The UK Government has announced its intention to create a new fast-track visa for individuals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The announcement was made to attract the world’s top scientist to the UK. The UK Government also hopes by introducing this visa to enhance the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK.
The route will be launched regardless of Brexit and the terms of the UK leaving the EU. The scheme will also be open to both EU and non-EU citizens.
Advantages of the new fast-track STEM visa
The visa will offer many advantages for persons who qualify under this route.
Successful applicants under this new route will receive a three-year visa during which time they can come and go from the UK at will. After only three years on this visa, the visa holder will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain. Dependants can accompany the main visa holder to the UK. Adult dependants will have no work restrictions on their stay in the UK.
There is no minimum salary requirement or minimum salary threshold attached to this route. Applicants also do not need to secure a job before arriving in the UK.
Re-branding the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route
The Home Office said in its announcement on the new proposed visa that the new fast-track visa will be a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route. The existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route will be re-branded to recognise the need to attract global talent. The existing route will be substantially and radically expanded.
The current route will also be uncapped, thereby ensuring that persons who qualify will be able to secure a place.
The UK Government said in a statement that they would be launching the visa later this year. Breytenbachs will inform clients as soon as more information on this new immigration route becomes available.
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