To get a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, you need to be endorsed as a leader (exceptional talent) or emerging leader (exceptional promise) in:
- digital technology
- the arts
Your application for endorsement is considered by:
- Arts Council England
- British Academy
- Royal Academy of Engineering
- Royal Society
- Tech City UK (Tech Nation)
Read the eligibility and assessment criteria for your field before you apply.
How to get endorsed
You need to apply for endorsement using 2 forms.
Read the detailed guidance on filling in the application for endorsement form.
What happens next
If you’re successful you’ll receive an email from the Home Office with a copy of your endorsement letter. You’ll need these for your visa application.
You’ll usually get a decision on your endorsement application within 8 weeks.
You won’t automatically get a visa if you’ve been endorsed. If your application is turned down you can request an endorsement review.
You must apply for your visa within 3 months of receiving your letter of endorsement from the Home Office.