Exceptional talent visa scheme gains traction

A scheme to attract technologically talented immigrants has started to take off.

Close up United Kingdom visa in passport

260 visas for exceptionally talented technologists were issued in the fiscal year to April 6th.

The visas allow the holder to stay in the UK for five years and then apply to settle here if they want to.

In the previous FY less than 65 ‘Tier 1 Exceptional Talent’ visas were issued.

The scheme was started in 2014.

In the last FY there were 380 applicants for the visas which are reviewed by a government organisation called Tech City UK.

The visas can be applied for here: https://www.gov.uk/tier-1-exceptional-talent/overview


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