bunnymoo wrote:Hi Forum,
I have a question for everyone out there.
I wanted to apply for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa b/c I was offered an academic job in the UK. I'd like to make this application as soon as possible because the Exceptional Talent visas are limited in number and no one seems to know what will happen after April when they are set to expire.
The fee for these visas is 1000 Euros, which I paid. But I showed up for my appointment (not in the UK) and was told that I couldn't proceed since I needed to submit my application only three months or less before the requested date of entry. This was a big surprise to me since I had hired a lawyer at one of the "reputable" firms discussed on this forum to carefully review my application and this was something that they failed to notice. Now they are claiming that they did not have this information, which is a lie. And they're not returning my emails.
When I showed up the Worldbridge employees there had no idea what an Exceptional Talent visa was and asked me to explain it to them, which was also quite disconcerting. I was told I could ask for a refund on line for the 1000 Euros, which I did, and eventually resubmit. Yet I asked for the refund last week but haven't heard anything, and didn't even get a confirmation email saying that my request for a refund was received.
I'm quite worried about this and want to resubmit as soon as possible. My job doesn't start until about 9 months from now but I want to apply soon. Should I apply with a proposed date of entry three months from now, even though my job in the UK doesn't start until much later, and I am clearly employed somewhere else until then, as it states on my exceptional talent application?
this has been such a stressful, expensive, time consuming, and awful experience.
bunnymoo wrote:Has ANYONE been successful with this visa? How long did it take you?? My application and my passport have been gone almost three months now!!
pillaipraveen wrote:Even I applied for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in March and have not been notified with any decision. It looks like from January - March UKBA have issued 26 Tier 1 exceptional talent visa. 'Ref. Home Office Research and Statistics'. I might probably be the second one enquiring about the processing time ! Does anyone have an idea? Thank you, Praveen.
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