'Research Councils UK' and The 'Wellcome Trust' are working together with the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Academy to lead an efficient process of endorsement to make it simple for outstanding international researchers, who would be acquiring the visas of Exceptional Promise or Tier 1 Exceptional Talent.
By the newly introduced process, British Academy, Royal Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering, which are considered to be the three chosen ‘competent bodies’ would ensure that the applications of the visas from the overseas researchers, who have been awarded with intermediate-level and senior fellowship and Investigator Awards through the Wellcome Trust, would be approved. Once they are approved, the international researcher can further carry on to next stage of the process and file their application to the UK Home Office for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent
The route of this visa is intended for the intelligent and the most excellent people in the area of humanities, natural science, arts and engineering, social sciences, and bring them into UK from outside the EEA (European Economic Area).This is also intended for those, who have already been recognized as the leaders of the world (Exceptional Talent) and for those who are found to be capable of becoming the future leaders in their field (Exceptional Promise).
Director of the Wellcome Trust, Professor Jeremy Farrar, has said that if they make sure that UK continues to be leader in biomedical research globally, they would be capable of attracting intelligent minds to UK so that this land would serve as a foundation for many researchers to perform their work. They would welcome the newly introduced process so as to speed up the attention of the exceptional overseas researchers who would be willing to pursue their work in United Kingdom.
Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Academy have stated to Vice Chancellors regarding the changes to the visa process and hope that it would benefit the communities of engineering science, and humanities.