Expansion of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category

Today, Tech City UK and the Home Office announced that from 12 November 2015 new qualifying criteria will be added to Tech City UK's Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement standards.

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category is for high value migrants who have been endorsed by a Designated Competent Body as an internationally recognized leader, or an emerging leader, in the arts, science, humanities, engineering or digital technology sector.

For applicants to succeed in the digital technology category, they must obtain an endorsement from Tech City UK, and previously the very strict criteria meant that only a very small number of applicants were able to qualify. The changes aimed at ensuring that the UK is able to attract top talent from across the globe, and to maintain the UK's "position as a globally competitive digital powerhouse" include the following: