Increase in Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas

On 7 December 2017, the UK government made some changes to the Immigration Rules. One of these changes was to double the amount of places available annually for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa from 1,000 places to 2,000 places.

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16/01/2018

On 7 December 2017, the UK government made some changes to the Immigration Rules. One of these changes was to double the amount of places available annually for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa from 1,000 places to 2,000 places.

Presently, the initial allocation of 1,000 places will remain to be allocated between 5 different Designated Competent Bodies (DCBs) that are required to endorse an individual in order for them to be eligible to apply for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. The remaining 1,000 places will remain unallocated and will be made available on a first come first serve basis to the Designated Competent Bodies once they have used their initial allocation.

One sector that this could benefit in the United Kingdom is the technology sector. At present, an endorsement would be required from Tech City UK through their Tech Nation visa scheme. Their guidelines and criteria on endorsement can be found here

However, it is still worth noting that the threshold for endorsement can be particularly high in that an individual must be able to demonstrate to the endorsing body that they have the potential to become a world leader in their particular field. Usually applicants who choose to apply for endorsement under the exceptional promise criteria are at the start of their careers and they will need to show their potential to become a world leader through their skills and achievements to date.

Full details of the changes to the Immigration Rules can be found here