The new category was announced by the Home Office in its UK Innovation Strategy policy document, published on 22 July 2021.
We will have to wait for a new Statement of Changes as details are still thin on the ground, but here is what we know so far:
- It will be open to graduates of ‘top global universities’, though alternative criteria is expected to be announced in due course
- It will be unsponsored, meaning that successful applicants will not be tied to a particular employer
- It will be a route to settlement
This post will be updated once the Home Office releases more information.