Graduates From These Top Universities Are Eligible for UK Work Visa

United Kingdom Europe Higher Education News International Studies by Erudera News Jun 03, 2022

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The United Kingdom has recently announced that it will grant work visas to students graduating from the best universities in the world as part of the government’s efforts to bring the “best and brightest” international talent into the country.

According to the UK government’s website, a High Potential Individual (HPI) gives graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from some top 50 universities the permission to stay in the United Kingdom for at least two years, while Ph.D. students are given a three-year work visa.

In order to be able to apply, graduates should have been awarded a qualification by an eligible university over the past five years. Applicants who are successful have the opportunity to switch to longer-term employment visas.

Under this type of visa, graduates can also bring their family members to the UK, Erudera reports.

“The visa forms part of a series of changes to the immigration system after leaving the EU to restore control over our borders, so that the UK can welcome people based on the skills they have to offer and the contribution they can make, not where they come from,” the government said.

The government points out, among other things, that students should undergo a security and criminality check as well as demonstrate English language proficiency at an intermediate level.

Home Secretary Priti Patel said that the government is delivering for people in the UK by bringing the best talent that the country and businesses need.

“I am proud to be launching this new and exciting route as part of our points-based immigration system, which puts ability and talent first – not where someone comes from,” Patel said.

The High Potential Individual (HPI) route aims to attract individuals at the early stages of their careers who fulfill the criteria needed to be employed in the UK.

According to the government, the new points-based system will ensure that businesses have access and continue to be at the forefront of innovation.

The recent list of eligible universities from 2021, published on the government’s website, includes the following institutions:  

  1. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) – United States
  2. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) – Hong Kong
  3. Columbia University – United States
  4. Cornell University – United States
  5. Duke University – United States
  6. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) – Switzerland
  7. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) – Switzerland
  8. Harvard University – United States
  9. Johns Hopkins University – United States
  10. Karolinska Institute – Sweden
  11. Kyoto University – Japan
  12. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – United States
  13. McGill University – Canada
  14. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) – Singapore
  15. National University of Singapore – Singapore
  16. New York University (NYU) – United States
  17. Northwestern University – United States
  18. Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University –France
  19. Peking University – China
  20. Princeton University – United States
  21. Stanford University – United States
  22. Tsinghua University – China
  23. University of British Columbia – Canada
  24. University of California, Berkeley – United States
  25. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) – United States
  26. University of California, San Diego – United States
  27. University of Chicago US – United States
  28. University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong
  29. University of Melbourne –Australia
  30. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – United States
  31. University of Munich (LMU Munich) – Germany
  32. University of Pennsylvania – United States
  33. University of Texas at Austin – United States
  34. University of Tokyo – Japan
  35. University of Toronto – Canada
  36. University of Washington – United States
  37. Yale University – United States

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