The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category of the Points Based System is a visa for people from outside Europe who are internationally recognised as world leaders in science, humanities, engineering and the arts who want work in the UK.  

While the threshold or standard of criteria to be met to qualify under this category may be high, the benefit is that applicants who can show genuine expertise in their field to a level recognised internationally will not need a sponsor.

There is also some flexibility for applicants who are at an earlier stage in their careers to apply if they can show the potential to become a world leader in their sector.

For a detailed summary of the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route please download our factsheet here.