Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is for individuals who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent in the fields of science and the arts, and who wish to work in the UK. It is a point points based system and is split into five tiers. Points are awarded for different attributes (for example, your qualifications, age, previous earnings, English language skills, employment status and source of funds). You will need a certain number of points depending on the tier under which you apply.
The Tier 1 Exceptional visa is a point based system entry route for individuals who are recognised globally as leaders in their fields and/or they possess exceptional world class talent in the fields of science and the arts. Please note that this route is for individuals who would normally need a visa to live and work in the UK and must have had endorsement from a recognised institution.
The Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa is quite different from the Tier 2 work visa and it comes with some additional benefits when compared with the Tier 2 work visa. Importantly, it allows for more flexibility between jobs, locations and institutions. The tier 2 work visa tends to restrict the Tier 2 migrant to a particular job and would even need the Tier 2 migrant to make a fresh application if they want to change jobs.
It is also important to note that the cost of applying the Exceptional talent visa is quite less, significantly, especially if you are comparing it to the Tier 2 work visa. It offers a flat rate and may even half the price of the entire cost of the Tier 2 visa.
The Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa also allows the holder the opportunity to collaborate with individuals and institutions in the country. It is important to note that holder would be eligible for settlement after 5 years in this category.
The application process for the Tier 1 Exceptional talent is divided into 2 viz: -
Prospective applicants would have to first and foremost be endorsed by a Designated Competent Body (DCB). The Home Office have authorised certain institutions to undertake the process of determining who meets the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa criteria. These bodies are referred to as Designated Competent Body, also referred to as DCBs
The following are the current DCBs
The following are the mandatory criteria for been endorsed as an exceptional talent under the Tier 1 Exceptional talent immigration route
Furthermore, it is also important that the applicant meet at least one of the following requirements
Exceptional promise typically refers to the applicant having a potential world class talent. The key word here is the potential. It is important to know the following:-
Please note that been endorsed is not the same thing as been granted a visa. Also, endorsement will in no way affect your current leave to remain if you are currently in the UK. You will still need to make a visa application after your endorsement
This is the second stage of the Tier 1 exceptional talent visa process. Having been endorsed, the applicant may then proceed to preparing his Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa application with the Home Office.
Applicants must score a total of 75 points if they wish to successfully make an application for a Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa.
|Endorsement by a Designated competent body||75 points|
Only holders of a valid leave to remain under the following visa categories are allowed to switch into the Tier 1 Exceptional talent route
The first step in the process of switching is to obtain a Unique Reference Number from the UKBA. The application must make a request to the UKBA for the URN; as well as stating the relevant Designated Competent Body that is endorsing the application.
It is important to note that the government have placed a limit on the number of places available per year under this route. A limit of 1000 places have been earmarked for this route. If an applicant receives his Unique Reference number from the Home Office, it is most likely that a place is available within the limits for the selected DCB.
Having received a Unique Reference number, the applicant may then proceed to putting together an application along with necessary supporting documents for submission. It is important to note that applications are to be submitted to the UKBA Visa Services and not to DCBs.
Applicants are advised to submit their application within 10 working days of the receipt of the Unique Reference number. Any application submitted after this period will be rejected.
The UK Border Agency will send the relevant documentation to your chosen Designated Competent Body who will advise the UK Border Agency whether you meet their endorsement criteria.
The UK Border Agency will then consider the application, taking into account whether the Designated Competent Body has endorsed you, make the decision and notify you of the result.
A refusal of an application for switching into Tier 1 Exceptional talent is challenged by way of appeal to the First Tier Tribunal within 10 working days of the date of receipt of the refusal letter. Upon successful application, the applicant is granted extension of stay as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant for 3 years.
In order to extend your stay under this immigration route, you will need to score at least 85 points.
|75 points||You are economically active in the same field for which you were originally endorsed by the Designated Competent Body. This can either be in employment, self-employment, or both. The Designated Competent Body must not have revoked its endorsement.|
|10 Points||English Language requirement|
Economic activeness is defined as
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