Tech City UK Visa Scheme Helps Startups

In order to help meet the skills demand from UK IT companies, the government is changing the rules for non-EU IT experts to get visas to work in the UK.

The new rules will help make it easier for high-growth technology firms in the UK to get the skills they need.

The Tech Nation Visa Scheme, which is part of the Tech City UK initiative, upgrades a scheme that was launched two years ago but failed to attract skills. Despite being able to take 200 applicants a year, the previous scheme attracted just 19 applications and approved only 17.

A statement from Tech City said: "Based on direct feedback from the digital business community, four new qualifying criteria have been added to ensure the UK continues to maintain its position as a globally competitive digital powerhouse."

Tech City CEO, Gerard Grech, said: "Fast-growing digital technology businesses play a central role in ensuring the UK stays at the forefront of digital innovation and economic growth on the world stage. Based on the feedback from the tech community, the new Tech Nation Visa Scheme will prove to be a vital tool for companies that want to secure the high-calibre people they need to quickly scale their product or service operation."

UK minister of state for culture and the digital economy, Ed Vaizey, said the arrangements will support fast growth digital businesses, and get the right skills in to support the government's wish to be a "Tech nation on the global stage".

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