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

, 16/11/2017

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.