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High Potential Visa

The High Potential Individual visa was introduced by the UK Government on 30 May 2022. It is designed to attract international graduates from the most prestigious universities around the world and grant them full access to the UK job market. The applicant does not need a job offer to apply for the visa.

To be eligible, a student must have graduated from a top university in the last 5 years. The university must have been ranked 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 UK Government has published an online list of eligible universities for each of the last five years.

A HPI visa is typically valid for two years. It will last three years if the applicant holds a PhD or other doctoral qualification.

A HPI visa cannot be extended and it does not lead to permanent status in the UK. Typically an applicant will use the visa to enter the UK job market and then “switch” into a more permanent visa category such as the Skilled Worker or Innovator visa.

Successful applicants can work in most jobs, look for work or be self-employed.


The applicant must have:

  • - Graduated from a top university in the last 5 years

  • - English at level B1 on the CEFR scale

  • - Sufficient funds to maintain them and their family.

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