On 15 November 2017, the Home Office announced that increased number of visas will be made available to leading figures and individuals who show promise in technology, science, art and creative industries.
As part of its ongoing commitment to welcome talented people from across the globe, and in recognition of the importance of these innovative industries to the UK, the number of visas available through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1,000 to 2,000 a year.
The Government believes that this will ensure that more highly skilled people who enhance the UK’s economy can come to, and work in, this country.
The 2,000 visas will be made available to individuals who are recognised as existing global leaders or promising future leaders in the digital technology, science, arts and creative sectors by 1 of 5 UK endorsing organisations:
- Tech City UK
- Arts Council England
- The British Academy
- The Royal Society
- The Royal Academy of Engineering
The current allocations of the 1,000 visas – which are split between the 5 endorsing organisations – will remain and the additional places will be made available across all of the endorsing bodies dependent on need. The government is keen to ensure that all nations and regions of the UK benefit from this change. The Home Office will look at how it can work with organisations across the UK to ensure wider take up of these visas outside London.
This announcement is part of the government’s ongoing reforms to routes to the UK from outside the EU.