Growth of UK tech sector sees increased demand for UK tech visas
Since the introduction of the Tech Nation visa scheme in 2014 there has been a steady increase in Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa applicants, and 2018 – 2019 has been no exception, with Tech Nation reporting that the total number of applications submitted over the past 12 months has increased by 45% over the previous year from 450 to 650 applications. To date, more than 850 visa applications from nationals of over 50 countries have been endorsed via the scheme.
Although the latest surge in applications is said to be driven by applicants based in India and US specialising in software development, AI, fintech, and enterprise/cloud sectors, the scheme is open globally to exceptionally talented individuals who specialise in any tech sector. Successful applicants are granted leave to remain in the UK for up to five years and four months, during which time applicants could apply for settled status.
On the continuing growth of the sector, the Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, Margot James, pointed out that “the UK continues to attract talent from around the world. This is thanks to our world-leading academic institutions, strong access to finance and long standing reputation for innovation. We are determined to ensure the tech sector has access to the talent that it needs”.
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