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What is the High Potential Individual Visa?

High Potential Individual Visa is the UK Government’s one of the latest introductions to their immigration categories, mainly aimed at individuals with education from prestigious universities. 

Unlike some of the other visas, it does not include any endorsement or sponsorship process. If you have graduated from a bachelor’s or higher programme in the last 5 years, and if your university was ranked in the top 50 universities for that year according to the month and year of your graduation, you meet the relevant criteria. The list of the universities for each year can be found on the Home Office website.

On top of graduating from a top 50 university, the UKVI also asks you to prove your English skills to be at least at a CEFR B1 level unless you are a citizen of an English-speaking country. Additionally, you must have some savings in your bank account for 28 days to demonstrate you can support yourself. If you have been living in the UK for at least 12 months under a UK visa category, you will not be required to show savings. 

Depending on the programme you graduated, the length of your visa changes. For bachelor’s and master’s programmes, you will be granted a 2-year visa, whereas for PhD and other doctorate programmes, it’s 3 years. 

The visa allows you to be self-employed or take up any employment except as a professional sportsperson. It also allows you to switch to other long-term migration categories, such as Skilled Worker, which you can read about on our Skilled Worker Visa page.

How can we help?

Our immigration lawyers can handle any matters relating to the High Potential Individuial (HPI) visa. Contact our team to evaluate your circumstances and how we can assist you in your licence or visa application.

Let’s look at the highlights

English Language

To be eligible for a High Potential Individual Visa, you must show at least CEFR B1 level of English proficiency. This should be demonstrated by either being a national of a majority English-speaking country, having a degree in 100% English and receiving a confirmation from ECCTIS for it, or by taking an English test at an approved test centre.

Length of Stay

The length of stay for a High Potential Individual Visa varies in accordance with the relevant education programme you have graduated from. For bachelor’s and master’s graduates, the length of stay granted is 2 years, and for the PhD or other doctorate programme graduates, the HPI Visa will give you 3 years of right to stay and work in the UK.

Indefinite Leave to Remain Rights

High Potential Individual Visa cannot be extended, and it does not give you the option to settle permanently in the UK.


Your spouse and any children under the age of 18 can apply with youto join you or stay with you under the High Potential Individual Visa.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your school must be named on the list for the date you graduated. 

Unfortunately, it is not possible to extend an HPI visa.

If you were granted a Graduate Visa or a Student Doctorate Extension Scheme visa, you are not eligible even if your school was on the list for that year.

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