Read the full guidance 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.
You can’t apply online if you’re living in North Korea.
To apply from North Korea you must:
- download the application form and guidance - read the guidance if you need help filling in the form
- read the instructions to find out where to take your completed form
Apply in 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.