Elite award-winners allowed fast-track route into UK

Recipients of certain Nobel prizes, Oscars and Brit awards can bypass existing immigration process under new rules

Oscar winners, Nobel prize recipients and Brit award-garlanded overseas musicians are among foreign nationals who will be fast-tracked for UK visas under a tweak to immigration rules announced by the Home Office.

The list of qualifying awards is hugely prestigious, meaning anyone who uses the new scheme would almost certainly have succeeded in getting a visa via the existing “global talent” route, introduced in 2020. For scientists, it covers Nobel prizes in physics, chemistry or medicine, and the Fyssen international prize, while for mathematics, just the Fields medal is listed. People from computing, engineering and social science have a handful of eligible gongs.

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