UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Stage 2 of 2: The Immigration Application

Continuing on from stage 1 of your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application, we now move on to stage 2 of 2 of your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application. As mentioned previously, the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa comprises of 2 different stages. Once you have received a successful decision from a corresponding Designated Competent Body on your stage 1 endorsement application, you may move on to the stage 2 immigration application, which is solely governed by the Home Office. UK visas and immigration applications can often be lengthy and complex, our team will be able to assist and guide you through your application to ensure that your application has the highest possibility to succeed.

Moving on to stage 2 of 2 of your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application

UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent: Who can apply?

If you have received an endorsement from a Designated Competent Body, your stage 1 application will be approved by the Home Office and you may move forward to stage 2. You may wish to time your stage 1 and stage 2 applications. An endorsement decision may take up to 8 weeks to reach you and your letter of endorsement will only be valid for 3 months once it has been issued. Your stage 2 application decision on the other hand, will usually take 3-8 weeks to reach you depending on where and how you made your application.

UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent: How to apply?

As this is an immigration application, all general UK Immigration Rules and practices apply. If you are applying outside of the UK, you will have to complete an online application form and will be required to attend a visa application centre afterwards to have your biometrics taken. If you are applying inside of the UK for an extension of your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa or to switch to this route, you will have to complete an application form and submit the application in person or by post.

These forms can be lengthy and complicated with terminology that you are not familiar with. Always contact our team of experienced immigration solicitors if you have any doubts, this will ensure that you make a valid application within the meaning of Immigration Rules and to enable the highest possible success on your application.

UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent: What are the criteria?

First and foremost, you must have received your endorsement from a corresponding Designated Competent Body. Secondly, as stage 2 is an immigration application, you need to be cautious not to fall under any general grounds for refusal or be sure to address any sensitive issues guided by professional advice.

The general grounds for refusal cover a wide range of issues that the Home Office scrutinises for. If you have an adverse UK immigration history, for example, you have been refused Entry Clearance or Leave to Remain previously, you may want to seek legal advice to minimise the impact of those records against you in any further immigration application. If you have criminal convictions (spent or unspent) or have previously provided fraudulent documents with the intention to gain immigration advantage, you are highly recommended to seek professional legal advice as to how to tackle with these issues before you make any further immigration application.

Further, as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa is aimed to attract internationally recognised leaders or emerging leaders, you must be cautious that the Home Office will not refuse your application in light of you character, association or other reasons that may lead the Secretary of State to conclude that your presence in the UK will be conducive to the public good.

If you have any doubts about whether something will affect your immigration application, we strongly advise you to contact us for professional legal advice.

UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent: What are the outcomes?

If you are successful in both stage 1 and stage 2 of your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application, you may be granted up to 5 years and 4 months leave in the UK, depending on your personal circumstances. The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa has numerous benefits, you are allowed to work in the UK for an employer or as a director of a company or be self-employed; the possibilities are endless.

Furthermore, you if have lived in the UK continuously under this route for 5 years, you may be eligible to apply for settlement i.e. Indefinite Leave to Remain also. If you have Tier 1 (Entrepreneur), Tier 1 (Investor), or Tier 2 (General) leave prior to your Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) leave, you may be eligible to combine your qualifying length of continuous residence.

Settlement applications can be complicated and require strict specified evidence, we strongly recommend that you contact us to discuss your options if you are contemplating to lodge an application.

Successful Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa Applications

Obtaining recommendation letters and evidence for your stage 1 endorsement application can be a complicated and daunting process as the Home Office imposes strict criteria for each specified document. Further, compiling a strong immigration application requires a professional approach, such that your application would have a highest possibility of success. Our team of experienced lawyers will be able to guide you through the process step by step.

If you are interested in applying under this route, our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through the process of making a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application. 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.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our legal case assessment form and we will get in touch or call us now on 0845 8622 529 for a free telephone assessment and free case assessment.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

If you need professional legal advice about applying for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, please contact us for a case assessment on 02071830570. You can also reach us via our contact form

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