenance funds of at least £1,270 plus an extra £285 in their bank accounts to cover their partner, as well as £315 for the first child and a further £200 for every additional child after that.
Successful applicants will also have to pass a security and criminality check and be proficient in English to at least the B1 intermediate level, which means they have the fluency to communicate with native speakers without effort.
How Cartwright King can help?
We understand that there is a lot at stake when it comes to making a UK visa application. Securing a visa for entry into the UK is your pathway to a new life, living, studying, working, or reuniting with your spouse in Britain.
That is why our team of specialist solicitors will do everything they can to secure your UK visa and meet immigration requirements.
For more information on how we can support with Visas go to https://cartwrightking.co.uk/services/immigration/visas/
All advice is correct at time of publication.