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UK Exceptional Talent Visas

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas are for those that have been endorsed as internationally recognised or emerging leaders in science, digital technology, medicine, engineering, humanities or the arts who wish to to enter or remain in the UK.There are a limited amounted of visas available for the exceptional talent immigration category.

Exceptional Talent: Tier 1 Visa

There is a two stage application process for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. First, you must be endorsed as a leader or emerging leader and have your endorsement approved by UK Visas and Immigration. Secondly, you must apply for the visa and satisfy the eligibility requirements.

When applying for endorsement, a Designated Competent Body will advise UK Visas and Immigration whether you meet the exceptional talent criteria. The Bodies recognised for this purpose, and the amount of endorsements assigned to them each year, are:

  • The Royal Society for the natural sciences and medical science fields, which has 250 places;
  • Tech City UK for the digital technology fields, which has 200 places;
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering for the engineering field, which has 150 places;
  • The British Academy for the humanities and social sciences, which has 150 places; and,
  • Arts Council England for the arts and culture, which has 250 places.

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas can last for up to three years and four months. In broad terms, they can be extended for two more years if your endorsement is maintained and you have recently been working in your expert field.  It is also possible to apply to switch to a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if you’re already in the UK on a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa, provided you have been endorsed.

If you are endorsed as having exceptional talent and meet the visa eligibility requirements, your family may be able to join you in the UK. Your family member must be a dependant, such as a spouse, partner or a child under 18, and meet the eligibility criteria.

Immigration Advice for Exceptional Talent

Our specialist direct access immigration barristers provide expert immigration advice to those with exceptional talent as well as other types of high net-worth individuals wanting to come to the UK. For help with an immigration matter, please contact us.

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