Graduates from top universities can get UK visas
The UK visa will be available to recently graduated students from the world's top 50 non-British universities without an offer of employment in the United Kingdom for up to three years. It does not matter where they are born, as the ability to recruit highly skilled and talented employees will improve. Candidates must pass a criminal background check and have an intermediate level of English literacy. In addition, UK immigration reforms have recently been introduced to enhance the process for applicants holding degrees from high-ranking universities to qualify for High Potential Individual (HPI) visas.
To qualify for the new visas, immigrants must earn sufficient points based on their skills, occupations, and education, which reflects the British immigration practice of points-based immigration. The critical thing to remember is that students may apply for HPI visas only if they have graduated from an institution ranked on two or more of the three global ranking systems listed above. Eligible universities must appear in at least two top 50 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, and The Academy of Ranking World Universities.
The majority of Universities are in the US.
The latest list includes 37 eligible universities, 20 in the United States. And they are as below.
- California Institute of Technology
- Columbia University,
- Cornell University,
- Duke University,
- Harvard University,
- Johns Hopkins University,
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
- New York University
- Northwestern University
- Princeton University
- Stanford University
- Yale University
- Three campuses of the University of California (Berkeley, Los Angeles and San Diego)
- The University of Chicago,
- The University of Michigan,
- The University of Pennsylvania,
- The University of Texas at Austin and
- The University of Washington.
Other than the US universities, the majority of other institutions are located in Europe, Canada, or Asia, including the Swiss Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss), the Swedish Karolinska Institute, the Japanese Kyoto University, the Canadian McGill University, the Singapore National University, the Peking University, and the Chinese Tsinghua University. In addition, African, Latin American and South Asian universities are not included in the list, so they cannot participate.
Applicants with bachelor's or master's degrees will receive a two-year visa, while PhD candidates will obtain a three-year permit. They may apply for another visa after their HPI visa expires.
What about cost and family application?
- Visa fee: £715
- Healthcare surcharge per year in the UK: £624
- Minimum Maintenance fund to support yourself in the UK: £1,270
- Bringing their families is possible, but they must show English proficiency.