Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

Exceptional Talent in Science and the Arts

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) is for world- leaders, or potential leaders, in the fields of science and the arts.

Under Tier 1, applicants must accrue the necessary points to qualify for immigration to the UK. There are a number of areas where points can be gained (under ‘Attributes’ and ‘Controls’).


To qualify for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) you must gain sufficient points under the ‘attributes’ section.  There is one area where points must be gained for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) initial application.

Endorsement by a Designated Competent Body (75 points):

The list of Designated Competent Bodies comprises

  • The Royal Society
  • The Arts Council England
  • The British Academy
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Tech City UK.


For extension applications only, extending an existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)

English (10 points):

As English is the most widely spoken language in the UK you must demonstrate sufficient competence in the language to gain the 10 points. You can do this by:

  • being a national of a majority English-speaking country, or
  • passing a specified English language test (see the Tier 1: Exceptional Talent Policy Guidance for tests which qualify), or
  • holding a degree that was taught in English and is equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or above.


There is a quota of 1000 Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas issued per year.


The documentary evidence of your points must meet specific requirements. These are laid out in the Policy Guidance for the relevant type of Tier 1 visa.

Other types of Tier 1 immigration application: