Fashion Network UK/ Barbara Santamaria/ July 9, 2018

The British Fashion Council has announced it will become an independent assessor for fashion visas as a new rule, that makes fashion professionals eligible for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, comes into effect.

The BFC has been working with Arts Council England in partnership with the Home Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to promote this new route for talented international designers and professionals to work in the UK.

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa was previously available only to applicants across science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology and the arts. Since November 2017, the government has increased the number of visas it is willing to approve to 2,000, and half of these will be allocated on a demand-led basis.

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