Graduates of the world’s top universities, who are still at the start of their careers, will now be able to apply for a short-term visa to stay and work in the UK
From Monday, the UK government said people who graduated within the last five years from one of the main eligible universities listed on its website will be able to apply for the UK’s ‘high potential individual’ visa. .
Successful applicants will be granted a two-year visa, while PhD graduates will be offered a three-year visa. Graduates who have obtained an HPI visa will also be able to transfer to other long-term employment visas, if they meet the eligibility requirements.
Partners and children of graduates can also apply to join or stay with them in the UK
To apply, graduates will need a valid passport or other travel document showing their identity and nationality. It will be available to eligible persons, regardless of their nationality or place of birth. Candidates will also need to prove that they have at least a “B1” level of English, where they can communicate effortlessly with native speakers.
The visa application fee is £715 ($904), plus £210 to check their qualification is valid, or £252 if applying from the UK.
Additionally, applicants will be required to pay a healthcare supplement, in order for them to use the UK National Health Service, which is usually £624 for each year they will be in the UK. Applicants will also need to prove that they can support themselves. by showing they have at least £1,270 in their bank account, although this is subject to exemptions.
Applicants will usually know if they were successful within 3 weeks if applying from outside the UK and within 8 weeks if they are already in the UK and changing visas.
The list of eligible colleges is based on university rankings around the world. Here is the 2021/22 summary of eligible universities.
2021 List of Colleges for ‘High Potential’ Visas
- California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – USA
- Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong
- Columbia University – USA
- Cornell University – USA
- Duke University – USA
- Federal Polytechnic School of 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) — United States
- McGill University — Canada
- Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Singapore
- National University of Singapore — Singapore
- New York University (NYU) – United States
- 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) – United States
- University of California, San Diego – USA
- University of Chicago USA — 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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