High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa

The High Potential Individual (HPI) route enabling recent graduates to come to the UK to work or look for work opened for applications on 30 May 2022.

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This is an unsponsored route, meaning applicants will not need a job offer to qualify. There is no need for a Home-Office approved sponsor in the UK.

The route is open to graduates who have completed an eligible course of study equivalent to UK bachelor’s degree level or above from a top global university.

The HPI route is a short-term work visa for individuals at an early career stage, who have shown they have potential to benefit the UK workforce.

This route does not directly lead to settlement in the UK.

What are the validity requirements?

The applicant must:
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Be aged 18 or over

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Not have been previously granted permission under the Student Doctorate Extension Scheme, as a Graduate or as a High Potential Individual

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Pay the immigration health surcharge and the application fee

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Have provided any required biometrics

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Have provided a current valid passport or travel document which satisfactorily established their identity and nationality

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If currently in the UK, must not have, or have last been granted, permission:

(a) as a Visitor; or
(b) as a Short-term Student; or
(c) as a Parent of a Child Student; or
(d) as a Seasonal Worker; or
(e) as a Domestic Worker in a Private Household; or
(f) outside the Immigration Rules

If, in the 12 months before the application, the applicant received an award from a government or international scholarship agency covering both fees and living costs for study in the UK, a written consent to the application is also required from that government or international scholarship agency.

What are the points requirements?

The applicant must be awarded a total of 70 points.

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50 points for satisfying the Global Universities List degree requirement

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10 points for satisfying the English language requirement at level B1

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10 points for satisfying the financial requirement

What is the Global Universities List degree requirement?

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The applicant must, in the 5 years immediately before the date of the application, have been awarded an overseas degree level academic qualification which Ecctis confirms meets, or exceeds, the recognised standard of a UK bachelor’s or UK postgraduate degree

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The institution at which the applicant was awarded the degree must appear on the Global Universities List

What is the English language requirement?

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Unless an exemption applies, the applicant must show English language ability on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in all 4 components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of at least level B1

What is the financial requirement?

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If the applicant is applying for permission to stay and has been in the UK with permission for 12 months or longer on the date of application, they will meet the financial requirement and do not need to show funds

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An applicant who is applying for entry clearance, or who is applying for permission to stay and has been in the UK for less than 12 months at the date of application, must have funds of at least £1,270

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The applicant must show that they have held the required level of funds for a 28-day period

Period and conditions of grant

Successful applicants on this route will be able to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for a maximum period of 2 years or 3 years for those relying on a PhD or other doctoral level qualification.

The grant of leave will be subject to the following conditions:

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No access to public funds

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Work (including self-employment and voluntary work) is permitted, apart from work as a professional sportsperson

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Study is permitted, except for study that meets the approved qualification and level of study requirements of the Student route

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Where study is subject to the ATAS condition this must be met

Dependant partner and children

Applicant’s dependent partner and dependent children can apply on this route. If successful, their permission to stay will end on the same date as their partner’s or parents’ permission.

Eligibility and relationship requirements for a dependant partner

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Must be the partner of a person who has or is at the same time being granted permission as a High Potential Individual.

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The relationship between the applicant and their partner must be genuine and subsisting.

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They must intend to live together throughout the applicant’s stay in the UK.

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Dependent partner must be aged 18 or over on the date of application.

Eligibility and relationship requirements for a dependent child

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Must be the child of a parent who has or is at the same time being granted permission as a High Potential Individual.
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Each of the child’s parents must be applying at the same time as the child or have permission to be in the UK, unless the parent with permission as a High Potential Individual route is the sole surviving parent, has sole responsibility for the child’s upbringing, or there are serious and compelling reasons to grant the child leave to remain with the parent who is applying for the High Potential Individual route.
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The child must be under the age of 18 at the date of application unless they were last granted permission as the child of their parent or parents.
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If they are aged 16 or over, they must not be leading an independent life.

Financial requirement for a partner or child on the High Potential Individual route

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If the applicant is applying for entry clearance or has been in the UK for less than 12 months on the date of application, financial requirements must be satisfied.
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The funds required are:
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at least £285 for a partner in the UK or applying to come to the UK; and
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at least £315 for the first child in the UK or applying to come to the UK; and
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at least £200 for each additional child in the UK or applying to come to the UK.
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The required level of funds must have been held for a 28-day period.

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