Government to double Tier-1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa offer

Written by Alan Platt, Jerry Conlan

It might appear that the United Kingdom Government is drastically cutting the number of immigration opportunities for those wishing to remain or to come to the United Kingdom, but there is some positive news in this respect on the horizon.

The Home Secretary Amber Rudd, has recently announced the United Kingdom Government’s intention to double the number of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas on offer, from a ceiling of 1000 a year up to 2000. This visa category was created to encourage those showing promise in the fields of technology, science, art and creative industries to come to base themselves in the United Kingdom. This immigration route has proven popular and has been of great benefit to the United Kingdom, attracting many talented individuals to come and develop and transfer their skills, ideas and inspirations to others. It has also resulted in the creation of employment opportunities for the resident labour market and ensures the country will remain at the forefront of technology, industry and the arts.

The Immigration Team at Gordon Dadds has helped a number of talented foreign individuals base themselves in the United Kingdom, via the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) immigration route and with the increasing possibilities in this area, we are available to advise and assist those talented individuals contemplating a move to the United Kingdom.

Alan Platt and Jerry Conlan, Directors of Immigration at Gordon Dadds, are available to advise clients in this area and on other business and employment immigration routes into the United Kingdom.

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Alan Platt

I have over 40 years’ experience working in and practising United Kingdom immigration and nationality law, in the Home Office and in private legal practise. I began working for the Home Office UK Border Force as an Immigration Officer in 1983 and after spending four years based at Heathrow Airport I was seconded to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and posted to Nigeria for five years to work in the British High Commission in Lagos as a Consular & Visa Officer, dealing with a full range of UK visa applications, British Citizenship and consular matters. Upon my return to the UK I worked at Stansted Airport and then in the UK Border Force Headquarters in Croydon, training air and sea carriers operating to the United Kingdom on the detection of passengers travelling with forged and counterfeit documentation and developed and implemented legislation known as The Carriers Liability Act. In 2002 I formed and managed Platt & Associates, a United Kingdom immigration, nationality and work permit law consultancy, advising clients in the corporate and private sectors in these areas. In 2016 we merged with Gordon Dadds LLP and from this new platform continue to provide clients with clear and well founded advice on business, family and work permit options within the United Kingdom Immigration Rules and the EEA Regulations. I currently spend 100% of my time at Gordon Dadds advising clients on UK immigration and nationality matters. Outside of work my interests are classic cars and I am an active member of the MG Car Club. I also enjoy travelling and spending time with my family.

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Jerry Conlan

I spent over six years working as a Manager within the Home Office in the department dealing with work permits and sponsor licence applications. I have practised United Kingdom immigration law in the private sector for over fifteen years and during that time headed the immigration department at KPMG. I have considerable experience dealing with complex work permit applications along with business and investment based immigration routes into the United Kingdom.

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