The UK government says it invites exceptionally talented leaders in Sri Lanka in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to work in the UK.
The British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement quoting Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives, John Rankin, that, “Sri Lanka and Maldives have some exceptionally talented people and potential leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts. I encourage them to explore the opportunity to work in the UK presented by the Exceptional Talent migration route.”
The statement said that the new Exceptional Talent migration route was opened in August 2011. This Tier 1 visa category facilitates the entry to the UK of people who are internationally recognised, or who have the potential to be recognised, as world leaders in their respective fields. Between August 2011 and April 2013, there will be 1000 places available, of which 500 will be available from 6 April 2012 to 30 September 2012.
This route is overseen by world renowned Competent Bodies who advise the UK Border Agency on exceptionally talented migrants to ensure that they are in fact the brightest and the best in their field. These Competent Bodies are:
The Royal Society – a fellowship of the world’s most eminent scientists – is able to nominate up to 300 places; Arts Council England – the national development agency for the arts – is able to nominate up to 300 places; The Royal Academy of Engineering – Britain’s national academy for engineering – is able to nominate up to 200 places and The British Academy – the national academy for humanities and social sciences – is able to nominate up to 200 places.
Migrants seeking entry under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category do not need to be sponsored by an employer, but they do need to be endorsed by the relevant Competent Body. The bodies set their own criteria for selecting migrants for endorsement.
The UK government has allocated a number of places to each Competent Body; however, it will be open to the bodies to transfer unused places to those with more demand.
Migrants admitted to the UK under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category are initially granted permission to stay for three years and four months. They will be able to extend their stay for a further two years and may be able to apply to settle in the UK after 5 years’ residence.
Full details of the Exceptional Talent route are available at: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/sitecontent/applicationforms/pbs/t1-exceptional-talent-guide.pdf
There go those professionals still holding on to SL despite all the current news in the papers.....!
Desha Thursday, 19 July 2012 06:33 AM
so no more boats people!!! get educated and go to UK
Canadian Thursday, 19 July 2012 04:01 PM
Keep educated home and send only boat ppl
Rubert Vanderkoon Thursday, 19 July 2012 07:58 PM
Highly unlikely any academic will get selected from SL.
sg Friday, 20 July 2012 12:38 AM
Governmnet must be seriously considered this situation wthout doing a panic drama with the educated professional in this country.
senavi Friday, 20 July 2012 04:20 AM
will make no difference as sri lanka economy is entirely run by blue collar workers
kalutaraboy Friday, 20 July 2012 09:14 AM
British high Commission lost its revenue coming from student visa (Millions every day ) now they wanted to start something againe first it was work visa,then student visa and now prof visa you can fool some people some times not everybody every times
Nuzrath Anver Friday, 20 July 2012 07:02 PM
Sri Lanka is much better country than UK. London looks like a dump from Oliver twist. Even when you get out of He-throw airport looks like getting out of Katunayake airport. What is the point of migrating to UK. No professional jobs. You are treated as third class citizens. UK is only good for blue collar workers. One can get better salaries in Middle east for professionals than UK. Australia is much better option for Professionals and better job prospects. Why waste money for a country that is no good to live in long term.
Rangan Friday, 20 July 2012 09:34 PM
I don't buy this.
The ruling Conservative coalition government is barking mad that 188,000 'Skilled Migrants' came during the last government's period and took the jobs of the natives and stopped it altogether.
At the basic level the best of the best students are no longer given work visa. And it has become difficult to secure 'work permit' and Indian Companies like TCS, Wipro and Infosys are trying to recruit within UK.
UK's Economic and Employment conditions will not allow foreign workers at present.
This program may be a reciprocal one for the countries of the same level like USA, Canada, Australia and NZ.
May not be for Sri Lanka and no point in wasting time to knock the High Commission's door.
@Intiqab Saturday, 21 July 2012 06:24 AM
Sri Lanka needs professionals to work in-house, if all talented guys go abroad then Sri Lanka will have to start foreign recruitment.
Going to Middle east will be a better option than UK, Because you will be treated as a professional and respected.
Now Asia and Middle East is stable even with the economic crisis but not Europe.
Mervin Saturday, 21 July 2012 07:25 AM
Please don't dishout rubbish.
Look what happening at the courts.
It is not the country but the moral of the politicians that decide the 'liveability' in a country.
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