The British Government has decided to double the annual quota of visas under the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa route. The visa, which encourages applications from emerging or existing leaders in their fields, allows one of the most relaxed set of restrictions available. The changes are part of a move by the British Government to enhance the rights of talented immigrants thinking of moving to the UK.
The current quota of 1,000 visas has been doubled to 2,000 and is seen as a move by the British Government to improve the prospects of those with exceptional talent. It also serves to make the UK one of the world's most prominent destinations for talented individuals. The UK has always been a popular destination for talented immigrants and the UK wants to increase that.
The Government also changed the length of stay requirement for indefinite leave to remain on the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa. You can now qualify for indefinite leave to remain after just three years. This makes it a very exciting visa route for those who are looking to move to the UK long term. The Government took the surprising step of reducing the waiting time for indefinite leave to remain as part of its November changes to the scheme.
One of the other benefits of the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa Route is that it can be switched to from Tier 1, Tier 2 and some Tier 5 visas. With the enhanced rights of the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa, it will be worthwhile switching to if you are able to.
Another excellent benefit of the scheme is that partners and children can accompany the applicant and work without restriction. There is also no restriction on the applicant themselves for work either, unlike some other routes.
You need to apply as a leader or an emerging leader in your field. The fields are science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology and arts.
There are five endorsing organisations in digital technology, arts, science and creative sectors. The additional visas will be available to all of these bodies.
You must be recognised by a competent body, these are as below
The Arts Council England.
The British Academy (For humanities and social science)
The Royal Society (for natural sciences and medical research)
The Royal Academy of Engineering
Tech City UK
Should you qualify, you will then need to make a visa application. You should also be aware that the usual English language requirement is not part of the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa requirements.
If you want to know more about the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa, or you have any other query related to visas or immigration then get in touch. Our specialist immigration solicitors can help give you advice and support that is tailored to your individual situation.