23.07.2018 An immigration route for highly-skilled individuals with ‘exceptional talent’ is to be widened to include fashion designers.

23.07.2018 An immigration route for highly-skilled individuals with ‘exceptional talent’ is to be widened to include fashion designers.

Tier 1 ‘exceptional talent’ visas are awarded to leading talent in the arts, medicine, science, engineering, humanities and digital technology, who demonstrated that they have made or have the potential to make significant contribution as a leader in their field. The scheme will now be open to leading fashion designers. They will have their application assessed by the British Fashion Council under the endorsement remit of Arts Council England (ACE), which is one of five existing endorsing bodies. The scheme has also been opened up to a wider pool of TV and film applicants, under the remit of ACE, thanks to changes to the list of eligible industry awards and how recently applicants must have won or been nominated for them. The route already covers leading talent in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts and is open to 2,000 people a year.

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