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Global Talent Visa Route

In an effort to bring about the new Immigration Rules after Brexit, the Prime Minister has announced the launch of the Global Talent visa route. This is basically a re-naming of the already existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise visa category with certain extensions to the rules. The new rules are to come into implementation on 20th February 2020.

What are the differences between Global Talent Visa & Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise visa?

The Global Talent visa has joined the UK Start-up Visa and UK Innovator visas. The Global Talent visa does not form a part of the points based system (PBS) category of visas, whereas the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa falls under the PBS category of visas.

Under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visas, the applicant is required to have obtained an endorsement from a ‘designated competent body’ basically there are a very limited number of these bodies which have been assigned as such under the Immigration Rules. Now, with the Global Talent visas these bodies have been re-named as endorsing bodies. However, the list of bodies performing the function remains the same barring one addition i.e. UKRI (UK Research and Innovation).

The Global Talent visa route offers an accelerated route to applicants applying in the fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering and Humanities. What does this mean?

This means that applicants would be qualified for automatic endorsement if:

  • They held a specific fellowship award (or held it within the 12 months directly prior to the date of application); or
  • They were appointed to eligible senior academic or research positions at UK higher education institutions or research institutes.
  • This includes academics, researchers, scientists, research engineers or other skilled research technology/methodology specialists who have a grant or award worth £30,000 or more, covering a minimum period of two years.

In addition, the applicants endorsed in the above mentioned fields (regardless of being granted leave under exceptional talent or exceptional promise) would be eligible to apply for settlement in the UK at the end of 3 years of being granted entry clearance, provided they satisfy the requirements of continuous stay.

Another important change brought along by the Global Talent visa category is that, for applicants who have been granted leave under this category for fields of Science, Medicine, Engineering and Humanities, their absences from the UK for the purposes of their research undertaking(s) would not count as absences for the purpose of applying for settlement in the UK.

Contrary to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa category which it is intended to replace, there is no limit on the number of talented people who could be granted leave under this category of visas.


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Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa Consultants in Bangalore

Are you a recognized leader in your field in Bangalore?

This is a specially designed route under the Points Based System for highly skilled individuals, who can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa if they have received an endorsement in their area of expertise in fields such as science, humanities, medicine, engineering, digital technology, arts and recently fashion designers were also added to the list.

Who can apply for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa?

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa if you have been endorsed in your field in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts as:

  • A recognized leader (exceptional talent)
  • An emerging leader (exceptional promise)

Exceptional Talent is a category which is for applicants who have already demonstrated that they have made a significant contribution as a leader in their field.

Exceptional Promise is a category which is for applicants who may be early in their careers but already have shown the potential to make significant contributions as a future leader in their field.

What do you need to know more about Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa?

  • Every initial application must be endorsed by a ‘designated competent body’ (which are prescribed by the Home Office).
  • It is a two-stage application process and the first one is the most important one, where you will have to obtain the endorsement from the designated bodies, which assess your skills, abilities and achievements. Once the endorsement is granted, you proceed to stage two, making application for the visa or further leave to remain in the UK.
  • You can invite your spouse / unmarried partner/ civil partner and children under the age of 18 years to join you as dependants. The dependants will be given full rights to work in the UK apart from working as a Trainee Doctor.
  • As per this visa, you are permitted to stay in the UK for a period of 5 years and 4 months if you are applying within the UK and if you are applying outside the UK, then you are permitted to stay for a period of 5 years.
  • After spending a continuous period of either 3 years (exceptional talent) or 5 years (exceptional promise) in the UK, you may be eligible to settle in the UK.

Why Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa?

This visa is different from most of the visas offered by the UK government. It is a very powerful visa and below are the benefits for you to consider this exciting visa opportunity.

  • Staggered application fees
  • Switch jobs without an approval of the Home Office
  • No sponsorship requirement
  • No funding requirement
  • Relaxed English language and maintenance requirements
  • Attainable extension requirements
  • Carry out voluntary work

How can SmartMove2UK help? your in getting Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa ?

We at The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration), have helped individuals meet their needs, including Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa applications. As the requirements of this visa category are highly prescriptive, we can guide you through the entire application process. We have experience and a proven track record in making successful applications. We also work with global partners to ensure the endorsement stage of your application is in good hands.

As a team of immigration lawyers who have been in the legal immigration business for over a decade, we have established reputation for efficient management for processing of visa applications and for providing expert visa-related advice. Here at Smart Move Immigration, we are dedicated to providing personalised services for people who are looking to migrate to the UK for various purposes on other UK Visas.

Besides Bangalore, we have our offices in Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh and London. However, we can also connect with you anywhere in the world telephonically or other web means.

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Tier 2 ICT to Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): The Smart Choice

Information Technology professionals are the largest group of Tier 2 Intra Company Transfer beneficiaries in the UK. Most large ITES employers [Infosys, Wipro, Tech Mahindra, TCS to name a few} prefer this route to bring in workers to the UK to on client projects.

One of the biggest challenges that the ICT visa holders face is when they are required to return to their home country either at the end of the project or at end of maximum validity of their visa.

Some of the options available for ICT visa holders are:

  • Switch to dependent visa – if their partner is eligible to apply to apply for another category of visa
  • Explore the Tier 1 category of visas – i.e. Investor, Entrepreneur or exceptional talent.

The general perception is that Tier 1 Exceptional Talent can be an ‘exceptionally’ hard visa to qualify for – however it is possible for Information Technology professionals to explore this option.

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is officially described by the British government as a unique chance for talents to come and work in the UK who are eminent figures in fields like science, humanities, engineering, digital technology, medicine, arts and fashion.

As per Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route, you must be able to demonstrate that:

  • you are a recognised leader in your field or;
  • you are an emerging leader in your field.

The UK Immigration rules presently have discretionary criteria to define what constitutes the eminence.

So if you are working in IT and have a degree in Information Technology and are able to evidence an excellent employment profile in terms of projects that you have worked on and have diversity in terms of programming languages and its even not necessary for you to be working in cutting edge fields like machine learning and artificial intelligence.

It is pertinent to note that Tier 1 Exceptional Visa has no financial requirements to be met with and for highly qualified professionals it is easier to demonstrate that they meet the English language requirement and provide testimonials of work done and their professional achievements.
Also, the Home Office has relatively increased the potential number of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas recently.

How the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa works?

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa, as the name suggests, is aimed at those who are considered to be exceptionally talented and actually stand out in the fields mentioned above. If you qualify under this particular visa, a person may be employed or self-employed, work for any employer and move between employers without any additional approval from the Home Office and take up employment in any sector at any level.

You can switch into Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) if you have leave in the following categories:

If you hold leave in any other category, you should leave the UK and apply for entry clearance.

How long you can stay in the UK after getting Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa?

You can stay in the UK for up to 5 years and 4 months if you apply outside the UK and 5 years if you apply inside the UK. If you wish to extend your leave or apply for settlement, you will be needed to demonstrate that you have worked exceptionally well in your respective field of specialty.
Dependents may also accompany the applicant as long as they meet the relevant requirements and may continue to reside till the applicant remains eligible under this particular criteria.

With an increasing number of migrants in UK on Tier 2 Intra company transfer who may be finding themselves in tough spots with regard to their careers; no scope for growth, no permission to switch companies, among other hassles- this is surely an option worth exploring to see if you have eligibility for the same.

Switching from a Tier 2 Work Visa to a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa might be a viable option for many who are currently struggling with their careers on the Tier 2 Visa.
Just have a look at the success rates for both the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent as well as the Exceptional promise visas in the graphic below:

Tier 2 ICT to Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) success rate

Smart Assistance for Smart Ambitions

The SmartMove2UK (a unit of Smart Move Immigration) works to ensure that your application has the highest probability of success if you are eligible for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, in association with T1 Digital.

If you are considering to switch from a Tier 2 ICT to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, and belong to the digital technology industry (graphic designer, web designer, SEO expert, amongst others), then the first thing you need to do is to arrange for consultation with our UK Immigration experts to explore your eligibility to apply for Tier 1 exceptional talent.

For any other UK Immigration/Visas related queries, fill out the form on the right-hand side of the screen and one of our experts will get back to you with your answers!

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Home Office considers tax corrections a threat to national security

The grounds of UK Parliament were scenes to protests by several hundred highly skilled migrants from South Asia – professionals ranging from IT Consultants to health professionals were protesting against long delays in decisions on their applications for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK as well having their applications turned down under Section 322 (5) of the UK immigration rules which branded them as “threats to national security” because of mistakes on their tax returns.

The initiative is led by “The Highly Skilled Migrants group”, formed as a result of various social media interactions, which has raised £25,000 through private donations and is now working on launching a crowd-funding initiative to be able to sustain any legal challenge that may be required against the UK Home Office. Similarly, London NGO Migrants’ Rights Network plans to intervene in the high court case as a third party to demonstrate the level of public interest.

The Home Office meanwhile claims it is committed to resolving all visa applications as quickly as possible and that significant numbers of Tier 1 applicants have reported different figures to them and the UK tax department (HMRC) in order to alter their tax liabilities or meet the requirements of the immigration rules, or both. The British government claims that where there has been clear evidence that applicants have lied on their visa forms, the courts have upheld refusal decisions in most cases when these decisions are challenged.

At the Smartmove2UK we see similar instances where entry clearance applications are refused on the grounds of incorrect or inadequate information being provided by UK visa applicants to the Home Office. In certain cases, applicants may even be served with a country ban for up to 10 years for misrepresenting facts on their visa applications, do not let your UK visa application suffer due to incorrect information or inadequate representation of facts.

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9 Year Old Chess Prodigy Forced to Leave the UK

In an interesting story, 9-year old Indian chess prodigy Shreyas Royal will be forced to leave UK following the expiry of his father’s UK work visa. Little Shreyas has proven himself over the last 3 years to possess a level of talent in Chess that Britain has rarely seen before, and could be an asset to the nation in the years to come.

And that is exactly what the parents of Shreyas Royal are trying to convince the Home office of in their bid to achieve an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).

This can be considered to be one of those instances where immigration law of the UK might seem a little murky. Shreyas was only three years old when he moved to the UK with his parents, meaning he has his roots firmly established in the UK. There is no doubt that he would struggle with his chess career and his education should he be forced to move back to India after developing such a strong presence on the British chess scene.

According to Royal’s coach Julian Simpole (who coached 2 English Grand Masters), “He pretty much wins every competition he’s in”, referring to Shreyas’s three year old career in the professional circuit. Shreyas has won numerous trophies and medals and spends most of his time touring the country for various tournaments.

The irony is that UK Immigration rules have a visa category called Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, under which there is an ‘exceptional promise’ subcategory. The exceptional promise provision in the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is for those individuals who are predicted (and hence endorsed) to be exceptionally successful in their respective fields in the years to come, adding major value to the nation’s progress in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts.

This highlights that the UK government is in favor of nurturing talented individuals from other countries. If this is the case, then why is the UK choosing to get rid of an exceptionally talented individual who she has come across by fate; why is Shreyas Royal not being allowed to stay?

According to our experts at The SmartMove2UK, Shreyas’s application for settlement in the UK should be considered extremely favorably by the Home Office. Not only do we believe this because he would be a national asset to the country should his exceptional skills and dedication be nurtured in the right direction, but also because a child having spent such a crucial part of his childhood in one country, should not be forced to move to another country on simply humanitarian grounds.

What will the verdict of the Home Office actually be regarding little Shreyas and his family?

We will root for the little guy [literally]!!

If you are or know someone with an exceptional talent, looking to expand their horizons to the UK, feel free to contact our UK immigration experts at The SmartMove2UK to evaluate the merits of the application for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

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UK announces new visa scheme to attract top tech talent

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa scheme, known as the Tech Nation Visa, set up by Tech City UK, aims to bring in digital skills from beyond the European Union’s borders to meet the demand for skills in the short term, while the introduction of coding in schools and various other digital skills initiatives will close the gap in the long term.

A new Tech Nation Visa Scheme has been announced to ensure the digital business community has the sufficient routes to attract overseas talent.

The scheme, announced by Tech City UK, one of five Designated Competent Bodies appointed by the Home Office to review applications from individuals wishing to enter the country under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route, introduces four new qualifying criteria for visa applications.

  • The first deals with situations where companies need to scale-up very quickly and aims to enable rapidly growing companies can access the right talent at the right time.
  • The second concerns individuals who display “exceptional promise,” a criterion that aims to open the route to a broader base of aspiring talent from outside the EU. This provision will facilitate companies in recruiting the highly skilled individuals needed to fill specific talent gaps.
  • The third criterion focuses on the cities of the North of England. A fast-track application procedure will be introduced for digital businesses in the seven cities of Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sunderland.
  • The new scheme will apply where businesses need to recruit entire teams of exceptional individuals from outside the EU. From November 12, groups of up to five will be able to apply together for consideration.

As such, the Tech Nation Visa Scheme has the potential to offer a way to get the talent digital businesses are after.

Tech City UK claimed that the scheme will help startups looking for talented people to scale their businesses into larger companies.


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