This week, UKBA announced changes to the UK Immigration Rules which affect Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applicants who wish Arts Council England (ACE) to endorse their application.
From 3rd January 2011, any applicant seeking ACE endorsement must now complete ACE’s new competent body application form and submit it with their visa application. Applicants must also collate and submit certain supporting documents which show that they meet ACE’s eligibility criteria.
The application form and criteria can be downloaded from the Exceptional Talent – request for endorsement page.
Previously, applicants seeking ACE endorsement needed to submit the supporting documents but did not need to submit the form.
There is no change to the procedure for Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) applicants who want their application to be endorsed by the Royal Society, the British Academy or the Royal Academy of Engineering. As before, they must submit a completed ‘science bodies’ competent body application form and documents showing that they meet their competent body’s eligibility criteria. See the Exceptional talent – request for endorsement page for more information.