Requirements of UK PBS Tier-1 Exceptional Talent Visa

This post relates to the details of the requirements relating to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent covers the following topics:

  • Who Are Eligible to Apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent?
  • Two Stage Application Process for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent;
  • Permitted and Prohibited Activities- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent.

Who Are Eligible to Apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent?

Any applicant can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if he/she has been endorsed in the field of humanities, science, arts, engineering, medicine, or digital technology either as a recognised leader (exceptional talent) or an emerging leader (exceptional promise). The applicant must be from outside Switzerland and European Economic Area (EEA).

Two Stage Application Process for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

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The application process for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent comprises of Two Stages.

In the first stage, an applicant needs to apply to HM’s Home Office for an endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in his/her particular field.

In the second stage, i.e. after getting the endorsement of the Home Office, the candidates can apply for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Only a limited number of visas are available under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent. As many as, 500 places are released on 6 April and 1 October each year. Therefore, at the most, a total of 1,000 visas to the Main Applicants can be granted under this category each year.

Permitted and Prohibited Activities- Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa holders can do the following permitted activities in the UK:

  • the visa holders can work for any employer in the UK either as a director of a company or as a self-employed;
  • the migrants on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa can change jobs without informing Her Majesty’s Home Office in the UK;
  • can undertake voluntary work;
  • can travel abroad and return to the UK;
  • can bring his/her family members to the UK.

However, migrants on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa are not allowed to get public funds, work as a doctor or dentist in training, and work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.

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