Friday, July 22, 2011

New UK visa plan to attract global talent

New UK visa plan to attract global talent :

London: Britain has announced a new visa category to facilitate the immigration for exceptionally talented people from India and other non-EU countries in the fields of science,humanities,engineering and arts.
The new Tier 1 (exceptional talent) category will open on 9 August 2011,and will have 1,000 places in the first year of operation,official sources here said.

There will be 500 places available between 9 August and 30 November and a further 500 places available from 1 December to 31 March 2012.

The number of places will be reviewed at the end of March 2012.The immigration category will be overseen by four competent bodies,which will advise the UK Border Agency on these exceptionally talented migrants to ensure that they are the brightest and best in their field.

The bodies are: the Royal Society,a fellowship of the worlds most eminent scientists,will be able to nominate up to 300 places;the Arts Council England,the national development agency for the arts,will also be able to nominate up to 300 places;the Royal Academy of Engineering,Britains national academy for engineering,will have up to 200 places to nominate;and the British Academy,the national academy for the humanities and social sciences will be able to nominate up to 200 places.

Immigration minister Damian Green said: The UK is a global leader in science,humanities and engineering and we are a cultural centre for the arts.We will continue to welcome those who have the most to offer and contribute to our society and economy.PTI