Opportunities from new points-based visa scheme

By Helen Gilbert

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Opportunities from new points-based visa scheme

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UKHospitality has called for increased use of youth mobility schemes with other nations in order to maximise the potential of the government’s new points-based visa scheme.

Announced by the Government yesterday (30 May), the High Potential Individual route aims to attract highly talented graduates from internationally renowned universities.

Under the scheme, successful applicants will be given a two-year work visa - or three years for those with a PhD - and the permission to move into other long-term employment routes, in a bid to encourage individuals to forge their careers in the UK. 

UKHospitality CEO, Kate Nicholls, said the announcement was a positive indication that the UK wanted to welcome global talent with open arms.

“That very much includes hospitality, a sector in which where there are incredible opportunities at the higher end of skilled roles,” she noted.

“There are opportunities here for our world-class hospitality schools, too, so we hope that these openings will be extended to them, too, in order to showcase our excellence and attract the best candidates. 

“That would be greatly enhanced, however, if there was also an increased use of youth mobility schemes with other nations, and bilateral arrangements built into forthcoming trade deals.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the new visa offer would enable the UK to attract 'the best and brightest from across the globe'.

“The route means that the UK will grow as a leading international hub for innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship,” he added. 

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