UK launches new visa for world’s top graduates

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

  1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – USA
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong
  3. Columbia University – USA
  4. Cornell University – USA
  5. Duke University – USA
  6. Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) — Switzerland
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) — Switzerland
  8. Harvard University – USA
  9. Johns Hopkins University – USA
  10. Karolinska Institute — Sweden
  11. Kyoto University — Japan
  12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — United States
  13. McGill University — Canada
  14. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Singapore
  15. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  16. New York University (NYU) – United States
  17. Northwestern University – USA
  18. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University — France
  19. Peking University – China
  20. Princeton University – USA
  21. Stanford University – USA
  22. Tsinghua University – China
  23. University of British Columbia — Canada
  24. University of California, Berkeley – USA
  25. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – United States
  26. University of California, San Diego – USA
  27. University of Chicago USA — USA
  28. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  29. University of Melbourne — Australia
  30. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – USA
  31. University of Munich (LMU Munich) — Germany
  32. University of Pennsylvania – USA
  33. University of Texas at Austin – USA
  34. University of Tokyo — Japan
  35. University of Toronto — Canada
  36. University of Washington – USA
  37. Yale University – USA

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