You may also qualify under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option.
The Designated Competent Bodies each have their own criteria for endorsement; however in most cases applicants will need to show substantial amounts of work and provide references and support from industry experts in their respective fields. Once the applicant gets an endorsement, they can then move onto Stage 2 which is the immigration application.
The key advantages of this route are that applicants can work for any employer without the need for being sponsored, run a business or be self-employed and are also free to change employers or business without informing the Home Office. In addition to this, the applicants do not need to satisfy maintenance funds requirements or English Language requirements for initial entry or leave to remain applications, with the exception of when applying for settlement.
The duration of the visa is for any period, calculated in whole years upto 5 years on applicants choosing, giving them a greater flexibility in controlling the initial costs, particularly when paying the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). There is no maximum number of years, an individual can remain in the UK under this category.
The applicants must ensure that their endorsements are not withdrawn, have earned money in the UK from the expert field linked to their endorsement in the last grant of leave and not fall for refusal on general grounds like character and immigration history to qualify for an extension. If the applicants continue to meet these requirements and satisfy English Language and Life in the UK, they will be eligible to apply for ILR after spending continuous three years in the UK if the endorsement was under exceptional talent criteria or exceptional promise criteria but only for endorsing bodies for science, engineering, humanities and medicine or if they meet UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) endorsed funder fast track criteria.
For all those endorsements under exceptional promise route from Arts Council England or Tech Nation, will need to spend a continuous period of 5 years to be eligible to apply for Settlement in the UK. The continuous period calculation may also include time spent as a Tier 1 migrant (excluding Graduate Entrepreneur & Post Study) and Tier 2 migrant (excluding Intra Company Transfer). There will be other requirements for ILR such as absence requirements that applicants would need to meet.
Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting talented & promising individuals in obtaining endorsements in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture. We have also partnered with industry experts who work with us on a regular basis to assist our clients in preparing their endorsement application in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology as well as arts and culture.
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