Home Office doubles visas available for top creatives

The government is to double the number of visas made available to artists and creative people, the Home Office has announced.

The number of visas available through the Tier 1 (exceptional talent) route  is to go from 1,000 to 2,000.

The move is to encourage the most talented creatives from across the world to work here, said Home Secretary Amber Rudd. “Increasing the number of visas for these sectors will make sure that we continue to be at the heart of world culture and forefront of digital and scientific advances” she said.

The UK’s innovative industries, she said, are at the centre of the UK’s industrial strategy.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, welcomed the decision, which follows the federation’s Global Talent Report of earlier this year.

“Access to international creatives is what makes our creative industries world class” he said. “They play a vital role in creative companies across the country - from the English National Ballet to Penguin Random House and videogames company Ubisoft. They help us understand markets around the world. They help us develop products and services people want to buy. They combat skills gaps.” 

But he added: “The UK visa system has long failed to meet the needs of the creative industries. This is only the beginning of the work needed to improve our immigration system”.

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