The UK Has Launched a New Visa for World’s Top Graduates

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Graduates from some of the world’s best colleges are now able to apply for a short-term visa to stay and work in the U.K.

The country has launched new visas for the world’s top graduates this week.

The U.K. government has said people who have graduated, in the last five years, from one of the eligible leading universities listed on its website, will be able to apply for the U.K.’s “high potential individual” visa.

Successful applicants will be granted a two-year visa, while those with a PhD will be offered a three-year visa.

Graduates granted a HPI visa will also be able to switch to other long-term employment visas, if they meet the eligibility requirements. Graduates’ partners and children can also apply to join, or stay with them, in the U.K.

The application fee for the visa is £715 ($904), along with £210 to verify that their qualification is valid, or £252 if they’re applying from the U.K.

The list of eligible colleges is based on university rankings from around the world. The 2021/2022 list of eligible universities is as follows:

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) — U.S.
Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong
Columbia University — U.S.
Cornell University — U.S.
Duke University — U.S.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL Switzerland) — Switzerland
ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) — Switzerland
Harvard University — U.S.
Johns Hopkins University — U.S.
Karolinska Institute — Sweden
Kyoto University — Japan
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) — U.S.
McGill University — Canada
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — Singapore
National University of Singapore — Singapore
New York University (NYU) — U.S.
Northwestern University — USA
Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University — France
Peking University — China
Princeton University — U.S.
Stanford University — U.S.
Tsinghua University — China
University of British Columbia — Canada
University of California, Berkeley — U.S.
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) — U.S.
University of California, San Diego — U.S.
University of Chicago US — U.S.
University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
University of Melbourne — Australia
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — U.S.
University of Munich (LMU Munich) — Germany
University of Pennsylvania — U.S.
University of Texas at Austin — U.S.
University of Tokyo — Japan
University of Toronto — Canada
University of Washington — U.S.
Yale University — U.S.

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