Exceptional Talent Visa

Are you or are any of your employees a recognised leader (“exceptional talent”) or emerging leader (“exceptional promise”) in your field? You may be eligible for the exceptional talent visa to work in Scotland.

The exceptional talent visa is available for exceptional talent in the fields of:

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Digital technology
  • Art and culture

This type of visa is not needed for EEA and Swiss citizens who may be considered “exceptional talent or promise”.

To qualify for this visa, you or your employee must be endorsed by one of the following bodies. Click on the links to find out more about their endorsement criteria:

Each endorsing body has their own published guidance and criteria, outlining the types of candidates they are willing to endorse under this category.


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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 soul 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

If you’re a recent graduate with a genuine, credible business idea, and you want to set up your business in Scotland, you may be eligible for a Tier 1 Graduate Entrepreneur Visa.

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.