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08 December 2019

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Biometric Residence Permits to be introduced to visa applicants from abroad from March 2015 The Home Office has announced that United Kingdom entry clearance visas or entry clearance vignettes are soon...
The Migration Advisory Committte ("MAC") was commissioned by the Government in June 2015 to advise on changes to Tier 2 of the Points Based System and on 19 January 2016 MAC published its...
Changes to the Prevention of Illegal working checks announced Following a recent consultation on the prevention of illegal working, the Home Office has recently released a "Code of practice on...
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Tie 1 (Exceptional Talent)

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent

This category is for people who are recognised or have the potential to be recognised as leaders in the fields of science, engineering, humanities or the arts.  Every initial application must be endorsed by a 'designated competent body'. There is a limit of 1,000 endorsements in total each year begnning on 6 April and ending 5 April. 

Designated   competent body

Number of Places

The Royal Society


Arts Council England


The British Academy


The Royal Academy of Engineering


Tech City UK



The number of endorsements available will be divided between each of the designated competent bodies in that field, as agreed between the Home Secretary and those bodies.