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New Exceptional Talent Program for UK

All the countries in the world keep their doors open to the exceptionally talented people, irrespective of their country of origin, and the UK is no different. Though there is no limit on the student visa set by the UK government, an annual limit of 1000 has been set for these kinds of visa. This scheme aims to attract people from across the world who have done exceptional work in the field of arts, science or humanities and wish to continue their work upon migrating to the UK.

In order to be considered under this scheme, the applicant’s work must be recognized internationally and he or she must have the potential to become a global leader in the years to come in the area of his or her expertise. There are certain perquisites which you need to fulfill in order to be eligible for this scheme. Here they are –

  • Your skill or work in your field must be endorsed by a recognized authority of that field
  • Your previous work need not be mandatorily in the English language. In fact, to migrate to the UK under this program, there are no English requirements for the applicant
  • The Government reserves the right to disapprove or void the application despite fulfilling all the said eligibility criteria
  • The applicant, in order to be inducted to the UK under this scheme, must be financially active and must not expect the government of the UK to bear his or her expenses of living in the UK
  • A minimum education qualification of intermediate level has been put forward by the UK government in order to the eligible under this scheme.
  • A residence permit of 3 years 4 months is granted to the applicant under this scheme if he or she fulfills all the requirements. Also, this period can be further extended by 2 years, provided that he or she fulfills all the requirements.
  • The applicant inducted under this scheme may qualify for the ILR post a period of 5 years
  • The applicant is also free to bring his or spouse and dependent children to the UK provided that he or she can support them financially from his or her own pocket.

If wish to apply for this visa, here are a few things that you need to keep in your mind –

  • It is a 2 stage process and you would first need to apply to the Home Officer to get endorsed as a leader of your chosen field.
  • You can apply for the visa once you get an endorsement from the Home Officer
  • Post getting the endorsement, the earliest that you can apply for this visa is 3 months in advance to the date you wish to arrive in the UK
  • It usually takes 3 weeks of time for the decision on your visa application to arrive.
  • There are separate fee charged for each of the 2 stages. The fee for the first stage is £ This endorsement fee is not refunded in case your visa application is rejected.