Tier 1 Exceptional Talent immigration route is available for non-EEA exceptionally talented individuals, in the fields of Science, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Digital Technology or the Arts, who wish to work in the UK.
There are only a limited number of visas available every year under this route. 500 places are released in April and October of every year.
How to qualify for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
The application for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent takes place in two stages.
In the first stage, you have to apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or emerging leader in your field of expertise (Science, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Digital Technology or the Arts). One of five designated competent bodies will advise the Home Office whether you meet its eligibility criteria and have reached the appropriate level to be endorsed under this route.
The recognised designated competent bodies are;
- Arts Council England, for Arts & Culture applications.
- The British Academy, for Humanities and Social Science applications.
- The Royal Society, for Natural Sciences and Medical science research applications.
- The Royal Academy of Engineering, for Engineering applications.
- Tech City UK, for Digital Technology applications.
After receiving the endorsement, you will be able to proceed to Stage 2 where you apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.
There is no English Language requirement. The language requirement will only be required when you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
It is possible to switch to this visa category from Tier 1, Tier 2, or certain Tier 5 categories.
Spouses and dependents of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
A Tier 1 Exceptional Talent holder can apply for their spouse/civil partner/ unmarried partner and dependent children to join them in the UK. The dependents will be granted the same period of leave as the main applicant. They will be able to work without restriction in the UK.
Length of stay and right to work
You will be able to apply for leave for up to a maximum of five years, or 5 years and 4 months if obtaining Entry Clearance.
You will also be able to apply to extend your leave if you require further limited leave to remain. There is not a maximum limit on the time a person can spend in this category. Note however that it is possible to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after five years in this category.
You can work without restriction. You will thus be able to be employed or work in self-employment. There is thus no need to inform the Home Office when you change jobs.
However, if you apply to extend your current leave, or apply for settlement, you will have to prove that you have been paid for employment in your field of expertise.
You are not allowed to take up employment as a doctor or dentist in training. You are also not allowed to work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.
There is no recourse to public funds.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
At the end of successful completion of a five-year period on the permit, you can qualify to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. This is subject to certain requirements.
Please feel free to speak to one of our consultants to proceed with your application.