The UK government has introduced a new visa that will allow games developers and other tech-centric firms to hire key talent from overseas.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa will allow “applicants with exceptional skills in digital technology” to enter and work within the United Kingdom.
Acquiring this visa is a two-stage process; firstly, you apply for endorsement for your candidate from both the Home Office and Tech City UK, the designated competent body assigned to endorsing the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. Once approved, you apply for the visa proper.
Tech City UK has worked with the Home Office to ensure the new visa’s elligibility criteria, revised from a previous visa, fit the needs of the digital and creative industries in the UK.
The scheme has already been backed and praised by games organisations such as trade body TIGA.