Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) to consider broader range of tech talent

26 Oct 15



What is the change? The Tier 1 scheme for exceptional tech talent will consider a broader range of applicants, including individuals showing “exceptional promise” rather than those with already established careers. The new visa scheme will also provide scale-up help to fast-growing tech companies and fast-track applications for the North of England and allow teams of tech workers to apply together for the visas.

What does the change mean? The broadening of eligibility criteria should attract more applicants to the digital technology sector, as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Tech Talent) category has been woefully undersubscribed due to very stringent standards.

  • Implementation time frame: Nov. 12.
  • Visas/permits affected: Tier 1 (Exceptional Tech Talent) Visas.
  • Who is affected: Tech start-ups recruiting non-EU workers under the Tier 1 category.
  • Business impact: The changes are intended to spur technological innovation and draw world-class talent to the British digital sector.

Background: The U.K. government has designated five bodies to review applications for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas. The application process for the Tech Nation visa scheme will go live Nov. 12.

BAL Analysis: The added flexibility could benefit tech startups by allowing them to apply for Tier 1 visas for those with prospective talent and assisting them in growing rapidly.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group in the United Kingdom. For additional information, please contact uk@bal.com.

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