There are other immigration routes available for highly valued migrants. These include the Tier 1 (exceptional talent) visa. This category was introduced for those who are world leaders or show exceptional promise in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts. More recently Tech City was added as another endorsing body to cater for world leaders in the tech sector. The aim is to encourage and welcome the brightest and the best to the UK.
Despite the many benefits offered to migrants under this route, it is still one of the most underused categories with only 10 applications made last year.
In an effort to make this route even more attractive to migrants, the following changes are being introduced from 6 November:
- successful applicants will be granted a five year visa instead of a three year visa;
- the English language requirement is being removed for extension applications under this category; and
- minor changes are being made to the criteria applied by Designated Competent Bodies when considering endorsements for applicants.