Read the full guidance before you apply.

You have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

Apply outside the UK

You can apply online for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa (unless you’re applying from North Korea).

You can also apply at a visa application centre if:

  • the UK embassy or consulate accepts Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa applications
  • you’ve been given permission to live in the country you’re applying from for at least 6 months

You need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application.

You have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).

You may be able to get your visa faster or get other services depending on what country you’re in - check with your visa application centre.

North Korea

You can not apply online if you’re living in North Korea.

To apply from North Korea you must:

Apply in the UK

You may be able to switch to this visa if you’re already in the UK. You can apply to extend your existing visa from inside or outside the UK.

How long it takes

You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.

Check the visa processing times in your country to see how long it can take.