In students circles it is a very popular topic: how to switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from student Tier 4 General visa? 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 situation.
On the Home Office website, there is a brief list of three visas categories, when people are allowed to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa when living in the UK. However, due to one insight that I got from an applicant with a Tier 4 General visa, 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 Tier 4 General: 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 so flexible since 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 knowing how it is difficult to be a student and fly home to apply for the first stage of visa, 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 the 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 a 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 be under the risk that one more illegal immigrant will join the army of people who live in the UK on an illegal basis.
Exceptional Cases of Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa
If you think that your circumstances are so unique that you may apply for this visa from inside the UK, being a student on Tier 4 General visa, I recommend you to ask about a consultation from immigration advisors – 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.