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Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is for people 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.

Limit on Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Applications

The UK government has limited the number of applications that can be made under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent).

Every initial application must be endorsed by a ‘designated competent body’. There is a limit of 1,000 endorsements between 6 April 2013 and 5 April 2014. The total will be divided between the designated competent bodies as follows:

Designated competent body Total endorsements Until 30 September 2013 From 1 October 2013 to 5 April 2014
Royal Society 300 150 150
Arts Council England 300 150 150
British Academy 200 100 100
Royal Academy of Engineering 200 100 100

Eligibility Criteria

You will score 75 points if you have an endorsement from a ‘designated competent body’. This is an organisation that can judge whether you are internationally recognised in your field as a world-leading talent, or have demonstrated exceptional promise and are likely to become a world-leading talent.

For your application to be successful, you must score a total of 75 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules

  • Endorsed by Designated Competent Body according to that Body’s criteria
75 points

Extension

For your application to be successful, you must score a total of 95 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules

The applicant must have earned money in the UK as a result of employment or self employment in their expert field as previously endorsed by a Designated Competent Body, and that Designated Competent Body has not withdrawn its endorsement of the applicant. 75 points
English language requirement

  • Be a national of a majority English speaking country; or
  • Pass an English language test detailed in this guidance; or
  • Hold a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree
10 points

 
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