Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is the UKBA’s visa route for exceptionally talented migrants (link is external) in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts, who wish to work in the UK. These individuals are those who are already internationally recognised at the highest level as world leaders in their particular field or who have already demonstrated exceptional promise in the fields of science, humanities and engineering and are likely to become world leaders in their particular area.

How we can help you with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application?

We can help with your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and queries. Our expert team of solicitors and barristers can assist you with the preparation of your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and ensure that you meet with all the requirements of the relevant Immigration Rules, we will ensure that all key points are substantiated with documentary evidence thereby leading to a successful Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application and avoiding unnecessary expense of resubmitting your application to the Home Office.

Qualifying criteria for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Migrants can apply for entry clearance to the UK under this Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route or they can switch from a Tier 2 Migrant visa or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Migrant visa whilst in the UK.

Although you do not need to be sponsored by an employer, your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application must be endorsed (i.e. verification that the UK Border Agency trusts and can identify an applicant as being a world leader in their particular field) by a ‘Designated Competent Body’ who will advise the Home Office whether you meet the criteria it has set for “exceptional talent.”

The Designated Competent Bodies recognised by the Home Office are as follows:


Documents you must provide for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

When you apply for your Tier 1 exceptional talent visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • a printed copy of your endorsement letter
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
  • You need a page in your passport that’s blank on both sides for your visa.
  • You need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.
  • You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.


UK Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): the Limit

The total number of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas available will be limited to 1000 between 6 April 2013 and 5 April 2014. The 1000 available visas will be split across two phases; there will be 500 visas available during the first phase (6 April 2013 – to 30 September 2013) and a further 500 available during the second phase (1 October 2013 to 5 April 2014).

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Conditions

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa should follow these conditions:

  • The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa will allow a highly skilled immigrant to live and work in the UK for an initial period of 3 years and 4 months.
  • An Exceptional Talent visa holder would be able to extend his or her stay in the UK for an additional period of two years.
  • After five years in the UK, you can apply for settlement (permanent residency).

Need legal advice in relation to your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa?

We are a UK Solicitors law firm and are fully authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority(link is external) (SRA) and as a professional law firm are completely exempt from requiring authorisation by the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner(link is external) (OISC). Many businesses offering immigration services are only OISC regulated and as such are not professional legal organisations such as Solicitors firms or Barristers’ chambers. OISC businesses are not allowed to do legal work before the Courts such as Judicial Review or statutory challenges of Home Office decisions. Also as a professional organisation, our policy is not to employ sales staff to give you “advice” (all our telephone consultations are handled by lawyers). We are often instructed at immigration appeal stages in cases that ‘immigration businesses’ have dealt with and which were clearly hopeless applications at the outset. When you instruct us, qualified immigration solicitors or immigration barristers work on your case from the outset when it matters the most in order to ensure no time and money is wasted and more importantly that no mistakes are made.

Expert Immigration

As a law firm with a track record of success, you can be assured your immigration matter is in safe hands and that the best strategy for your case will be adopted. It is crucial that you seek specialist legal advice at the outset and prior to making any type of immigration application. We can assist you with your applications for any type of Visa including Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa or permit and any form of leave to remain (or for entry clearance) under the points-based system. We ensure our clients comply with the Immigration Rules and the strict requirements of the UKBA prior to making a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application, thereby eliminating much of the stress of the application process.

Contact us for successful Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applications

Our team of experienced and professionally qualified solicitors and barristers will be able to guide you through Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa process step by step and limit the possibility of failure by complying with the strict letter of the law. Please always call us for a telephone consultation even if you wish to consider other advisers.

Our Immigration Experts are able to give specialist legal information and advice in this area of law. To contact one of our Immigration Solicitors or Immigration Barristers please complete our online Enquiry form and we will get in touch or call us now on 01206500181