It is a new fast-track visa offer with the focus on recruiting new talent into the STEM sector in order to cement the UK as a science superpower. The re-branding of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route is to demonstrate the UK government’s desire to attract global talent. The Home Office will launch a new fast-track immigration offer for selected individuals with skills in science, technology or engineering, building on the existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route.
If eligible, the new scheme will provide you with a three-year visa, during which you can come & go from the UK. At the end of three years, you would then be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain, thereby giving you a permanent right to reside in the UK. You would also be able to have access to benefits & healthcare just like any other British citizen.
The fact that there will not be a minimum salary requirement, you will not need to secure a job before arriving in the UK. This makes it an easier visa entry route into the UK in comparison with other visas like the existing:
- 1. Tier 2 route for skilled workers
- 2. Start-up visa
This initiative will ensure that those with specialist skills in STEM subjects can come to the UK & make an important contribution to our leading science and research sector, allowing the government to significantly enhance the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK.