You can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if you’ve been endorsed in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts 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:

  • science
  • engineering
  • humanities
  • medicine
  • digital technology
  • the arts

Applying for your first Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa is a two stage process.

Stage 1: Exceptional Talent Endorsement By Designated Competent Bodies

At stage 1, one of five Designated Competent Bodies will advise the Home Office whether you meet its eligibility criteria and have reached the appropriate level to be endorsed under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).

The recognised Designated Competent Bodies are:

  • Arts Council England – for arts and culture applications;
  • The British Academy – for humanities and social science applications;
  • The Royal Society - for natural sciences and medical science research applications;
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering – for engineering applications; and
  • Tech City UK – for digital technology applications.

The criteria applied by each Designated Competent Body when deciding whether you show Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise appear in Appendix L of the Immigration Rules and the Home Office Policy Guidance. Each Designated Competent Body specifies the evidence you must send to demonstrate that you meet their criteria. Most Designated Competent Bodies have two sets of criteria:

  • Exceptional Talent criteria for applicants who have already demonstrated that they have made a significant contribution as a leader to their field; and
  • Exceptional Promise criteria for applicants who may be earlier in their careers but have already shown the potential to make significant contributions as a future leader in their field.

Tech City UK has a single set of criteria. Digital technology applicants who cannot meet the criteria, but have strong evidence to suggest their potential to do so in the future, may qualify for endorsement as Exceptional Promise candidates.

You can apply for endorsement either:

Some Designated Competent Bodies offer fast-track options for certain applicants.

You may travel while your application for endorsement (stage 1 application) is outstanding. You are not required to submit your passport at stage 1. If you’re a digital technology specialist you will also need to apply for a Tech Nation Visa Scheme endorsement. Once you have been endorsed, you can apply for the visa. If your application for endorsement has been refused by the Home Office, UKVI, you can request an endorsement review.

Stage 2: Entry Clearance Application For Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

After you have received an endorsement from the Designated Competent Body as a result of successful stage 1 application for endorsement, you can move onto stage 2 of the process. You must apply for your entry clearance as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent within 3 months of receiving your letter of endorsement from the Home Office, UKVI. You must submit your letter of endorsement in support of your application for entry clearance as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent. You may be able to submit your entry clearance application (stage 2) using a priority service or super priority service, depending on options available in the country where you apply.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Application?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with stage 1 and stage 2 applications as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent). The quality of our service is self-evident from clients' reviews about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your application for endorsement letter from the relevant Designated Competent Body (stage 1 application) and/or application for entry clearance as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent (stage 2 application) and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable, honest and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your stage 1 and/or stage 2 application as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for endorsement by the Designated Competent Body (stage 1 application) and by the Home Office in your entry clearance application (stage 2 application);
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your stage 1 and stage 2 applications as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your stage 1 and stage 2 applications as Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrant;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your stage 1 and stage 2 applications as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the relevant immigration form for stage 1 and stage 2 applications and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your stage 1 and stage 2 applications as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your stage 1 and stage 2 applications as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant;
  • Protecting your interests while your stage 1 and stage applications as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent are pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed on the progress on your applications;
  • Doing all the follow up work until decision is reached on your stage 1 and stage 2 applications;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your stage 1 application and stage 2 applications as well as advising next steps to be taken, as appropriate.

Our Fees For Stage 1 and Stage 2 Applications As Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant

  • We will charge you a fee from £2,000 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your stage 1 application for endorsement letter from the relevant Designated Competent Body. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • We will charge you a fee from £1,500 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services in relation to your stage 2 application for entry clearance for UK Visa as Tier 1 Exceptional Talent after you have been issued with endorsement letter by the relevant Designated Competent Body. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your matter, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and rest of the fee can be paid by monthly instalment.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on your stage 1 and/or stage 2 the application, as the case may be. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by the company on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office application fee, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

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