To get a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, you need to be endorsed as a leader or emerging leader 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
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 and the additional guidance for applicants in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine and digital technology.
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.