High Potential Individual visa: new universities added for 2023

 The High Potential Individual (HPI) visa was introduced in May 2022 to allow individuals who have been awarded a degree from an eligible overseas university within the last 5 years to live and work in the UK without sponsorship.

An applicant must have been awarded a qualification equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, postgraduate degree or PhD/doctorate within the last 5 years.

At the time the qualification was awarded, the institution must appear on the appropriate Global Universities List:

The following universities have been added to the list for qualifications awarded between 1 November 2023 and 31 October 2024:

  • Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
  • Fudan University, China
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

This means that if you are due to graduate from one of the above universities, you will be newly eligible to apply for a UK visa for 2-3 years.

If you graduated from one of the following universities between 1 November 2018 and 31 October 2019, this year is your last change year to apply:

  • PSL Université Paris (Paris Sciences & Lettres), France
  • Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

An applicant can only apply for the HPI visa once and cannot be combined with the Graduate route or Doctorate Extension Scheme.

Applicants will be granted either a two-year or three-year visa depending on the level of qualification. If a visa is granted, it allows the applicant to live and work in the UK, including self-employment.