Government doubles exceptional talent visa offer

Tier 1 Visas DoubledThe number of visas will double for individuals in technology, science, art and creative industries.

This is part of an of an ongoing commitment to encourage talented people from across the globe and in recognition of the importance of these innovative industries in the UK. Therefore, the number of visas available through the Tier 1 (exceptional talent) route is increasing from 1000 to 2000 a year.

This will ensure that more highly skilled people who enhance the UK’s economy can come to, and work in, this country. It is a further demonstration of the government’s dedication to the global mobility of individuals who will help make sure that the UK remains at the forefront of these world-leading industries.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd said:

“I am delighted that we are able to welcome more talented people from across the world to our country. Increasing the number of visas for these sectors will make sure that we continue to be at the heart of world culture and forefront of digital and scientific advances.

“The UK’s innovative industries, including the thriving digital technology sector, are at the centre of our industrial strategy and making sure that businesses in these fields have access to exceptional talent from across the world is vitally important.

“That is why I will be meeting with technology experts to seek their input on making sure that our visa processes are as efficient as possible.”

The 2,000 visas will be made available to individuals who are recognised as existing global leaders or promising future leaders in the digital technology, science, arts and creative sectors.

The government is keen to ensure that all regions of the UK benefit from this change.

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