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New High Potential Individual Visa

Updated: Jan 18

Are you aware of the new visa which is launching to attract overseas graduates?

On the 30th May a new visa is being launched which is aimed at attracting graduates to the UK called the High Potential Individual Visa, to support the UK in a number of in demand fields of work.This visa will allow talented skilled workers across a range of careers to live and work in the UK without sponsorship from an employer.

This is a highly selective route to work in the UK with graduates of only a limited number of universities eligible. Those who are granted a visa will be given a two-year work visa (three-year for those with a PhD) with the ability to switch from within the UK into other long-term employment, subject to meeting the eligibility requirements.

Anyone applying for the High Potential Individual visa will need to hold at least a bachelor degree from a university on an official list (2022 list below) published by the government no than 5 years before the visa application.

The visa costs £715 and can be applied for once the applicant reaches the UK as there is no need for a job offer or sponsorship before they arrive however applicants must be able to show they have at least £1,270 in funds and meet certain English language requirements. This visa also allows for applicants to set up a new business, be self-employed or work as a volunteer. It is also possible to bring dependents, such as a partner or children aged under 18, under the visa criteria.

It is hoped that the new High Potential Individual route will make it as simple as possible for internationally mobile individuals, at an early stage of their careers who demonstrate high potential to come to the UK, and that this will help boost growth and drive the international competitiveness of the UK’s most innovative businesses and sectors.

As well as the High Potential Individual route, the government has confirmed the creation of a Scale Up visa. The new visa will allow overseas graduates with job offers from Home Office-approved sponsors and it will be launched later this year.

If you would like more information or need support with a traditional visa application for a potential employee from overseas drop me a line and let's chat about how I can help.

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