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Home Office to launch fast-track STEM visa

A three-year visa with no minimum salary requirement will foster specialist skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

The Home Office has announced plans to launch a fast-track visa for selected individuals with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The three-year visa does not have a minimum salary requirement and allows visa holders to apply for indefinite leave to remain following their initial three year stay.

Individuals are able to bring dependants to the UK on the visa, which builds on the existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route.

The visa is open to both European Union (EU) and non-EU nationals and applicants do not need to have a job offer before they arrive in the UK.

Announcing the visa route, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “I want the UK to continue to be a global science superpower, and when we leave the EU we will support science and research and ensure that, far from losing out, the scientific community has a huge opportunity to develop and export our innovation around the world.”

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