Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

In this case, our client was a Japanese national who had been living in the UK as a family member of a points based system migrant.As this visa neared its expiry, our client approached us to obtain further leave to remain.

From our initial meeting, it became apparent that our client’s circumstances meant that a further family based application would not be viable as our client’s spouse did not meet the requirements for an extension of their visa.

What is a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

In order to qualify for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa an applicant must be able to show that they have obtained success of have shown promise within their field or industry. Applicants can evidence this through an endorsement letter from another field or industry leader and through proof of any awards won or contributions that they have made to their field.

How we help the client

After discussing our client’s situation with them, we identified that a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa under the points based system may be a viable option.  Our client was an artist who specialised in making metal sculptures and had won multiple international awards for their work and had been active during their time in the UK.

Our solicitors were able to assist our client to obtain an endorsement letter and the necessary evidence relating to our client’s awards. Our solicitors then drafted detailed representations setting out how our client was a world-class talent. We also assisted by preparing an application on behalf of our client’s spouse as a family member of a points based system migrant, effectively swapping their immigration statuses.

The outcome

These applications were successful, and our client was granted the 5 year visa.


We specialise in all points based visa applications, including the rarely applicable Exceptional Talent Visa. Our team boasts an impressive record in relation to these applications and are well suited to guide talented individuals through the UK’s immigration process.