Global Talent Visa UK: Guidance, Eligibility, Fees, Documents, Time

UK Global Talent Visa

The U.K. Global Talent visa is an immigration category specifically targeted at individuals in specific sectors that wish to work overseas in the U.K.

Effective February 2020, the Tier 1 [Exceptional Talent] visa has been replaced by the Global Talent visa.

An individual might be able to apply for a Global Talent visa for working in the U.K. if they are either a leader or a potential leader, in any of the following fields –

  • Digital Technology
  • Academia or Research
  • Arts and Culture

Generally, to be considered under the Global Talent visa category, the applicant must have secured an endorsement from any 1 of the 6 endorsing bodies appointed by the U.K. Home Office.

Endorsing bodies for the U.K. Global Talent visa –
  • Tech Nation [for DigiTech]
  • Arts Council England [for Arts and Culture]
  • British Academy
  • Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Royal Society
  • K. Research and Innovation [UKRI]

After being granted an endorsement, the final immigration decision for the Global Talent visa will lie with the U.K. Home Office.

Holders of certain prestigious prizes might apply for a Global Talent visa for the U.K. by bypassing the initial endorsement phase.

With the Global Talent visa, you can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years at a time.

While there is as such “no limit” on the total duration that you can stay on in the U.K. on a Global Talent visa, you will be required to get your visa renewed, thereby extending the same when it expires.

An extension of the Global Talent visa can last anywhere from 1 to 5 years.

Following a stay in the U.K. For a certain period, a Global Talent visa holder might be eligible to apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain [ILR] so that they can settle in the U.K. permanently.

Depending on the field that the individual is working in, an ILR can be applied for after 3 to 5 years in the U.K. on a Global Talent visa.

With the ILR, an individual gets the right to live, work and study in the U.K. for as long as they require, even applying for benefits if found to be eligible for the same.

Applications for the Global Talent visa are to be made online.

Generally, the processing time is that of 3 weeks, if applying from outside the U.K.

The Global Talent visa allows the visa holder to work overseas in the U.K. with comparatively fewer restrictions and costs attached as compared to certain other U.K. immigration categories.

  • Ability to change occupation and employer without seeking approval of the U.K. Home Office
  • Ability to take up self-employment in the U.K.
  • Can set up a spin-out, also referred to as a spin-off, company in the U.K.
  • Earn additional income from consultancy, or any other sources
  • Advantages for the partners and dependents of the main applicant
  • Fast-tracked route to U.K. settlement after 3 years
  • Can take up research overseas [time spent outside the U.K. for research will not count towards the 180-day annual limit for absences if applying for settlement in the U.K.]
  • Expert guidance
  • Dedicated support
  • Assistance with the documentation
Are there any restrictions on the Global Talent visa based on nationality?

The Global Talent visa for the U.K. does not have any nationality-based restriction.

Are there different routes available under the Global Talent visa?

There are 4 endorsement routes available for a Global talent visa un the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences and the humanities.

Route 1: Academic and research appointments

Route 2: Individual fellowships

Route 3: Endorsed funders

Route 4: Peer review

What is the “Prizes route” for the Global Talent visa?

From May 2021, holders of specific prestigious prizes might be able to apply for the Global Talent visa, without the need to secure an endorsement.

How can I submit my application for U.K. Global Talent visa?

Online application form to be filled. Generally, a STAGE 1 application form is to be submitted following a STAGE 2 application form.

STAGE 2 has 2 different forms, depending on whether applying from within the U.K. or from overseas.

Eligible prestigious prize holders are not required to submit the STAGE 1 application form.

What if I don’t meet the requirements of the Global Talent visa for the U.K.?

If you don’t meet the Global Talent visa requirements, there are other U.K. work visa categories that you can explore instead.

I am already in the U.K. on a different visa. Can I switch to the Global talent visa?

You might be able to switch over to the Global Talent visa if you are in the U.K. on a different visa.

The application should be made before the expiration of your current visa.

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