High Potential Individual Visa UK

The High Potential Individual Visa is open to Egyptian citizens who have successfully graduated from leading universities within the last five years. The purpose of the High Potential Visa is to allow talented graduates to work and live within the UK without having a job offer in place.

Applying for the High Potential Individual Visa can be complicated. If applicants want to ensure their application is successful they may wish to seek the advice of an experienced immigration expert. Speak to Total Law’s highly qualified team of lawyers today to assist you with your application by calling +44 (0)333 305 9375 or using our online chat.

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    What is the UK High Potential Individual Visa?

    The UK High Potential Individual Visa was introduced in 2022 to attract talented individuals to the UK from across the world, including those from Egypt.

    This visa pathway allows international graduates from high-ranking universities to live and work in the UK for between two to three years. A key benefit for those applying for a visa from Egypt is the ability to enhance their career opportunities as well as develop key skills and gain relevant experience.

    Applying for the High Potential Individual Visa can be a difficult process and it is essential applicants ensure they provide the correct documentation otherwise, they could face lengthy delays or even possible rejection. It is important to note that fees for the High Potential Visa are non-refundable even when an application is denied.

    A major attraction of the High Potential Individual Visa is there is no need to have a UK sponsor or job offer in place before travelling from Egypt to the UK.  This makes it appealing to employers as there is less of a financial burden plus it allows visa holders more flexibility when it comes to finding and changing jobs.

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    Eligibility and Requirements of the High Potential Individual Visa

    To be eligible for the High Potential Individual VIsa, applicants must meet several requirements including:

    • Be at least 18 years old.
    • Have recently graduated from a university that is Home Office approved and with a qualification equal to a UK postgraduate Master’s degree, UK PhD, UK bachelor’s degree, or other doctoral-level qualification.
    • The applicant must not have been granted a Graduate Visa previously and have also not been granted UK entry under the Student Doctorate Extension Scheme.

    Applicants will need to also apply to ECCTIS (formerly known as UK NARIC), to ensure that the academic qualification they hold is valid and meets the criteria for qualifications which are a requirement for a High Potential Individual Visa.

    It is also important to note that foreign nationals, including Egyptian citizens, who have graduated from a British university within the last five years are ineligible for a High Potential Individual Visa. However, such students who are still in the UK may qualify for the Graduate Visa as an alternative. Reach out to Total Law for further advice on this UK Work Visa.

    Documents Required for High Potential Individual Visa

    When submitting an application for a UK High Potential Visa from Egypt, the applicant will also need to provide relevant documentation to demonstrate they meet the visa criteria. The paperwork required may include:

    • A valid passport or travel document
    • Proof of sufficient funding to support themselves within the UK, e.g. recent banking statements
    • Academic Qualification Level Statement from ECCTIS, which verifies that the academic qualifications the applicant has are valid and meet the requirements of the visa
    • A tuberculosis negative test result (only required in specified countries)
    • Evidence that proves an applicant meets the necessary English language requirements. (e.g. qualifications, certificates or similar documents)

    Ensure that any documents an applicant submits which are not in English or Welsh, such as Arabic, must be accompanied by translations certified by a verified translator.

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      Points system

      The High Potential Individual Visa is a visa open to applicants with qualifications from qualifying global universities, including those from Egypt, as long as they have graduated within the last five years.

      Applicants will also have to attain 70 points across financial and language requirements to be successful in their visa application. These points are awarded as follows:

      • B1 level English language requirement: worth 10 points.
      • Global Universities List degree requirement: worth 50 points.
      • Meeting the financial requirements: worth 10 points.

      Applications received by the Home Office that have less than the 70 points required will be refused. Applicants will then be informed by the Home Office of the reasoning for the visa rejection detailed in a decision notification letter.

      Eligible Global Universities

      The global universities list produced by the UK Home Office changes every year. Below is a list of universities awarded a place on the global universities list for the 2023 academic year and applies for qualifications awarded between 1st November 2023 and 31 October 2024.

      • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
      • Columbia University
      • Cornell University
      • Delft University of Technology
      • Duke University
      • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland)
      • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
      • Fudan University
      • Harvard University
      • Johns Hopkins University
      • Karolinska Institute
      • Kyoto University
      • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
      • McGill University
      • Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
      • National University of Singapore
      • New York University
      • Northwestern University
      • Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University
      • Peking University
      • Princeton University
      • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
      • Stanford University
      • Technical University of Munich
      • Tsinghua University
      • University of British Columbia
      • University of California, Berkeley
      • University of California, Los Angeles
      • University of California, San Diego
      • University of Chicago
      • University of Hong Kong
      • University of Melbourne
      • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
      • University of Pennsylvania
      • University of Tokyo
      • University of Toronto
      • University of Washington
      • Yale University
      • Zhejiang University

      Application Fees for High Potential Individual Visa

      Applicants from Egypt for the High Potential Individual Visa will need to pay fees when making their visa application. These fees are non-refundable even if a visa is not granted so it is important applicants ensure they are applying for the correct visa and are providing sufficient evidence to support their application.

      • The High Potential Individual Visa application fee – £715.
      • The Immigration Health Surcharge costs an annual amount of £624 per person per year spent in the UK.
      • The ECCTIS certification check costs £210 if applying from outside of the UK, including Egypt or £252 if applying from within the UK.

      Applicants will also need to make sure they meet the financial requirements for the visa. This means they must be able to demonstrate that they have access to sufficient funds while living and working in the UK.

      In most cases, the Home Office requires a High Potential Individual Visa to have at least £1,270 in funds available in their bank account to be considered financially stable enough to support themselves. This amount can vary depending on whether the visa holder is sponsoring dependents to accompany them to the UK.

      For further details about the current fees or if you have questions about the financial support criteria, then get in touch with Total Law’s experienced team on +44 (0)333 305 9375 or use our online chat.

      High Potential Individual Application Process

      Applicants who want to apply for the High Potential Individual Visa will first need to acquire the documents necessary for their application. The documents required can differ depending on the specific circumstances of the individual.

      Applicants should be made aware that there is a differing process for those already located in the UK and who are switching from another UK visa.

      Applicants must apply for the visa within five years of being awarded an eligible qualification from a university on the list of qualifying institutions.

      When applying, the potential visa holder will need to provide proof of identity,  a completed application form and all supporting documents.

      Applicants will also have to complete one of the two following options to prove their identity to the UK immigration services. They can make use of the UK Immigration: ID Check app to scan their ID documents and submit their application online via the UK government website.

      Once an online application has been submitted, the applicant will be asked to provide all the required documentation and biometric information, which includes photographs and fingerprints.

      Alternatively, the applicant can visit their local visa application centre in Egypt to provide their information and submit their documents.

      In most cases, it is required to attend a visa interview to provide fingerprints and have a photograph taken to obtain a Biometric Residence Permit (BRP). Potential visa holders may also be required to answer questions about their qualifications, as well as their plans for employment when arriving in the UK.

      The High Potential Individual Visa allows partners/spouses and unmarried children below the age of 18 to join the visa holder in the UK and their details should be provided on the application.

      Can I Bring Dependents on a High Potential Visa?

      When entering the UK with a High Potential Individual Visa it is possible for you to apply for your partner and children to join you within the UK as dependents. Any dependant’s visa expiration date will typically be the same as the original applicants.

      Eligible dependents include:

      • A child over the age of 18 who is currently staying in the UK as a dependant.
      • A wife, husband, civil or unmarried partner.
      • A child who is below the age of 18, including children who are born in the UK during the primary applicant’s stay within the country.

      Applicants will be required to provide evidence of the familial relationship to each dependant when making their application.

      Dependent partners are required to be able to prove one of the following statements when creating their application.

      • The applicant and their dependent partner have been living together in a relationship for a minimum of two years upon application.
      • The applicant and their partner are in a civil partnership or marriage legally recognised within the UK.

      Dependant children are required to meet the following criteria:

      • The child must not be married or be in a civil partnership.
      • The child must live with the applicant unless they are living away full time, e.g. boarding school or university.

      The applicant will also need to provide evidence of address, this can be done by using any of the following eligible documents:

      • Driving licence
      • Credit card bills
      • NHS registration documents
      • Recent bank statement
      • An official letter from the child’s college or university

      Applicants with dependants are also required to have additional funds to enable themselves to support their family when they arrive within the UK.

      • One child required £315.
      • Your partner requires £285
      • Each additional child will require £200.

      Additionally, applicants will need to remember that each family member is required to pay the NHS Immigration Healthcare Surcharge.

      Typical Application Processing Time of an HPI Visa

      The majority of applications for a UK High Potential Visa will be processed within three weeks of application from outside of the UK, including Egypt.

      If an applicant is applying from within the UK and wishes to switch from a different visa route to the High Potential Visa then this may take up to eight weeks for the application to be processed.

      It is important to ensure that your application and its supporting documents submitted are as true and accurate as possible.

      Any issues with the application are likely to increase the processing time or even lead to rejection. We always advise speaking with our experienced team of immigration lawyers, who can ensure your application is as smooth and successful as possible. Give us a call at +44 (0)333 305 9375 to start the application process today.

      Extending The High Potential Visa

      High Potential Individual Visas are valid for two to three years. The time the visa is valid for is dependent on what academic qualifications are awarded to the applicant. Those who have a Bachelor’s or Post-Graduate degree or an equivalent level will be able to obtain a High Potential Individual Visa that will last two years. However, those who hold a PhD or higher can be granted a High Potential Individual Visa that is valid for three years.

      Visa holders will be unable to extend or renew their visas beyond the initial expiry date, but it is still possible to switch to another UK visa route if they are able to meet the requirements to do so.

      For example, if a High Potential Individual Visa holder has obtained a full-time work placement in the UK with an eligible UK sponsoring business, it may be possible for an individual to successfully apply for a UK Skilled Worker Visa.

      For more information on the possible options when your High Potential Individual Visa expires, reach out to Total Law for more information about the many UK visas on offer to Egyptian citizens.

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        Restrictions and Benefits While on a UK High Potential Individual Visa

        Although there is a large array of benefits to having a High Potential Individual Visa to enter the UK, there are some restrictions which applicants must understand before choosing to apply.

        While living within the UK on a High Potential Individual Visa, an applicant is allowed to do the following:

        • Search for employment
        • Take up employment
        • Travel to and from the UK
        • Undertake volunteering
        • Study

        While an individual is living in the UK on a High Potential Individual Visa, they are not permitted to engage in the following activities:

        • Extend their visa
        • Work within the UK as a professional sportsperson
        • Apply for a state pension or claim any other public funds
        • Apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or any other settlement route into the UK.

        Settlement and HPI Visas in the UK

        The UK High Potential Individual Visa does not provide any direct routes to Indefinite Leave to Remain within the UK, although there are some options available for applicants who desire to stay in the UK permanently or gain British citizenship.

        Often those who are on the High Potential Individual Visa looking to qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain whilst they are living within the UK can switch to an alternative visa before their current one expires.

        High Potential Individual Visa holders may be able to switch to a Global Talent Visa, Family Visa or Innovator Founder Visa provided they meet the respective criteria. It may also be possible to change to a Skilled Worker Visa depending on the work and skillset of the applicant.

        They will also need to have acquired sponsorship from a verified employer with a current Sponsor Licence.

        They then may be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after two, three or 5 years depending on their visa type and provided they have lived continuously within the UK for the specified time period.

        After a year of being in the UK on settled status they are then able to apply for UK citizenship.

        Individuals should be aware that time spent living in the UK using a High Potential Individual Visa does not count towards the qualifying time required for Indefinite Leave to Remain.

        How Can Total Law Help?

        The High Potential Individual Visa for the UK is an incredible visa option if you are a highly skilled individual who has recently graduated from an eligible top-tier university. To apply for an HPI visa, however, you must meet the eligibility criteria and ensure that you have the necessary documents ready.

        The application process for a High Potential Individual Visa can be highly complex and our experienced team of highly trained immigration lawyers is here to help. A member of our team here at Total Law can help ensure that your application is properly completed and that there are no errors, ensuring a smooth application process. To make your High Potential Individual Visa application process today give us a call today at +44 (0)333 305 9375.

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                  Frequently Asked Questions

                  The UK Graduate Visa is an immigration route that is primarily for those who have already completed a course such as a master’s or UK bachelor’s course. Whereas the High Potential Individual Visa is restricted to those who have graduated outside of the UK from an eligible university.

                  Both visa immigration routes do not require an applicant to have a job offer, unlike other UK visas such as the Skilled Worker Visa which is required to have received an eligible job offer.

                  No, time spent within the UK on a High Potential Individual Visa does not count towards the qualifying period for indefinite leave to remain and therefore, the High Potential Visa does not lead to settlement in the UK.