The UK government says it invites exceptionally talented leaders in Sri Lanka in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts to work in the UK.The British High Commission in Colombo said in a statement quoting Commissioner to Sri Lanka and Maldives, John Rankin, that, “Sri Lanka and Maldives have some exceptionally talented people and potential leaders in the fields of science, humanities, engineering and the arts. I encourage them to explore the opportunity to work in the UK presented by the Exceptional Talent migration route.”The statement said that the new Exceptional Talent migration route was opened in August 2011. This Tier 1 visa category facilitates the entry to the UK of people who are internationally recognised, or who have the potential to be recognised, as world leaders in their respective fields. Between August 2011 and April 2013, there will be 1000 places available.This route is overseen by world renowned Competent Bodies who advise the UK Border Agency on exceptionally talented migrants to ensure that they are in fact the brightest and the best in their field. These Competent Bodies are:Migrants seeking entry under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category do not need to be sponsored by an employer, but they do need to be endorsed by the relevant Competent Body. The bodies set their own criteria for selecting migrants for endorsement.Migrants admitted to the UK under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category are initially granted permission to stay for three years and four months. They will be able to extend their stay for a further two years and may be able to apply to settle in the UK after 5 years’ residence.