HPI visa

A tailor-made visa for High Potential Individuals from the world’s top universities!

UK Visas and Immigration will launch the High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route on May 30, 2022, for candidates who are rewarded between 1 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.

Objective of HPI visa: It aims to give British businesses access to an influx of skilled young workers

HPI route, the best path for talented students

The HPI route is specifically designed to entice top global graduates to the UK. This is a short-term visa for students to begin their early careers after completing their courses in top universities. UK government has launched this to benefit the UK workforce.

This is especially for students who have graduated during the mentioned period. The UK government will release the eligible universities tabled between 2016 and 2020. The candidates who are eligible can apply for an HPI visa without any job offer in the UK.

Eligibility criteria to qualify for an HPI visa
  • Candidates of any nationality having 18 years of age.
  • Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Post-Doctorate degrees from a qualified school within the past five years.
  • An English language requirement, either from English-speaking country or that you’ve passed a test or received a degree demonstrating your English language ability.
  • Financial requirement, of a minimum £1,270 available in cash.
List of universities in 2022
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


Duration of HPI visa

If you have a Ph.D., then you can stay for three years. Whereas the candidates with Bachelor’s and Master’s can stay up to 2 years in the UK with an HPI visa.

Differences between HPI visa and Graduate visa

The major difference between the HPI visa and the UK graduate visa is:

HPI visa UK graduate visa
Study in world top schools outside the UK Study within UK
Can stay upto 2 to 3 years after completing degree in world’s top schools outside the UK Can stay for two years after completing a degree in the UK
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