Immigration update — March 2014: expansion of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) to include the digital technology sector
On 10 and 13 March 2014, the Home Office published new Statements of Changes in the Immigration Rules, which will affect sponsors and migrants across the board. The majority of these changes are set to come into force on 6 April this year, and some may require immediate action by sponsors/migrants in order to avoid being caught by some of the less favourable changes.
The Statements of Changes confirmed that, from 6 April 2014, the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) sector is being restructured to include a designated allocation of 200 endorsements for those showing exceptional talent in the field of digital technology. These endorsements will be given out by Tech City UK. Unlike the other Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) sub-categories, which offer endorsements to world leaders as well as those who show promise in their field, Tech City UK’s endorsements are for only those who are world leaders, i.e. the applicant must have a proven track record of innovation in working for a digital technology company.
Once endorsed, individuals will be able to apply for a visa to come to the UK and to undertake work, without the need for a sponsoring employer…
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