A new scheme to attract non-EU tech talent to the UK was introduced in November 2015.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Scheme was announced by Tech City, an organisation that champions Britain’s digital sector. It presents new criteria for developers, software engineers and other specialists to have their UK work visas fast-tracked.
Under the new criteria, teams looking to relocate to the UK can now apply together rather than having to submit separate applications.
UK tech employers can now target individuals with specific technical knowledge, as well as those who show particular promise. So a London tech company in need of a Ruby developer may help to fast-track the visa of a talented developer from overseas.
Individuals looking to work in the north of the UK – Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sunderland – can have their applications fast-tracked.
The first stage of the visa application is to apply to a Designated Competent Body, like Tech City, for endorsement. To receive endorsement, applicants must have a proven record of innovation and/or advancement in the their sector as well as two out of four of the conditions outlined here.
Tech City aims to review all applications within 18 days.
The second stage is to send a visa application to the home office. The visa is for five years, after which there is a possibility of applying for settlement in the UK.
Click here for more information and advice on how to apply.
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