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Direct UK Visa for Top Global Talents

High Potential Individual Visa for Top Global Talents

High potential individual UK visa for top global talents

The UK government has announced exciting and new immigration system that seeks to attract graduates from top global universities. The new visa regime called the “High Potential Individual Visa” would offer direct work visas to graduate of the world’s top 50 universities. Graduates would not need any UK affiliation before application.

Highlights of New UK Visa

1. Two year work visa for bachelor’s and master’s degree
2. Doctorate degree qualify for three years visa
3. Work visa permits spouse and children entry to the UK
4. Work visas can be changed to employment visa leading to ILR- indefinite leave to remain.
5. Degree must not be more than five years

The UK Labour Challenge

The new UK visa regime seeks to mitigate a series of labour issues in the UK. Since Brexit and coupled with COVID-19, there has been a gap in employment market. In logistics and manufacturing, employers seek entry level works.

The BBC quoted Chancellor Rishi Sunak as saying: “The route means that the UK will grow as a leading international hub for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. We want the businesses of tomorrow to be built here today, which is why I call on students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to forge their careers here.”

These immigration changes follows the re-introduction of the postgraduate work visa. This allows graduates to stay for up to two years and seek employment.

Requirements and Eligibility for UK Visa for Top Global Talents

In addition to the basic requirement of being a recent graduate of a top 50 university. Applicants must still meet specific criteria before receiving the new UK work visa. So of the requirements are

  1. Proficiency in English language. Applicants must have a good command of English up to intermediate B1. This is the ability to communicate with fluency. This is mostly confirm through a English language test like IELTS
  2. Security and Criminal Check.
  3. Maintenance funds of at least £1,270

UK Visa Top 50 Universities

The eligible universities are from France, Sweden, United States, Singapore, Japan, China, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Australia.

To determine the top 50 universities, three specific rankings were selected.

  1. Times Higher Education world university rankings.
  2. Academic Ranking of World Universities.
  3. Quacquarelli Symonds world university rankings.
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) Hong Kong
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

By Ayodele John

An education enthusiast, I bagged a M.Sc from University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and looking forward.

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