on May 20, 2022
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In July 2021, the UK Government set out its UK Innovation Strategy, which detailed a number of steps aimed at helping to“supercharge” the British economy.
The COVID-19 crisis has placed extreme stress on the economy and left many UK businesses in a state of disarray. On this backdrop, many parties have been interested to know more about what the UK Government is doing to help attract high-potential people with the right skills to the UK, to assist with the national economic recovery after both the pandemic and Brexit.
The UK is seeking to become a global hub for innovation by 2035. However, it has been recognised that in order to equip UK businesses with the innovative skills they need to help make this possible, it is necessary for some changes to be made to the immigration system.
The High Potential Individual visa route has therefore been introduced to help make the UK the easiest country in the world for top innovative talent to enter. This, in turn, will help businesses make the most of their recovery through innovative solutions, and allow for specialists to come from abroad to share their in-demand skillsets.
If you are thinking about coming to the UK through the High Potential Individual visa route, or even applying for the Global Talent visa, Cranbrook Legal can step in to assist. We can offer expert advice about different types of visas for you to consider, and deal with any tricky paperwork that might be causing you a problem. We will support you through your visa journey, so that you have the best possible chance of getting the optimal result from your application.
Find out more about how Cranbrook Legal can help by calling our legal team today on 0208 215 0053 to speak to one of our specialists.
When you look at this type of visa, and the Global Talent visa for that matter, you may be asking yourself what it is all about and who would qualify for this visa in particular.
Well, the High Potential Individual visa is a route for individuals that have graduated from the top universities and are known as talented players in their careers/fields of work. It will also be available for entrepreneurs and businesspeople who want to make connections within the UK. Basically, if you are a high-potential candidate, this visa could be one well worth considering when you are comparing your potential options for coming to the UK.
Should you decide to go for the High Potential Individual visa, you will not actually need to come over on a job offer. That means it will be much easier for candidates to come over, find new employers, and switch jobs when they think it is time. Therefore, the High Potential Individual visa offers more flexibility than some of the other immigration routes. This type is visa is perfect for those who want to live in the UK without the pressure of sponsorships.
Just don’t forget that this visa is very different to a Student visa – so don’t apply for this route if you are simply intending to come to the UK to study.
With the High Potential Individual visa category not set to be launched until the spring of 2022, much remains uncertain with regard to who will be eligible for this visa, and what process they will need to undergo to apply for it.
Nonetheless, it seems likely that your eligibility in relation to the High Potential Individual visa will depend on your background, your education, and your current achievements. It is expected that applicants for this visa will have graduated from a “top global university”, but it is yet to be known what exactly defines a “top global university”, from the Home Office’s perspective.
This visa, when launched, will be part of the UK’s post-Brexit points-based immigration system. So, it remains to be seen whether there may be other ways to prove that you are a “high potential individual” through such factors as:
As of yet, the UK Government has not settled on specific criteria for immigrants to use this route into the UK. However, if you provide evidence that you are a high achiever in both your work and education, it seems very likely that you will be accepted through this visa route. Your immigration lawyer will be there to help you through every step of the way.
Just to simplify what we have just said, we would like to round it up into a category of eligibility. You should take a look at the High Potential Individual visa if you are:
If you believe that you are a high-potential individual that could use this visa to secure your settlement in the UK, but you cannot find a category that fits you, ask your lawyer for more information. They will be more than happy to help you.
Right now, this type of visa is still quite new. But there are high hopes that it will bring in new talented individuals that can bring a boost to the economy. It’s likely that this visa will experience some form of revision in the future, but for now, it looks like it will be an attractive option for applicants seeking some flexibility when it comes to their visa.
You just have to be the right individual, and it is likely that this visa will also assist you if you are determined to eventually become a British citizen.
Currently, the fees for this visa route still haven’t been detailed. As the visa is yet to be formally launched, it’s likely that it is going to take some time to iron out all of the kinks.
So, right now, we would say that this visa’s price is most likely going to depend on your own personal circumstances. It may allow for benefits to cover the cost, or it may ask that you pay a fee based on how much you currently earn.
The best way to figure out how much the fees will be is to speak to a specialist at Cranbrook Legal. Your solicitor will speak to the Home Office on your behalf to find out more about how you can apply for the High Potential Individual visa, including any fees that you may need to pay.
Everyone knows that the economy has not been the best recently. With the current pandemic, businesses have been forced to shut in order to protect their customers and their workers. This has caused the economy to slump.
In order to boost it, the Government is interested in inviting highly qualified individuals to bring their skills to the UK. The main idea is that these individuals will come over to work in British businesses that need a little boost.
The High Potential Individual visa may also be useful for those who want to seek business opportunities to expand their own brand. Instead of being tied down to one sponsorship, entrepreneurs will be able to move around the country and use their skills to bring inspiration to different businesses.
This visa therefore looks likely to be a much more flexible form of visa compared to some of the other business and education routes. This is how the Government intends to increase the opportunities for people both in and out of the country.
Yes, you can! If you stay in the UK for five years on this visa, you will be eligible to apply for settlement. Should you decide to stay for longer, you may even be able to achieve British citizenship in the future. It is a much more flexible visa than something like a Graduate visa because it can actually lead to you living in the UK permanently, if you desire this.
It has been estimated that this visa scheme will be available for people to apply for during 2022. Speak to your solicitor to learn more information about application dates. They can speak to the Home Office in your stead to find out the information you need about the application process.
There are many other types of visa available for candidates to think about, if they want to come to the UK for business or entrepreneurial projects. You may also consider:
These visas are great for fresh talent interested in going to the UK for employment or business purposes. It’s crucial that we are able to expand the UK economy with new entrepreneurs and workers who are looking to bring their abilities to businesses all over the country. If you are interested in doing this, your solicitor is ready to help you.
The High Potential Individual visa route is not the only major change that the UK Government has announced to its immigration system that is designed to help generate innovation. It has also confirmed, for example, a Scale-up visa, a single sponsored Global Business Mobility visa, and changes to the existing Innovator visa.
Contact our immigration solicitors today, and we will be able to advise and guide you on your options, so that you only apply for the visa category that best suits your own circumstances and needs.
As this is a new type of visa, the application process had not yet been fully set out at the time of typing. However, as it has been attached to the UK’s broader points-based immigration system, it is very likely that you will need to prove that you can hit a number of points to be eligible for coming over to the UK. This may include being able to financially support yourself and speak English.
Our solicitors can be there to help you navigate the points system. You may have to fill out a form to provide your personal information and qualifications. Your solicitor will help you figure out how you can move forward with your application, even if it means changing from one type of visa to another.
Are you ready to get started on your High Potential Individual visa application? Here at Cranbrook Legal, we are ready to use our experience to make sure you get the best result when it comes to your visa application. Our specialists have worked with many different clients before. We will always listen to your questions and concerns when it comes to the visa process. After all, immigrating to any country can be daunting – that’s why we are here to support you.
Our law firm can handle any tricky paperwork and ensure you are always kept updated about how your application is going. We can also help you bring together your evidence and get it ready for sending to the Home Office. That way, we can help get you on your way to the UK as quickly as possible.
If you would like to get started on your High Potential Individual visa application with Cranbrook Legal, our immigration specialists are here to help. Call us on 0208 215 0053, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our contact form to get in touch with our law firm. We look forward to hearing from you soon.