If you are exceptionally skilled or talented in your particular field, you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. To qualify for this type of Tier 1 Visa, you must either be a recognized or emerging leader in Science, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, IT or the Arts. This type of visa grants more freedom than other work visas.

Holders can carry out paid and voluntary work, switch jobs and be self-employed without notifying the Home Office. This visa also allows you to travel abroad and bring dependents with you. Due to its competitive nature, this type of Tier 1 Visa is difficult to obtain. Our expert immigration lawyers can assist you with each stage of your inquiry and application process. They will ensure that your application meets the highest possible standard.

How can IAS help?

Our services span a number of different areas and are tailored to you. Your assigned lawyer will work with you to assess your eligibility for this visa type. They will then assist you with each stage of your application process if you choose to proceed. As part of the service, your lawyer will also write a detailed Letter of Representation.  This letter will recommend you as either an emerging or recognized leader by drawing on evidence and legal opinion.  Along with this, they will also liaise with your endorsement giver and the Home Office during your application process. Contact us on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form today to arrange your first consultation with one of our specialist lawyers.


What is the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa and what are the requirements?

To meet the requirements for an Exceptional Talent Visa, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be endorsed for your talent and ability by an official institution
  • Be recognized as having exceptional talent in your field. This field can be: Science, Humanities, Engineering, Medicine, Digital Technology or the Arts
  • Be a recognized leader/emerging leader in this field

Can I apply for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa extension?

You can apply for an extension to this visa if you are still working in your field of expertise and endorsed by a regulated institution.

You can make an application for an extension by postal or with the premium service.

It should take around eight weeks for a decision to be reached on your extension if you are applying from within the UK.  It will usually take three weeks if you are applying from outside.

Is there a separate UK Artist Visa?

No, there is no separate UK Artist Visa. You can apply for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa as an artist, provided you are a leading talent in your area.

This includes if you are an exceptionally talented dancer, actor or musician.

What services does IAS offer?

Our specialist immigration advisers can guide you through the process of applying for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

With IAS, you will be paired with one of our lawyers. They will work one-on-one with you, taking into account your personal circumstances.

Your lawyer will:

  • Assess your eligibility for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa;
  • . Consider alternative routes where necessary;
  • Spot and resolve any issues or shortcomings in your supporting evidence;
  • Gather and organize your supporting evidence into an extensive application portfolio. This makes your application presentable and navigable for the Home Office;
  • Write a detailed Letter of Representation which will plead your case to the Home Office;
  • Liaise with the Home Office about your application where appropriate.

Get in touch on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to speak with one of our lawyers about a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Our Exceptional Talent Visa Packages

Advice Package

Comprehensive immigration advice tailored to you, with written confirmation


Application Package

Full assistance throughout your entire application process


Fast Track Package

A premium service which allows your application to take priority position in your lawyer's workload


Appeal Package

Full representation through your appeal, including physical representation if your case is heard by a tribunal


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