“High Potential” visa - No job offer required “High potential individuals” will be able to come to the UK to work without a job offer. This is a new announcement by the UK government. This is part of the UK Innovation Strategy published on 22 July 2021.
The document states, 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. Full terms and conditions will appear in a statement of changes to the Immigration Rules in due course. What qualifies as a “top global university”, that remains to be seen. Will that be a closed list of institutions, or will there be criteria against which individual applications can be assessed more flexibly? And what other requirements will there be? Some might assume that anyone with a degree qualification from a decent university would qualify. Realistically, it is more likely that a small number of the most highly skilled graduates from prestigious universities will be eligible to apply.