London Solicitor Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)
There are specific rules for applying for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
This route is for those individuals who are exceptionally talented in their particular field. You will be internationally recognised at the highest level as a world leader, or who have already demonstrated exceptional promise and are likely to become a world leader in your particular area.
There is a limit (presently 1000) of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas approved annually, and in order to obtain such a visa you must be endorsed by one of the five ‘Designated Competent Bodies’ namely:
- The Arts Council
- The British Academy
- The Royal Society
- The Royal Academy of Engineering
- Tech City UK
To apply you must also be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.
This application is points based and has very stringent requirements which must be met. You will require 75 points for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) application to be successful.
There is a 2‐stage application process to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa:
- First, you first need to apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your particular field. The application form for endorsement as at the following link, and you will also need to complete an additional form which is relevant to your field;
- Then, once you have been endorsed, you can apply for the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
Please note that you will also need to pay the medical surcharge as part of an application for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.
If successful, you can stay in the UK for a period not exceeding 5 years and 4 months. You can apply to extend this visa for 5 more years. The following requirements will apply:
- the organisation that endorsed you has not withdrawn its approval;
- you can provide evidence that you’re currently working in your expert field.
There may be further requirements to meet depending on your specific circumstances.
Please call us for more information and/or advice on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email to see how we can help you.
At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, our Immigration Solicitors are passionate about the work they do on behalf of their clients. They are able to deal with a wide range of matters concerning Tier 1 based categories. Whether it is an application for entry clearance or leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain, our Immigration Solicitors can help you.
Our Immigration Solicitors have the experience and expertise to handle any applications concerning Tier 1 based categories. At MFI Law Limited Solicitors, we will endeavour to ensure that your application is prepared carefully in accordance with the relevant Immigration laws including Appendix FM and that is submitted to the Home Office in a timely manner.
How we can help you
For a majority of our immigration matters, we charge a fixed fee.
It is our usual practice to require any fees that are payable for work to be done on your behalf to be paid in advance before any work is carried out. This means that you must pay before any work is started, including applications that need to be submitted to the Home Office or for any appeals that need to be lodged with the First‐tier Tribunal.
However, we do understand that not everyone will be able to pay in this manner. That is why we offer flexible payment options for individual clients.
For a confidential consultation to speak with us about how we can help you about your immigration matter, please call us on 020 8004 9199 / 0208 679 5100 or alternatively, on 07724 513 822 or send us an email.
We are happy to discuss your immigration matter with you over the telephone initially so that you can decide before what you want to do or how you wish to proceed. If you are interested in seeking more information and/or advice and want to see us for an appointment in person, we ask for an initial payment on account of £150.00 to be made in advance to us after which an appointment is arranged with one of our Immigration Solicitors.
If you do instruct us and proceed ahead with the making of any application or appeal, this initial payment will be taken off the cost of the matter that we deal with on your behalf. However, in the event that you do not proceed and instruct us on any matter, then the initial payment will cover the cost of the appointment and will be non‐refundable.