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Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Application Process

Applying for your first Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa is a two stage process

Stage 1 is submitted to the Home Office but considered by a Designated Competent Body and it is not an immigration application.It will assess your skills, abilitiesand achievements and decide whether you should be endorsed in order to progress your application.

Stage 1 is submitted online.  It can be submitted from wherever you are in the world but the supporting evidence must be sent to the UK for consideration.  The form is available here:
https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/tier-1-exceptional-talent-endorsement.

As stage 1is not an immigration application,it will not affect any current leave you hold in any way. If you are granted an endorsement by a Designated Competent Body, you must then apply for Tier 1 (ExceptionalTalent) leave to enter or remain. This is stage 2 of the process, which is undertaken solely by the Home Office and assesses only immigration matters.  

How you applyfor stage 2 depends on where you are applying fromand your nationality.

I am outside of the UK I am inside the UK  I am a Croatian national
The majority of applicants 
must apply online.  
Further details are available 
here:
www.gov.uk/tier-1-exceptional-talent/apply
You must apply online
The form is available here: 
https://visas-immigration.service.gov.uk/product/tier-1-exceptional-talent-visa
You should apply for a blue registration certificate instead.
You can find further details on 
our website at: www.gov.uk/croatian-national/blue-registration-certificate

 

There are separate fees for each stage.You cancheck whether you have been successful at stage 1 before you apply for stage 2.You can, however,also apply for stage 1and stage 2 at the same timeif you wish.  Please note that stage 1 applications must be submitted by post and cannot be accepted at a Premium Service Centre or visa application centre outside of the UK.

If you are applying for an extension ofTier 1 (Exceptional Talent) leave which you already hold, you only need to make
a single application.  You need to apply in the same way you did for stage 2.  You do not need to obtain a new endorsement.  You will need to pay the full Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) feein a single payment. 

You can also make an application for settlement once you have been in the United Kingdom continuously for 5 years.

 
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) applications

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