The UK Government intend to create a fast-track visa for persons with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The reasoning behind this move is to attract the world’s top scientists and researchers to the UK. The UK Government said in its announcement that it is hoping that by introducing this visa it enhance the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK.
The launching of this new immigration route is indeed very good news for scientist and researchers looking to work in the UK.
The route will be open to all nationalities, irrespective of whether they are EU or non-EU citizens. The route will reportedly also be launched regardless of the terms of the UK leaving the EU.
Breytenbachs believes this new immigration route, will create many opportunities for professionals in STEM.
Fast-track visa for Scientists and Researchers offers many advantages
The new fast-track visa will offer great opportunities for individuals who qualify under this immigration route.
Persons who apply successfully will receive a three-year visa. During their stay in the UK they can come and go from the UK at will. They will also qualify for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, after only three years! Dependents of the main visa holder will be able to join the main holder in the UK. Adult dependents will be able to work in the UK without any restriction.
Another wonderful advantage of this new visa route, is that this new visas will have no minimum salary requirement or minimum salary threshold.
There is also no need for applicants to secure a job before arriving in the UK.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route re-branded to accommodate new fast-track visa
The Home Office said that the new fast-track visa will in fact be the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route rebranded. It will be re-branded to recognise the need to attract global talent in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
The Home Office will remove the cap on the current Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route. The uncapping of the route will ensure that applicants who qualify will be assured of a place.
The new fast-track visa will open during the course of 2019. Breytenbachs will inform clients via our newsletter and social media as soon as we receive more information on this exciting development!