Positive Changes to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Route

The Home Office recently welcomed proposed changes by the digital technology sector to welcome global talent into the UK, which is good news for businesses and companies who look to sponsor highly skilled migrants. Tech City UK in particular is one of the Competent Bodies which the Home Office has selected to assess applications from applicants who wish to enter the UK under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route. Tech City UK assesses applications in the Digital Technology sector to help talented Tier 1 Applicants to enter the UK.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Route Improved

The Home Office has agreed to the proposed changes which seek to develop the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa criteria to make it more accessible to candidates. The additional changes will include:

  • Building UK Scale-ups: The UK digital economy depends on scale ups for its growth, and the new changes mean that via this Visa application businesses can acquire the employees they need for growth on a fast track route that allows for rapid growth.
  • Recognising exceptional applicants: the previous visa applications only permitted applicants with world leading expertise to enter the UK. The new criteria allows for potential world leading experts to be sponsored as applicants permitting them to develop into world experts in the UK.
  • Northern Fast track applications:  a fast track route for the digital sector in  the areas of; Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sunderland.
  • Teams of applicants: applications can be made by a team of five applicants who wish to work as partners, allowing for a team of entrepreneurs to be employed by businesses who require an entire team of potential experts from outside the UK.

What this means for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Applicants

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers welcome the Home Office recommendations and are pleased to the see direction and scope of the digital sector agreements with the Home Office. The proposals by Tech City are encouraging and should be welcomed because they will have a positive impact on the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications and thus the UK economy. The proposal are in complete harmony to the spirit of the Tier 1 category which is to promote investment in the UK economy and to boost the UK economy.

This can be seen by Eileen Burbidge’s (Partner at Passion Capital and Chair of Tech City UK) comments :

“Engaging with the digital business community to ensure the Government is offering practical support to accelerate company growth is what Tech City UK is about, and these revisions to the Visa programme address the highest priority for all company founders — that of growing and scaling a business with the best talent from around the world.”

Successful Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa Applications

It is particularly pleasing to see that the Home Office is considering the needs of UK businesses who are in desperate need of skilled migrants in the Technology sector. We are regularly instructed by Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) entrepreneurs and undertake a detailed review for  Applicants and will be able to guide you through the process of making a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law.

We also undertake a great deal of appeal work before the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and have a successful track record of successful results for our clients. We have the experience and the knowledge required to take your case forward successfully. If you have had a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) entrepreneur visa refused, contact us to discuss your case so that we can provide you with a case assessment.

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