Exceptional Talent Visa - Tier 1

United Kingdom
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Foreigners can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if they work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as:

  • a recognised leader (exceptional talent)

  • an emerging leader (exceptional promise)

To get a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, you need to be endorsed as a leader (exceptional talent) or emerging leader (exceptional promise) in one of the following fields:

  • science

  • engineering

  • humanities

  • medicine

  • digital technology

  • the arts

  • fashion

  • architecture

  • film and television

How to get endorsed

You can apply online to get endorsed.

Note: If you’re a digital technology specialist you’ll also need to apply for a Tech Nation Visa endorsement.

You may get a faster decision if you’re a digital technology specialist and one of the following applies:

  • you’ve been accepted onto a recognised UK accelerator programme.

  • you’re part of a senior management team that has experience in building and expanding digital technology business.

  • you plan to work and live outside of Greater London.

You may also get a faster decision if you either:

  • hold an approved peer-reviewed fellowship.

  • are a senior academic or senior researcher at a UK university, college or research institute - check with your employer whether your role is eligible.

You can bring your spouse and kids along.

The processing time of Exceptional Talent visa (Tier 1) is normally 3 months.



60 months



72 Month(s)


P. Residency

60 Month(s)


Processing time

8-12 weeks

What are eligibility requirements for the Exceptional Talent Visa - Tier 1?

5 Eligibility Requirements

  • You need to be working in qualifying filed.
  • You need to be endorsed as a recognized leader (exceptional talent) or as an emerging leader (exceptional promise).
  • You need a current passport or other valid travel identification.
  • You should be of good health.
  • You need to pay the visa fee.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Exceptional Talent Visa - Tier 1?

4 Document Required

  • Copies of valid passport (like the bio page, past visas, etc.).
  • A printed copy of your endorsement letter.
  • Copies of tuberculosis test results (if applicable).
  • You may be asked for additional documents depending on your nationality.

Talent Migration data for United Kingdom

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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