The Tier 1 Work Permit route for 'Exceptional Talent' opened to applicants this week (Tuesday, August 9th).
People looking to move the UK for work can now apply through this section of the points-based system if they feel they meet the criteria.
There are a total of 1,000 places up for grabs for those who are internationally-recognised in their industry, be that science or their arts. Those who are thought to have the potential to be world leaders in their arena are also invited to apply for UK Work Permits through this Tier 1 route.
However, in order to make the application, the individual must be abroad; it is not possible to apply for the Tier 1 Work Permit from within the UK.
The Arts Council has been appointed as a Designated Competent Body by the Home Office and therefore has the power to asses applications for the permits. The council has introduced a tough range of criteria for people looking to enter the UK through this route.
Applicants must fill out a standard Tier 1 visa form, which is to be submitted along with evidence supporting their 'exceptional nature'. Up to ten documents can also be submitted to demonstrate 'significant media recognition, international awards for excellence, proof of appearances or exhibitions in recognised international contexts'.
Althea Efunshile, chief operating officer at the Arts Council England, commented: “We are pleased the government recognises the contribution outstanding artistic talent plays in the social and economic life of the country, and look forward to working with the Home Office and others to help ensure audiences have the opportunity to experience outstanding artistic talent from around the world.”
Along with the Arts Council, the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering will help to provide recommendation for individual applying through the Tier 1 route.