The UK has opened an immigration route for top global models to work in the nation. The Home Office has launched a new Visa scheme for sports and creative people to work in the UK for 1 year.
Fresh guidelines specify that Tier 5 Visas will be offered for creative provisional workers. This is for overseas models that earn high and have global status. They must also have been pre-booked for work, as quoted by the Telegraph Co UK.
The rules further elaborate that these models must have an adequate level of experience for being already established. This must be in other or their markets if not in the UK. The amount that needs to be earned by them is not specified, as in the case of the Tier 2 Visas.
The announcement has been made even as the Tier 1 Visas were expanded for highly skilled professionals. This is in Arts, Humanities, and Science and included Fashion Designers who can now apply for 5-year visas. The latest guidelines have also added Architects.
Y-Axis Immigration Expert Usha Rajesh said that the move follows latest developments in the UK. Prominent models and entertainers were denied UK Visas recently. It has always been tough for models and fashion designers to enter through regular immigration route, she added.
The UK fashion industry is eminent and enjoys international success. This is clearly an oversight by the UK Home Office, added the Immigration Expert.
Mike Illes from MOT Models said that 8 South African models were initially denied entry to the UK this summer. They were then forced to appeal successfully, added Mike. The denial of their Work Visas was unjustified, said Illes. It was also illogical given that they were in demand in the UK during summer, he added.
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