By Peregrine

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.