The UK has said it will now offer work visas to graduates of the world’s top universities as it aims to encourage talented graduates in fields such as science, engineering and research to bring their talents to the world. UK through a ‘high potential individual’ route.
Under the program announced on Monday, May 30, successful applicants will receive a 2-year work visa (3 years for PhDs) and be allowed to pursue other long-term employment pathways.
“Great innovation is built from a diverse workforce and the new path will ensure the UK continues to nurture talent from around the world,” the country’s government said.
From engineering to cybersecurity to advanced medical research, the UK will be able to host talented people to drive both economic growth and technological and medical advances, he said.
“The race to attract the brightest and best international talent is fierce and inviting talented people from international universities will complement the pool of high-achieving graduates from UK universities.”
The list of eligible universities is based on a 2021 World University List and includes colleges in the United States, Sweden, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, Germany, Australia, and China .
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “This new visa offer means the UK can continue to attract the best and brightest from around the world. This route means that the UK will become a leading international hub for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship.
“We want the businesses of tomorrow to be built here today – that’s why I’m calling on students to take advantage of this incredible opportunity to forge their careers here.”
The new High Potential Individual pathway is intended to attract people at the start of their careers, who show exceptional promise, by providing a pool of highly desirable and capable mobile talent from which UK employers can recruit, the government has said. .
The visa, the government said, is part of a series of changes to the immigration system after leaving the EU to restore control of the country’s borders, “so that the UK can welcome people according to skills they have to offer and the contribution they can make, not where they come from”.
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