High Potential Individual Visa Route: UK Visa Routes 2023

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High Potential Individual


The UK is, without a doubt, committed to attracting international talent to its nation. They have demonstrated this commitment by establishing “The High Potential Individual” visa route. This is one of its many new immigration channels.

The new High Potential Individual visa is for highly educated and skilled people who want to share their talent and support the UK economy. Innovators from around the world who want to work or establish a company can also apply for this visa.

Graduates from prestigious universities around the world can come work in the UK without a job offer on this visa. You can travel to the UK and then start looking for employment.

This path does not, however, result in permanent residence. However, you can change your visa category from the UK before the visa expires. They are aware that obtaining job sponsorship is simpler when you are already in the UK, keeping the talent (you) in the nation. You can bring your dependent children as well as your spouse or legal partner on this visa.

General Requirements for a High Potential Individual Visa

You must meet the following requirements in order to be granted a High Potential Individual Visa. You must:

  • be aged 18 or over;
  • have received a degree-level academic qualification from a university. The university must be listed  the world’s top universities within the last five years;
  •  possess English language proficiency at least at the level of CEFR B1 (corresponding to an IELTS score of 4.0);
  • be financially independent and don’t need assistance from the government;
  •  not be previously given approval under the Graduate or High Potential Individual Student Doctorate Extension Scheme
  • have a current TB certificate


Naturally, requirements to be met usually vary depending on your unique circumstances. You can book a 10-minutes FREE PERSONAL CONSULTATION with us to discuss your unique circumsance. Just fill out the form here.


Global Universities Overseas Degree Requirements

You need an overseas degree-level academic qualification in order to be eligible for a High Potential Individual Visa.

Your overseas degree level qualification must have been awarded in the 5 years before the date of your application.

The university from which you received your degree must be listed on the Global Universities List as of the date you received it.

The Global Universities List is an annual compilation of universities by the Home Office.

The High Potential Individual Visa Global Universities Lists for the last 6 years can be viewed here 

You must present documentation from Ecctis stating that your degree satisfies or exceeds the recognized standard for a UK undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Your degree’s award date will also be verified by Ecctis.

For international students who have earned a degree in the UK, the Graduate Immigration Route can work best for you.



English Proficiency is Required

High Potential Individual Visa: English Language Requirements

To be eligible for a High Potential Individual Visa You must demonstrate your ability to understand and speak English in all 4 facets (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages to at least level B1 (intermediate).

However, recent graduates and other applicants can satisfy the English language requirement when applying for entry clearance or leave to remain as a High Potential Individual if they:

  • are a citizen of a nation with a significant English-speaking population and can prove it
    have succeeded on a secure English language test;
  • hold a degree taught in English
  • have a Scottish Highers, a GCSE, or an A-Level in English earned while enrolled in school in the UK;
  • have previously been successful in applying for entry clearance or permission to stay and have demonstrated that they met the level B1 requirement.


High Potential Individual Visa Financial Requirement

You will have to demonstrate your ability to support yourself in the UK without assistance from the government in order to qualify for a High Potential Individual visa. You will need to show a cash fund of not less than $1,270 on the date of your application.

Before submitting your application for a High Potential Individual Visa, you must have held the funds for at least 28 days in a row, ending no more than 31 days earlier.

You do not need to provide proof of funds if you have resided in the UK for 12 months or longer prior to making your application. You will automatically meet this requirement.


Switching into the High Potential Individual Visa Route

Except you currently have or were most recently granted, permission as a Visitor, Short-term student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, or a Domestic Worker in a Private Household, you may extend your stay by switching to the High Potential Individual Visa pathway.



Duration of stay for high potential visa
Terms of stay

Duration of a High Potential Individual Visa

Depending on your degree from an approved university, your length of stay will vary. While other qualifications are only eligible for a two-year stay, PhD or other doctoral-level qualifications are eligible for a three-year stay.


Extension of Stay on the High Potential Individual Visa Route

It is not possible to apply for an extension of this visa. However, before your leave expires, you may be able to apply to switch to another immigration route. You can apply for the switch while in the UK.  You will need to satisfy the requirements of the immigration route that you wish to extend into.

Settlement on the High Potential Individual Visa Route

This High Potential Individual route does not result in permanent residence. But before the visa expires, you can change your visa category. You can switch to categories like Skilled Worker Visa, Startup- visa route or the Innovator Visa route. The last two visa categories are for entrepreneurs)

You can also extend your stay until you qualify for an Indefinite Leave To Remain in the UK(granted to individuals who have stayed up to 10 years in the UK).

At eMigr8, we are focused on Tech-Enabled visa pathways(for Techies and Tech businesses). We are available to discuss any of your desired UK or other country visa route with you. Just fill out the form here and we’ll get back to you.

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