The Global Talent visa is a UK immigration category for talented and promising individuals in specific sectors wishing to work in the UK. It replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa in February 2020.
To be considered for entry under the Global Talent visa, applicants must seek endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the UK Home Office. If you are applying for endorsement in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences or the humanities, or other academic and research roles, the Home Office will refer your application to the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which will make an endorsement decision based on the evidence you provide. If you are applying for endorsement in non-academic fields of arts and culture and digital technology, your application will be referred to Arts Council England or Tech Nation, which follow separate endorsement criteria. You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:
You must also be at least 18 years old.
If you or your close family member started living in the UK before 1 January 2021, you may be able to apply to the free EU Settlement Scheme.
Otherwise, you need a visa to work in the UK. Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
The basic eligibility criteria are:
The Global Talent visa allows you to work in the UK on a flexible basis with fewer restrictions and costs than other immigration categories. In addition, the Global Talent visa comes with considerable advantages for you as an individual and any close family members* wishing to establish a long-term connection to the UK. This includes a fast-track to settlement after three years for the main visa holder. You can also undertake research overseas without it counting towards the maximum time allowed for absences if you choose to apply for settlement.
The documents you have to submit when applying for a Global Talent Visa will depend on your field of qualification.
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
If you’ve had an award or scholarship to study in the UK in the last year, you’ll also need to write permission to apply from the agency or government that granted it.
If your documents are not in English or Welsh you’ll also need to provide a certified translation.
You need a blank page in your passport for your visa if you’re:
If you’ve won an eligible award, the Home Office will look at publicly available information (such as the award organisation’s website) to confirm that you’ve won.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity. You’ll either:
The application process for a Global Visa for the UK is divided into two parts:
You have to get an endorsement to attest to the fact that you actually are a leader or potential leader in your field. To submit your application, you must visit the Visas and Immigration website of the UK Home Office and register using your email address. You must submit the required documents (see below) and pay the endorsement fee. If you do not have all the documents, you can close the application and restart where you left off later. Then, depending on which field you will work in, the UK Home Office will forward your endorsement application to one of these so-called “endorsements bodies” for review. The endorsement application can take from one to eight weeks to process, depending on which organization is reviewing your application.
Once you receive your endorsement, you have to apply for a UK Visa by submitting the endorsement letter and any requested supporting documents. Once you have successfully received an endorsement, you will get an email from the Home Office with an attached copy of the endorsement letter, following which you can proceed with your Visa Application. You must apply no earlier than three months before you intend to depart for the UK. You and all your dependent family members can apply at the same time You will usually receive your visa within three weeks
Global Talent Visa Holders have the freedom to work in almost any sector. Global Talent visa holders can live and work in the UK with few restrictions:
The length of stay for this visa depends on whether the applicant is already in the UK. Those applying from outside of the UK can stay for 5 years and 4 months. Those switching to this visa from inside the UK can stay for up to 5 years. Those who have been granted a Global Talent exceptional talent visa or any type of endorsement in science, or UKRI endorsement can usually apply based on three years stay in the UK. Applications can be made twenty-eight days before the end of the three years. For those on a Global Talent exceptional promise visa in arts, culture and digital technology, you have to wait five years (minus twenty-eight days) before you can apply for indefinite leave to remain.
Time spent in the UK as a tier 2 general visa holder or on a Tier 1 entrepreneur visa should count towards the period required for indefinite leave to remain.
You can apply to extend your visa for up to 5 years at a time. You can renew your visa as many times as you like, as long as you still meet the eligibility requirements. Global Talent visa holders can apply for an extension if:
It costs £608 to apply to extend a Global Talent visa from inside or outside the UK. Your partner and children must pay the visa fee of £608 if they want to apply to travel with you or join you later in the UK.
The processing time to apply for a Global Talent Visa is 4 weeks to 8 weeks. The first stage of the process, including endorsement, takes between 2 weeks to 4 weeks. This stage is referred to as the 'Endorsement Application'. If your endorsement application has been accepted, the second stage of the application begins. Following this, you may apply for a visa on GOV.UK. Immigration aspects and grounds for refusal are considered in this stage.
It costs £608 to apply. If you’re applying based on an endorsement, you’ll pay the £608 in two parts:
If you’re including your partner or children in your application, they’ll each need to pay £608. You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application - this is usually £624 per year for each person applying.
If your endorsement is refused, you may be able to apply for an Endorsement Review to the relevant endorsement body. You can get in touch with us and schedule a call back if you need help with your visa reapplication. Our team will take the time to carefully examine the reasons your endorsement application was refused and advise you on the best action to take