UK global talent visa

The UK Global Talent Visa was introduced in the UK to cater to the ‘best and brightest’ from around the world.

The Global Talent visa gives visa holders the freedom to move between organizations, jobs, and roles. The visa program has several features that will appeal to the ‘best and brightest’ from around the world.  The visa does not specify any minimum salary threshold for the job roles like the Tier 2 visa for skilled workers does.

Eligibility requirements for the UK Global Talent visa:

Applicant must be a leader or potential leader in any of the following fields

  • academia or research
  • arts and culture
  • digital technology

Applicant must be at least 18 years old.

Application process

To apply for the Global Talent Visa of the UK, an applicant must get an endorsement from one of the six endorsing bodies decided by the Home Office.

Endorsement in the field of science, medicine, engineering, social sciences, humanities, and other academic and research roles-British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Endorsement in non-academic fields such as arts and culture, or digital culture your application- Arts Council England or Tech Nation. 

Once the endorsement is granted, the final immigration decision will be taken by the Home Office.

The next step is to apply for a visa at the Home Office which will consider the general grounds for acceptance or refusal and if you are already in the country your eligibility for the visa category  based on your current visa category will be considered.

Applicants must meet the following requirements for processing the application in the second stage:

  • Proof of receiving endorsement from an endorsing body.
  • Date of application for entry clearance or leave to remain must be no later than three months after the date of issue of the endorsement letter.
  • Endorsement must not have been withdrawn by an endorsing body.

 Though the visa application for the two stages can be submitted simultaneously, it is better to first get the endorsement first. In case endorsement does not come through, the visa fees paid to the home office will not be refunded.

Processing time

You will have to apply online for this visa.

Once you have submitted your documents and identity proof, you will get the visa decision in:

  • 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK
What you can do with the visa

With this visa you can work in the UK for up to five years without a sponsor. Other benefits include the flexibility to change roles and organizations or opt for self-employment. You can even start your own company or earn additional income as a consultant which need or need not relate to the field you were endorsed for.

There is no cap for visas under this category and visa holder can renew their visa after five years.

 After three years these visa holders can apply for UK settlement, and their family members and dependents may join them if they fulfill the eligibility criteria.

Can you shift to the Global Talent visa even if you are already in the UK on another visa?

If you are currently living in the UK on a Tier 1, Tier 2 or a Tier 5 visa, you can move to the Global Talent visa provided you can receive an endorsement from any of the six endorsing bodies.

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