The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes the announcement that the government will double to 2,000 the number of visas available to the brightest and best talent from around the world, including individuals in the engineering and technology sectors.

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa empowers the brightest and best individuals in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities and the arts to live and work in the UK. The scheme is designed to attract world-class engineers, entrepreneurs and researchers who will have a real impact on UK society and economic growth.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is an endorsing organisation under the Tier 1 scheme, designated by the UK government as capable of recognising exceptional talent and exceptional promise.

Academy President Professor Dame Ann Dowling OM DBE FREng FRS says: “The UK has a world-leading reputation for research and innovation, and attracts and collaborates with some of the world’s brightest and best talent. It is increasingly important that we continue to attract this talent and strengthen international networks for business, research and innovation.”

Other announcements made alongside the visa announcement include a new £20 million fund to help public services take advantage of UK expertise in innovative technologies like Artificial Intelligence and the launch of a £20 million training programme to enable thousands of young people aged 14 to 18 to test their skills against simulated online cyber threats.

Notes for Editors

1.    The Tier 1 visa route is open to those recognised as world leaders (Exceptional Talent) and those with the potential to become future leaders (Exceptional Promise) in their fields. Successful applicants are given a five-year visa that is not tied to a specific role or organisation – providing individuals with greater flexibility and mobility. See

The Academy works alongside four other endorsing organisations – Tech City UK, the Royal Society, British Academy and the Arts Council– to support the Home Office in identifying outstanding scholars, scientists and engineers wishing to enter the UK.

2.    Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

We have four strategic challenges:
- Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
- Address the engineering skills crisis
- Position engineering at the heart of society
- Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Jane Sutton at the Royal Academy of Engineering

T: 020 7766 0636

E:  Jane Sutton