The issuance of a new visa that allows holders of first degrees, masters, and doctorates to travel to the United Kingdom is about to commence in the country by May 30, 2022.
The graduates will have opportunity to work in fields such as science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Another advantage with the high potential individual visa is that it allows applicants to relocate to the UK without a prior job offer or sponsorship, but some of the requirements exempted those who graduated from Nigerian universities.
To qualify for the HPI visa, the UK government revealed that applicants needed to have been awarded a degree from an overseas university and the university has to be one of the top global universities as published in the global universities list by the Home Office.
According to the UK Minister of Safe and Legal Migration, Kevin Foster, the “High Potential Individual” visa route is targeted at attracting high-skilled foreign university graduates, who will be allowed to work and stay in the UK for two or three years.
“The new High Potential Individual route will make it as simple as possible for internationally mobile individuals who demonstrate high potential to come to the UK. It will enable those who have already demonstrated their potential through academic achievement to come to the UK without a prior job offer.
“If you’ve been resident in the UK for more than 12 months, you might not need to meet this requirement. Graduates with a bachelor’s or a master’s degree will be given a two-year visa. Ph.D. or other doctoral-level graduates will get visas valid for three years. This visa can only be granted once and will not be available to those who have already had a Graduate visa,” Foster said.