Friday 23 July 2021 4:30 pm

New visa planned for graduates of 'top global universities'

Individuals who have attended a “top global university” will be eligible to move to the UK without a job offer under a new scheme unveiled today.

A new “High Potential Individual” route will be introduced, the government has announced as part of its new innovation strategy.

The government said that the scheme would make it “as simple as possible for internationally mobile individuals who demonstrate high potential to come to the UK”.

“Eligibility will be open to individuals who have graduated from a top global university”, it added in a statement.

“The UK government will explore the scope to expand eligibility to other characteristics of high potential”.

The new visa is part of a new programme that seeks to boost private sector investment across the UK.

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “The countries that secure leadership in transformational technologies will lead the world – it’s our job to ensure the UK keeps pace with the global innovation race.”

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