The recently published Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC309 contains some very good news for applicants considering the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. From 11 January 2018, when the changes are due to come into force, the number of Exceptional Talent visas will double from 1000 to 2000. What’s more, those endorsed under the Exceptional Talent sub-category will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after only three years’ residence in the UK.
The Explanatory Memorandum also mentions there are “minor changes to the criteria for endorsement by Arts Council England,” but does not set these out. While many of the changes are indeed minor – making pronouns gender neutral, for instance – there is a change to the specified evidence which might be bad news for some applicants. The requirement for evidence to be dated within the last five years has been extended from the ‘proof of appearance’ category of supporting documents to the other two categories, ‘media recognition’ and ‘international awards’. Those applying should therefore ensure any awards, prizes, articles, reviews and other evidence they provide are dated within five years of their application.
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