21 November 2017
The United Kingdom Home Office has announced that the number of visas available annually through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route is increasing from 1000 to 2000. Tier 1 visas are available to nationals of non-European Economic Area (EEA) countries who are recognized as global leaders or promising future leaders in the fields of digital technology, science, arts, and other creative fields by one of five UK endorsing organizations. Those five organizations are Tech City UK, Arts Council England, the British Academy, the Royal Society, and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
The current allocation of 1000 visas – which is split between the five endorsing organizations – will remain. However, an additional 1000 visas will now be made available across all five endorsing bodies and allocated based on need. Non-EEA nationals of exceptional talent potentially eligible under the Tier 1 category should consult an immigration specialist to assess whether they may qualify for one of these additional opportunities.