Exceptional Talent Visa

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa has closed and is no longer available


You can no longer apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

You may be able to apply for a Global Talent visa if:

  • you’re a recognised leader (exceptional talent)
  • you’re an emerging leader (exceptional promise)
  • you have a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement

If you already have a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

You can still apply:

You can apply for settlement once you’ve been in the UK for:

  • 3 years with an exceptional talent visa
  • 3 years with an exceptional talent endorsement in science
  • 5 years with an exceptional promise endorsement in either arts and culture or digital technology

In This Section

Business visas in Scotland

If you’re a business or individual who wants to relocate to or invest in Scotland, you’ll need to consider different types of visa and immigration requirements.

Sole representatives

Visa requirements for sole representatives of an overseas business.

Standard Visitor Visa

As a business or investor in Scotland, you can obtain a short-term visitor visa for business purposes.

Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa

This visa has closed and is no longer available

Tier 1 Investor Visa

If you’re a non-EEA or Swiss citizen you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Investor Visa if you’re investing at least £2 million in UK government bonds, share capital or loan capital in trading companies registered in the UK.

Sponsorship and recruitment

Here are some things to consider before sponsoring a non-European Economic Area national to work for you in Scotland.

If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.