Tuesday 27 July 2021 7:07 AM UTC
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON July 27: Graduates from ‘top global universities’ will no longer need a job offer in order to secure a visa to work in the UK, under a government plan to boost innovation.
The new route for “internationally mobile individuals” will also allow beneficiaries to extend their visas and settle in the UK, subject to meeting certain requirements.
The move, building on previous promises to provide an unsponsored work route under the Points Based Immigration System for business visas, comes as part of the UK Innovation Strategy published last week.
The UK Innovation Strategy sets out the government’s vision to make the UK a global hub for innovation by 2035
The document says:
“Furthermore, as part of our plan for growth, the UK government will introduce a new High Potential Individual route to make it as simple as possible for internationally mobile individuals who demonstrate high potential to come to the UK. Eligibility will be open to applicants who have graduated from a top global university.
The UK government will explore the scope to expand eligibility to other characteristics of high potential.
There will be no job offer requirement, giving individuals the flexibility to work, switch jobs or employers and make contributions to the UK economy. The route will also allow eligible individuals to extend their visa and settle in the UK, subject to meeting specific requirements”.
What qualifies as a “top global university” will be updated and published in a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules in due course. More details are awaited.
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