The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Tier of the PBS has been launched today.
This new category will facilitate not only those who have already been recognised but also those with the potential to be recognised as leaders in their respective fields. There is a limit of 1,000 places in the first year of operation. There will be 500 places available between the 9 August and 30 November and a further 500 places available from the 1 December to 31 March 2012. The number of places will be reviewed by the UKBA at the end of March 2012.
Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) will be overseen by world-renowned “competent bodies”, which will advise the UKBA on applicants to ensure that they are the brightest and best in their field:
- the Royal Society, a fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists, will be able to nominate up to 300 places;
- Arts Council England, the national development agency for the arts, will also be able to nominate up to 300 places;
- the Royal Academy of Engineering, Britain’s national academy for engineering, will have up to 200 places to nominate; and
- the British Academy, the national academy for the humanities and social sciences will be able to nominate up to 200 places.
Immigration Minister Damian Green said:
The UK is a global leader in science, humanities and engineering and we are a cultural centre for the arts: we will continue to welcome those who have the most to offer and contribute to our society and economy. Our new exceptional talent route, available for up to 1,000 applicants, will ensure that we continue to attract the brightest into the UK and keep the UK a global leader.
Migrants seeking entry to the UK under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) will not need to be sponsored by an employer, but will need to be recommended by one of the competent bodies.