The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route is for exceptionally talented individuals in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, the arts and digital technology. The UK government recognises that this route is for those who are internationally recognised at the highest level in their particular field and therefore they should have few restrictions on their economic activity whilst they are in the UK.
Our expert team of immigration lawyers are proud to be represented by talented individuals who have obtained an endorsement from one of the 5 Designated Competent Bodies and who then wish to apply for a visa.
Exceptional Talent Endorsement from a Designated Competent Body
There are two stages to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent application. In order to apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, Applicants must first be endorsed by the relevant Designated Competent Body who will assess whether the Applicant possesses the skills, abilities and achievements that demonstrate they are a leader (for exceptional talent applications) or an emerging leader (for exceptional promise applications) in their field. Applicants must be endorsed by one of the five bodies:
- Arts Council England – for arts and 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; and
- Tech City UK – for digital technology applications.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is subject to a limit of 1,000 endorsements in total per year.
Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) was introduced by the Home Office on 6 April 2015 and applies to temporary, non-EEA migrants who are coming to the UK for more than 6 months. Payment for IHS is collected by the Home Office and goes directly to the National Health Service (NHS).
If instructed, our team of expert lawyers can consider whether you will need to pay the IHS. If you wish to consider your options, please contact our team today and arrange a meeting with a qualified immigration solicitor who can advise you of your options.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Lawyers
If you are a migrant who has demonstrated exceptional promise in the fields mentioned above and you wish to apply for a visa which will allow you to stay in the UK for 5 years, contact our expert immigration team so we can explore your options with you.
Once we have taken your instructions, we can assist you in the preparation of your visa application and advise you of the documentary evidence required to be submitted with the application. Our expert team have previously been instructed by talented migrants to apply for the Exceptional Talent visa and are well versed in the immigration rules and the Home Office’s supplementary guidance to prepare and submit a properly executed application.
We are a UK law firm based in Middle Temple, London and our solicitors are fully authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). Contact our professional personal immigration team today and we can offer you a consultation in person or via telephone or Skype so we can explore your options. You can leave us a message on our Contact Form or give us a call on 02071830570.