British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, John Rankin is inviting exceptionally talented Sri Lankans to migrate to UK under the country’s “Exceptional Talent Migration route”.
Rankin says, Sri Lanka has some exceptionally talented people and potential leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and arts, who can work in UK.
The High commissioner’s invitation which he also had made to the Maldivians of similar talent comes as a part of the UK government’s ongoing program, where it encourages exceptionally talented migrants to work in UK.
The new ‘Exceptional Talent migration route’ which was opened in August 2011, is aiming to open doors for 1000 eligible migrants.
“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” announced a statement issued by the British High Commission in Colombo.
The statement also says, 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 in UK.
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” added the Embassy statement.
Examples of recent approvals under the exceptional talent route include a leading pianist, a Chinese researcher who has made a remarkable contribution to the field of condensed-matter physics, a Visual Effects expert who has worked on many of the recent James Bond films and an Algerian Chemical Engineer who received a prestigious Fellowship to develop new bio-fuels at a leading UK industrial research centre.
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