The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route was developed for those in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts, and continues the UK’s long history of welcoming and nurturing global talent.
The route ensures that industry and academia can bring in exceptional people from across the globe, and is more flexible than other options. Spaces are still available to exceptionally talented individuals.
Hugo Desmarias, a Canadian circus artist, has worked for different companies internationally. He chose to live and work in the UK because of its ‘great appreciation of the arts’. He says the Tier 1 application process is less complex and more flexible than in many other countries: ‘there’s even a section for fire breathers’, he told the Stage magazine in a recent interview.
Sarah Ndgaire is a Ugandan musician who qualified for the route and says the UK was ‘the perfect place as it boasts so many of the world’s cultures’.
Elif Shafak an acclaimed Turkish author says route is ‘a great door for creative people, writers, musicians, film directors, and artists’.
There are 1,000 places each year available under this route, overseen by four world-renowned bodies who endorse applications: The Royal Society; the Arts Council England: the Royal Academy of Engineering; and the British Academy.