“Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa enables internationally recognised or emerging leaders to work in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology and the arts”.
We have successfully represented a number of international clients under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent arrangements. Limited places are available under this category each year, so let us manage your application to give you the best chance of success.
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Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa in more detail
To apply for this Tier 1 visa, you must be endorsed as either an internationally recognised leader (exceptional talent) or demonstrate the potential to become a world leader (exceptional promise) in your field.
Each field is represented by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK), which has to decide whether or not to endorse your application. You need to obtain endorsement from the relevant body for your sector before a visa application can be made in this category.
Each competent body has a limit of endorsements to issue. A total of 1,000 are available across all categories per year
You can apply to switch to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa from within the UK in limited categories. Alternatively, you can apply from overseas.
You can apply for an extension if your ‘competent body’ has not withdrawn its endorsement, and you can provide evidence to show you are actively employed or self-employed, continuing your work in this field.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
You could qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain, following 5 years lawful stay in this category. You need to demonstrate that you have remained economically active in your field of expertise, with evidence of earnings.
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