Exceptional Talent Visa


This route is for highly skilled individuals in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, the arts and digital technology who will enrich the United Kingdom’s knowledge economy and cultural life.
  If you qualify, the route allows you to work and change employers, or to be self-employed, without the need for further authorisation or to be sponsored for employment in a specific post. You may qualify under this route if you are already internationally recognised as having made significant contributions as a leader in your field, or you have already demonstrated potential to contribute significantly as a future leader in your field.

You can choose how much leave to apply for, up to a maximum of 5 years (5 years 4 months if obtaining Entry Clearance) in each grant. You can subsequently apply to extend your leave if you require further limited leave in the United Kingdom.

You can do the following work:

  • work as self employed/contracted/employed;
  • work in any sector
  • work for any employer and move between employers without any additional approval from the Home Office
  • take up employment at any level However, you cannot:
  • work as a Doctor or Dentist in Training; or
  • as a professional sportsperson/sports coach.
    You can switch into Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) if you have leave in the following categories:
  • Any Tier 1 route;
  • Any Tier 2 route; or
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker)
There is no requirement to speak English at either the initial stage or when applying for an extension of limited leave to remain. However, you will need to demonstrate your level of English to qualify for settlement.

This route will lead to settlement.  The qualifying period depends on whether you are granted under either the exceptional talent (3 years) or exceptional promise (5 years) criteria.  The period must be continuous though some absences are allowed.

Please contact us for further information and assistance.