High Potential Individual Visa Route

On 15th March 2022, new details on the High Potential Individual ('HPI') Visa were announced.



This route is for those who have graduated from a qualifying top overseas university within the last 5 years. To qualify a non-UK university must appear on at least two of the following University rankings:

  • Times Higher Education World University Rankings;
  • Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings;
  • The Academic Ranking of World Universities.

A list of qualifying universities will be published in due course and reviewed annually.

The HPI route is expected to open on 30th May 2022. It will be an unsponsored route and there will be no minimum salary or skills requirements. HPI visas will be granted for most individuals for a period of 2 years, or 3 years for those with a PhD. It is not a route to settlement in the UK, but individuals can bring certain dependants with them.

Further details on the changes to the rules can be found in the Statement of Changes and Explanatory Memorandum.