UK Global Talent Visa for Promising Individuals

Scientist with a UK Global Talent Visa.

The global talent visa replaced the UK Tier 1 exceptional talent visa and is reserved for individuals with promising talent in their industry field. Britain is a global hub for developing talent, with the government investing millions each year to attract the brightest minds from around the world.

In July 2020, the UK government announced the launch of its Office for Talent, designed for the world’s brightest and best to live and work in the UK under the country’s post-Brexit immigration system.

How Our Specialist UK Visa Solicitors Can Help

With some of the top global talent visa solicitors in the UK, we will help you secure the necessary endorsement you need to apply for the global talent scheme visa. Our experienced immigration solicitors will help you complete your application, check it for accuracy and submit it to the Home Office on your behalf.

In most cases, this can be done on the same day!

Visa for Global Talent Eligibility

To gain entry to the UK under the global talent program, you will need to gain endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies.

If you are applying for endorsement in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences or the humanities or for other academic and research roles, your application will be referred to one of the following by the Home Office:

  • British Academy
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Royal Society
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

A decision to endorse you will be made based on the merit of your application and the evidence you provide.

If you apply for an endorsement in the non-academic fields of arts and culture or digital technology, your application will be directed to:

  • Arts Council England or
  • Tech Nation

Each of these industry bodies follow separate endorsement criteria.

Please speak to our specialist immigration solicitors for more information on global talent visa endorsement.

If you are approved for endorsement, the final decision on UK entry lies with the Home Office.

Global Talent Visa for Researchers

If you are an academic or researcher in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicine and other specialist fields, there are four options for you to secure endorsement for the global talent scheme:

#1 – Senior appointments – offers fast-track endorsement if you have accepted a job in the UK as a professor, associate professor, reader or an equivalent job role such as senior group leader at a recognised higher education institution or research institute. You will need to meet certain recruitment requirements. Endorsement for senior appointments are administered by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.

#2 – Individual fellowship – provides fast-track endorsement if you have achieved a fellowship from a list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. Your fellowship must be currently valid or held within the last 12 months.

#3 – Endorsed funders – a fast-track endorsement route if you are a researcher or specialist and your name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder that is approved by UKRI. To qualify, you must be hosted or employed by an approved institution as named under Annex 2 of UK Immigration Rules.

#4 – Peer review – a standard endorsement route if you apply for a full peer review by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or Royal Society.

Benefits of the Global Talent Scheme

Under a this visa, you can live and work in the UK for up to five years without sponsorship and entry requirements associated with other UK visa types, such as language tests and minimum salary thresholds, which apply to the UK Tier 2 visa for work program.

The global talent scheme visa allows you to switch job roles and organisations without permission from the Home Office. You can work as a self-employed individual, form a spinout company and earn an extra income for consultancy work in areas not related to the field of research for which you were endorsed.

There is no limit on the number of visas issued each year and you can choose the length of your stay up to a maximum of five years, initially. You can extend your global talent visa multiple times.

The visa for global talent offers fast-track UK settlement after three years and allows your partner and dependants to come to the UK with you. The global talent stream visa gives you the freedom to conduct research outside of the UK, without being penalised for your absence.

For more information on the benefits of a global talent visa, and to apply, contact our specialist London immigration lawyers, now.

Applying for Your Global Talent Visa

This visa has two application stages:

#1 – Endorsement application – Your endorsement application must be accurate and provide all the necessary evidence to give it the best possible chance of success.

Our experienced global talent visa solicitors will work with you to complete and review your application, helping you to gather essential evidence that will support your case for UK entry.

We will then submit your application to the endorsing body on your behalf. A decision on your endorsement will be referred to the Home Office who will notify you of the outcome.

#2 – Global talent scheme application – If your application is approved for endorsement, you’re clear to apply for the global talent program. We will help you prepare your application and gather the necessary documents – including your letter of endorsement – for submission to the Home Office.

If you are making a fresh application for a global talent visa from outside the UK, your application will be considered on its merit and the evidence you provide.

If you’re applying to switch to the global talent scheme visa from within the UK, your application will be considered based on your current UK immigration status and your eligibility to switch.

Get Help with Your UK Global Talent Visa Application

If you want to undertake research and develop your talent in the UK, we can help you secure the global talent visa you need to make your dream a reality. Our immigration lawyers are regularly sought out to advise and assist the world’s brightest and best to navigate UK immigration law competently and efficiently.

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