High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa

High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa

The High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa is your gateway to a promising future in the UK. With this visa, you gain permission to reside in the UK for a minimum of 2 years, and it doesn’t require a job offer. Instead, it is granted based on your qualification from an eligible university obtained within the last 5 years.

Key points
  • A specialised route designed for individuals who have been honoured with a qualification from an eligible university in the last 5 years.
  • This visa category does not necessitate a job offer, offering you the flexibility to explore opportunities as per your aspirations.
  • English language and maintenance evidence required
  • Can stay in the UK for 2 years or 3 years
  • Can bring family


To be eligible for a High Potential Individual (HPI) visa, you must have been awarded a qualification by an eligible university.

The list of eligible universities comprises globally recognized institutions, including those from the the USA, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, Australia. These institutions must appear in the Top 50 rankings on two or more list. Notably, UK universities are not included in this list. Please note that the list of eligible universities is subject to change every year. Please feel free to contact us for further information or evaluation.

Additionally, your qualification must be at the same level as a UK bachelor’s degree, a UK postgraduate degree, or a UK PhD or doctorate. Ecctis (formerly UK NARIC) must check your qualification is valid and at the right level, and the qualification must be within the last 5 years.

Please note that you must also demonstrate your proficiency in the English language and provide evidence of sufficient personal savings to support yourself in the UK unless you have been residing in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months. While there is no job offer requirement for this visa, it can only be applied for once.

How long you can stay

Typically, an HPI Visa has a validity period of 2 years. However, if you hold a Ph.D. or another doctoral qualification, your visa can be extended to 3 years.

The High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa is your ticket to unlocking your potential in the UK. Whether you’re seeking academic advancement or exploring career opportunities, this visa category empowers you to shape your future.

Ref: https://www.gov.uk/high-potential-individual-visa

To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T:+44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at enquiries@lattainternational.com. More information can be found from Contact Us.

* Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: August 2023

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