UK High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa 2024 (Job Search Visa)

In most cases, you need a Job offer from the UK Licensed sponsors. The UK govt launched a New Visa in May 2022 which allows you to come for a Job search and look for work. It is known as the UK High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa. According to UK Gov Statistics up to the end of 2022, there were 1,342 grants to main applicants. Applicants from all around the world can apply for the UK HPI Visa. The HPI visa allows you to stay in the UK for 2 years. But if you have a PhD or other doctoral qualification, you can stay for 3 years.

It’s aimed at recent graduates from prestigious universities. UK universities are not eligible. If you’re already in the UK on a student visa you may be able to apply for a Graduate visa. You must apply for an HPI Visa from outside the UK and you have completed your Bachelor’s degree qualification. The application process and the requirements are given below.

Do You need a Job offer for a UK High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa?

No. You do not require a Job offer from the UK.

Stay Duration

An HPI visa usually lasts for 2 years. If you have a PhD or other doctoral qualification, it will last for 3 years.

What You can do on this Visa?

With this visa, you can:

  • Work in most jobs
  • Look for work
  • Be self-employed
  • live in the UK with your partner and children, if they’re eligible
  • Do voluntary work

Eligibility Criteria

  • You must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or higher from an eligible university within the past five years.
  • You need to demonstrate English language proficiency.
  • You need to have at least £1,270 available in your bank account to support yourself in the UK.

List of HPI Visa Eligible Universities

If you have graduated from any one of these universities then you are eligible.

How Much Does it Cost to Get an HPI Visa?

  • Application Fee: 822 Pounds
  • Pay the healthcare surcharge: 1,035 Pounds
  • Pay £210 for Ecctis to check your qualification is valid.

Ecctis is an organization that verifies the authenticity of academic qualifications.

Required Documents

  • A valid passport
  • English Language proof.

How to Apply for the UK HPI Visa?

You must apply online for a High Potential Individual (HPI) visa. From here you can apply online. The official link to the website is given below.


Other Countries that offer Similar Visas please check out the List of Countries that offer Job Seeker Visas.

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