The Academy has agreed to act as a Competent Body advising the UK Borders Agency on its new Tier 1 visa route aimed at people working in science, the social sciences, engineering and the arts who either are world class, or have the potential to become world class practitioners.

The President of The Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir John Parker FREng said: "In order to safeguard the UK's future competitiveness, we must ensure that it remains an attractive destination for world-class engineers. I am confident that this new visa route will help to encourage global excellence to come to the UK."

The Academy has undertaken to review all engineering applications and transmit its advice to the UK Borders Agency, which will take the final decision on issuing visas. The Royal Society, the British Academy and the Arts Council are also acting as Competent Bodies, advising the UK Borders Agency on all applications in their respective fields.

The scheme will run for one year on a pilot basis. Of the 1000 places available in the first year of the scheme, 200 will be allocated to the engineering community.

The new route will be launched on 9 August, and applications will be accepted from interested individuals by the UK Borders Agency from this date. More details are available on the  UK Borders Agency

Notes for editors

  1. Founded in 1976, The Royal Academy of Engineering promotes the engineering and technological welfare of the country. Our fellowship – comprising the UK’s most eminent engineers – provides the leadership and expertise for our activities, which focus on the relationships between engineering, technology, and the quality of life. As a national academy, we provide independent and impartial advice to Government; work to secure the next generation of engineers; and provide a voice for Britain’s engineering community.