|TIER 1 (Exceptional Talent)|
This is a route for exceptionally talented migrants, who can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if they have received endorsement in their area of expertise in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology, arts and recently fashion designers were also add to the list. They can apply as a recognised leader (exceptional talent) or an emerging leader (exceptional promise).
Limit on Exceptional talent applications
The UK government has limited the number of applications that can be made under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent).
Every initial application must be endorsed by a 'designated competent body'.
There is a limit of 2,000 endorsements each year between 6 April and 5 April. The endorsements will be assigned to the designated competent bodies.
Applicants are required to score 75 points in total to successfully apply for this visa.
The points are awarded to those who are endorsed by a designated Competent Body, expert within these fields.
The endorsement should be dated no earlier than 3 months prior to application.
The role of the Competent Body is to vouch to the Home Office that in their opinion the migrant is exceptionally talented. There is no single definition of “exceptional talent” and each such Competent Body set its own criteria to select those who will qualify for endorsement as well as sets out its procedures for receiving and processing requests for endorsements.
At present there are four Competent Bodies:
Arts Council England – for arts and culture applications
The British Academy – for humanities and social science applications
The Royal Society – for natural sciences and medical science research applications
The Royal Academy of Engineering – for engineering applications
Tech City UK - for digital technology sector applications
Fashion Council – for fashion designers.
Eligibility and Assessment Criteria of Arts Council The British Academy, The Royal Society and The Royal Academy of Engineering and Tech City UK are given here
The Arts Council endorses applicants with exceptional promise.
The Exceptional Talent visa is available to those applying from outside the UK. If you are living in the UK under Tier 2 or 5, you have the right to switch to Exceptional Talent category providing you meet the requirements.
It’s a two stage process and the first stage is the most important one, where you will have to obtain the endorsement from the designated bodies, who assesses your skills, abilities and achievements. Once endorsement is granted, you proceed to stage two, making application for visa or further leave to remain in the UK.
There are no English language or maintenance requirements for initial application under this category.
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrants will be able to invite their spouse / unmarried partner / civil partner and children under 18 years of age to join them as dependants. The dependants will be given full rights to work in the UK apart from working as a Trainee Doctor. Dependants can apply from within the UK, as long as they are not here illegally, as visitors, or on temporary admission or temporary release.
Duration of visa and settlement
You can make an application for settlement once you have been in the United Kingdom continuously for 3 years 4 months under Exceptional talent criteria. If the visa is granted under Exceptional promise you will be entitled to apply for settlement after 5 years and 4 months.
To be approved you must meet the following two criteria:
There are no English language requirements for extension application under this category.
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