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This route is for individuals aged 18 or over that can demonstrate that they have an exceptional talent in the field of arts & culture, digital technology, engineering, humanities, medicine, and science.

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What are the main requirements?

You will need an endorsement by an endorsing body in the field relevant to you to establish that you are a leader or potential leader before applying for a visa in this category.
You must:

  • Be issued an endorsement letter by the relevant body
  • Submit your application within 3 months of the date of the endorsement letter

How long can you stay in the UK?

You can reside and work in the UK for up to 5 years in this category. You can apply for an extension of permission to remain in the UK as there is no limit on the duration that you may remain in the UK in this category.

You may apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK after 3 years if you were endorsed in your field as an exceptional talent and have worked in the UK for at least 3 years. You may for indefinite leave to remain in the UK after 5 years if you were endorsed in your field as an exceptional promise and have lived and worked in the UK for the relevant 5 years.

How do you apply in this category?

Your application is submitted online whether you are applying from outside the UK, applying to extend your visa, or applying to switch to this category from within the UK.
You can include your partner and dependent children in your application for permission to stay with you.

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If you are exploring your options for a visa or require international business advice, our highly experienced solicitors will assist you in exploring all your options. We advise businesses and individuals, including executives and senior management teams on all aspects of business immigration including visas. You can get in touch by completing the form below.

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Adam Haines

Adam Haines

Employment Law and Business Immigration Partner


Adam is a partner and specialist employment lawyer with experience advising on all aspects of employment law from the beginning to the end of the employment relationship and business immigration.