Indian Universities Missing Out on UK High Potential Individual Visa; Chinese universities feature

The UK Government has announced that graduates from the top 50 non-UK universities in the world can now work in the UK through the new High Potential Individual (HPI) visa route. This year’s list includes two universities from China and two from Hong Kong. These include: Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hong Kong (HKU), University of Beijing and Tsinghua University. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a new participant on the list.

However, no Indian university has been able to earn a place.

In the list released for the year 2020-2021, when the cases of coronavirus first appeared all over the world, three Chinese universities had still managed to get it on the list, but no Indian university was added. The number increased to four (two from China and Hong Kong each) in the 2021-2022 list, but Indian universities are still missing from the list of 37 universities.

Peking University, Tsinghua University and University of Hong Kong were included in the lists from 2016 to 2022. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology was also featured in all lists from 2016 to 2020. However, the university is missing from the 2021 and 2022 list.

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What is an HPI visa? How can you apply for it? Are Indians Eligible? We answer some of the most important questions.

What is a High Potential Individual (HPI) Visa?

Candidates who successfully obtain the High Potential Individual (HPI) visa will be allowed to stay in the UK for at least two years. If the candidate has a PhD or other doctoral qualification, they can stay in the country for three years.

What opportunities does a person get under HPI?

Through the HPI visa, candidates can work in most jobs, look for jobs, participate in volunteer work and be self-employed. During this period, they will also be allowed to travel abroad and return to the United Kingdom. In addition, candidates can also live in the UK with their partner and children, if they are eligible.

However, this visa will not be available to those who want to work as a professional sportsman in the country.

This visa can not be used to apply for most benefits such as public funds, or the State Pension.

Eligible universities

To be eligible for this visa, candidates would need to have obtained a qualification through an eligible university. The UK Government has published six lists of eligible universities ranging from 2016 to 2022. Candidates should check whether their university is mentioned in that list specifically for the year they graduated from that faculty. For example, if a candidate graduates from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2021, he / she will not be eligible for the visa because this university is not on the 2021 list. However, if the same candidate graduated from the same university in 2017, he / she can apply for the HPI visa because the university is on the 2017 list.

You must apply for this visa within five years of obtaining a qualification from the list of eligible universities.

Candidates can check the list of eligible universities on the official website – gov.uk/high-potential-individual-visa/eligibility

Are Indian universities eligible?

No Indian university has earned a rank in any of the six lists issued by the British government. Therefore, Indian students graduating from an Indian university will not be eligible for this visa.

Which country has the most eligible universities?

The United States of America (US) has the most number of eligible universities in all lists. Universities from Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Germany, Singapore and Australia also rank in these lists. China had at least three universities named in each list, while no South Asian country included it on the list.

How to apply for this visa

One can only apply for the HPI visa through the online portal. Interested candidates can visit the official website – gov.uk/high-potential-individual-visa/apply-from-outside-the-uk – to apply for the HPI visa.

What are the documents required?

– Valid passport

– Proof of your knowledge of English

– Declaration of Ecctis after they have checked the qualification

– Medical report (tuberculosis test results) if you come from one of the mentioned countries for the same.

What level of English qualification is required for this visa?

A candidate must prove that he / she can read, write, speak and understand English up to at least level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages ​​(CEFR) scale. Candidates will need to appear for a Secure English Language Test (SELT), or GCSE, A level, Scottish National Qualification level 4 or 5. Candidates who have a degree-level academic qualification who have been taught in English will also be eligible in consideration.

How much does an HPI visa cost?

While the application fee is £ 715, candidates must ensure that they can show enough money in their bank accounts to:

– £ 210 for Ecctis to verify that your qualification is valid

– Pay the care allowance, which is normally £ 624 for each year in the UK

– At least £ 1,270 to support yourself when you arrive in the UK.

Can this visa provide permanent residence?

The HPI visa cannot be extended and the candidate will have to apply for another visa if he / she wants to stay and work further in the UK. For example, if someone wants to study in the UK after their HPI visa has expired, they will have to apply for a student / study visa.

Also, this visa cannot be used to apply for permanent residence in the United Kingdom.


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