2. Eligibility

To get a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, you need to be endorsed as a leader (exceptional talent) or emerging leader (exceptional promise) in:

  • science
  • engineering
  • humanities
  • medicine
  • 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.

Download and fill in the application for endorsement form and the additional form for your field.

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.