TIER-1 Exceptional Talent

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TIER-1: Exceptional Talent

This section explains whether and how you can come to the UK under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) of the points-based system.

Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is for people who are internationally recognised as world leaders or potential world-leading talent in the fields of science and the arts, and who wish to work in the UK.

Before you apply, you must read the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) policy guidance, which you can find on the right side of this page. The policy guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules.


Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) is part of our points-based system, which is for migrants from outside Europe. You do not need to apply under the points-based system if:

You are a national of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland;

You are a British overseas territories citizen, unless you are from one of the sovereign base areas in Cyprus;

You are a Commonwealth citizen with permission to enter or stay in the UK because at least one of your grandparents was born here; or

You have no conditions or time limit attached to your stay.


The UK government has limited the number of applications that can be made under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent)

Every initial application must be endorsed by a ‘designated competent body’. There is a limit of 1,000 endorsements between 6 April 2012 and 5 April 2013.

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