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UNITED KINGDOM – Government Doubles Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visas

The UK Home Office has announced that the number of visas available annually through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1000 to 2000.

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas are available to non-EEA nationals who are recognised as existing global leaders or promising future leaders in the digital technology, science, arts and creative sectors by one of five UK endorsing organisations:

  • Tech City UK;
  • Arts Council England;
  • The British Academy;
  • The Royal Society;
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering.

The current allocation of 1000 visas – which is split between the five endorsing organisations – will remain, and the additional places will be made available across all the endorsing bodies dependent on need.

Action Items

  • Non-EEA nationals considering the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category should consult an immigration specialist for the latest advice on eligibility.

This news alert was prepared using information provided by UK Visas and Immigration and Newland Chase.

DISCLAIMER: The information contained in this immigration alert has been abridged from laws, court decisions, and administrative rulings and should not be construed or relied upon as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Peregrine © 2017 Peregrine Immigration Management Ltd.