The Government today unveiled its plans to attract the brightest and the best in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to the UK.

The new tier 1 (exceptional talent) route will be introduced on 9 August 2011. There is a limit of 1,000 places in the first year of operation and the number of places will be reviewed at the end of March 2012.

Individuals hoping to enter the UK through this new route will not need to be sponsored by an employer but they will need to have been recommended by a competent body.

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