The new Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will be open to applicants based outside the UK from 09 August 2011.
This category is aimed at the world’s most talented leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to come to the UK.
This new category will only apply to migrants who are internationally established or have potential to be leaders in their respective fields.
There will be 1,000 places available within the first 12 months. However, only 500 places will be available between the 09 August 2011 and 30 November 2011 with a further 500 places available from the 01 December 2011 to 31 March 2012.
The UK Border Agency will be advised by internationally renowned competent bodies to ensure that the exceptionally talented migrants are the brightest and best in their fields;
- The Royal Society, an organisation of the world’s most distinguished scientists will have 300 places.
- Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts will have 300 places.
- The Royal Academy of Engineering, Britain’s national academy for engineering will have 200 places.
- The British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences will have 200 places.
Migrants on the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) category will initially be granted permission to stay for 3 years and 4 months. They will then be able to extend their stay for a further 2 years and settlement may be available after 5 years residence in the UK.