Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

Government doubles exceptional talent visa offer

10:01, 17th November 2017

Double the number of visas will be made available to individuals who show promise in technology, science, art and creative industries.

The announcement is part of the government’s reforms to routes into the UK from outside the European Union.

The number of visas available through the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route is increasing from 1,000 to 2,000 a year.

These 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 one of five UK endorsing organisations, including Arts Council England, Tech City UK and the Royal Society.

The current allocations of the 1,000 visas will remain, and the additional places will be made available across all of the endorsing bodies according to need.

Home secretary Amber Rudd said: ‘The UK’s innovative industries, including the thriving digital technology sector, are at the centre of our industrial strategy, and making sure that businesses in these fields have access to exceptional talent from across the world is vitally important.’


The Home Office said it was looking at how it could best work with organisations across the UK to ensure wider take-up of these visas outside London.

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