Visas: Scotland

Home Office written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cities)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the assignment of designated competent bodies in Scotland for Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas.

Photo of Robert Goodwill Robert Goodwill The Minister for Immigration

The designated competent bodies under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route operate across the whole of the United Kingdom, including Scotland – the route does not restrict an applicant to a particular location or to work for a particular employer.

Where a designated competent body represents the interests of a number of other organisations with similar expertise in its particular field, it is required to consult with those other interested parties when setting and publishing its Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement requirements or making any changes to them. This includes consultation with equivalent bodies in Scotland who fulfil a similar function to the designated competent bodies.

The Government keeps the list under review and considers applications for bodies to be assigned to the list on a case-by-case basis.

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