It has been reported that the demand for special tech immigration visas has surged since the EU Referendum.
Tech City UK, the government organisation that processes applications for the visas, have said that applications increased in popularity following the referendum, with more than 200 applications received since April.
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa for Digital Technology was specifically designed for non-EU tech workers back in 2013 with the aim of attracting more of the world’s best engineers and coders to the UK. It has been said that the visa is most popular with tech workers from the USA, India, and Nigeria.
There are only 200 places available each year, however, only seven applications were received in 2014. The Government relaxed the scheme’s criteria back in November last year which saw applications rise.
Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK said: “It’s an encouraging set of results. It’s one of those situations where we’re in ongoing conversations with the government, and we’re keeping an eye on it.”
We’ll have more conversations when we get closer to the limit. They know that tech talent is a growing part of the economy. They also understand that tech talent is a scarce resource.”
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