At the end of Stage 2 for Exceptional Talent Visa application, the luckiest people get a visa vignette in the passport. So the most important aspect regarding it – this is not an actual visa. Why is this vignette not a UK visa?
Oh, my beloved visa vignette, why are you not the UK Visa? Because of a limited time of validity. Applying for an Exceptional Talent Visa for 1 year, it will not be valid for the whole period. Instead of this, a visa vignette will be valid from the date of intended travel to the United Kingdom and until the 30-day after this date.
For example, my vignette was valid from October 14 until November 13. Hence, I have to enter the UK before the final date in order to receive Biometric Permit Residence (BPR). In fact, roughly speaking, this document is your visa. It is valid until the last day of your intended stay starting from the day of your intended arrival to the United Kingdom. So, when you will assign December 31, 2016, as an intended date, your BPR will be valid until December 31, 2017. I will write about BPR separately, so let’s come back to the vignette.
What information does visa vignette include?
- Your personal information (name, surname, date of birth, sex, nationality, passport info)
- Type of visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Migrant, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Partner or Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Child)
- Visa vignette validity (one month period)
- Observations (extra notice about permissions and denials for you. I.e. “No Dr/Den Train” – hence, you should not have any dentist practice in the UK. Another one “No Sport” – you cannot work as a sportsman as well. Finally, “No Public Funds” – a visa holder cannot apply for receiving any money from the United Kingdom; “Register with Police in 7 days of UK entry” – an obligation to residents of particular countries to register at the Overseas Visitors Records Office. Also, you will have a mark “T1 Migrant Talent” in this section.
- If you have dependents who are applying for a visa with you – there are sections with a number of your dependents and their names.
In a nutshell, a visa vignette for your Exceptional Talent Visa is your ticket to cross the UK border legally during the particular period but to live there for the whole period of your Exceptional Talent Visa validity – you need a BRP.