In students circles it is a very popular topic: how to switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from student visa (Tier 4 General)? In my previous post, I wrote about a purely legal and classical situation. But today I will share with you insight that I got from one of the real applicants who has this case.
On the Home Office website, there is a brief list. It declares three visas categories when people are allowed to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa living in the UK. However, I have one insight from an applicant with a student visa (Tier 4 General). There is a small window of opportunity for people who have a visa in this category.
Please, read the information below very carefully and remember my Disclaimer, I mean – I am not sharing any immigration legal advice here.
Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Student Visa: Stage 1
Submission: (if you are brave enough – in the UK) outside the UK.
And here is the hidden gem. You may try your luck and apply for Endorsement Stage of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa even from the United Kindom. In other words, even living in the country you may apply all documents, pay the fee and wait for a Tech Nation decision.
This option is truly flexible. For an Endorsement stage, you will be checked only for your professional abilities and talents. That is why, is it quite a narrow way. But I can imagine how it is difficult to be on a student visa. And then fly home to apply for the first stage of visa. As a result, this opportunity makes your life slightly easier.
Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Tier 4 General: Stage 2
Submission: only outside the UK
This is an important moment. If you get your Endorsement, you must fly to your home country as soon as possible to apply for Stage 2. It is not allowed to stay in the country and apply. So, please, do not try to do this.
The reason for the situation mentioned above is clear. Ideally, you must apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from outside the UK. Hence, in the case of non-Endorsement, the UK immigration system will not have trouble. I mean the risk that one more illegal immigrant will appear. And then, (s)he will join the army of people who live in the UK illegally.
Exceptional Cases of Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa
If you think that your circumstances are different – it may be true. Sometimes we have unique situations. That’s why you may apply for this visa from inside the UK, being a student on Tier 4 General visa. However, I recommend you to ask about a consultation from immigration advisors. For example, A Y & J Solicitors, a company which is a Legal Partner of this Blog, can provide you full details and many success stories of applicants with unusual backgrounds who got their Endorsement and visa.
Update of COVID-19 and switch from student visa
Since countries are on lockdown now, life is different. Now it’s possible to apply for Endorsement and Visa stages of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Tech Nation Visa) from the United Kingdom. Read more details here.
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