For further information please see the UK Border Agency
Tier 1 (exceptional talent)
This route is for exceptionally talented individuals in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts, who wish to work in the UK. These individuals are those who are already internationally recognised at the highest level as world leaders in their particular field, or who have already demonstrated exceptional promise and are likely to become world leaders in their particular area
You must read the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) policy guidance on the Home Office website. The policy guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules.
You cannot apply under Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) if you are already in the UK.
For more information on how to apply for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent), please ensure you have also spoken to the relevant HRBP before applying.
Eligibility criteria for The Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering
Eligibility criteria for Arts Council England
Tier 1 (General)
This category is now closed to applicants who are outside the UK, and to migrants who are already here in most other immigration categories.
You must read the Tier 1 (General) policy guidance on the Home Office website before you apply. The guidance is based on Part 6A of the Immigration Rules. To make an application/extension under Tier 1 (General) you must meet the eligibility criteria and all the requirements of the Immigration rules.