High Potential Individual Visa UK - Eligibility & Requirements


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What is the High Potential Individuals Visa

The UK High Potential Individual Visa route does not lead directly to settlement in the UK. However, before your leave expires, you may be able to apply from within the UK to switch into another immigration route which does lead to settlement. Applicants may be joined or accompanied by a partner and dependent children.

General Requirements

To be eligible to apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be aged 18 or over.
  • You must have in the last 5 years, been awarded an overseas degree level academic qualification from an institution which appears on the Global Universities List.
  • You must be competent in the English language to at least CEFR Level B1 (equivalent to IELTS 4.0).
  • You must have enough money to support yourself without relying on public funds.
  • You must have not previously been granted permission under the Student Doctorate Extension Scheme, as a Graduate or as a High Potential Individual.
  • You must have provided a valid TB certificate, if needed.

Do I need a job offer to apply for this route?

The High Potential Individual route is not a sponsored route. You will not need to have a job offer in the UK from a Home Office approved sponsor. Whether you have a valid job offer in the UK or simply wish to look for work, you may be eligible to apply

As a High Potential Individual Visa holder, can my partner join me in the UK?

Yes, High Potential Individuals may also be joined or accompanied by a partner and dependent children.

High Potential Individual Visa: Global Universities List

This list of universities relates to qualifications awarded between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.

Alphabetical Rankings Lists 2021 (establishments from Top 50 rankings which appeared on 2 or more lists) Country
California Institute of Technology (Caltech) USA
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) HongKong
Columbia University USA
Cornell University USA
Duke University USA
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) Switzerland
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland
Harvard University USA
Johns Hopkins University USA
Karolinska Institute Sweden
Kyoto University Japan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) USA
McGill University Canada
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore
National University of Singapore Singapore
New York University (NYU) USA
Northwestern University USA
Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University France
Peking University China
Princeton University USA
Stanford University USA
Tsinghua University China
University of British Columbia Canada
University of California, Berkeley USA
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) USA
University of California, San Diego USA
University of Chicago US USA
University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
University of Melbourne Australia
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor USA
University of Munich (LMU Munich) Germany
University of Pennsylvania USA
University of Texas at Austin USA
University of Tokyo Japan
University of Toronto Canada
University of Washington USA
Yale University USA

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