Introduction To Global Talent Visa

The UK has always been a world leader in the field of science, the humanities, engineering, the arts, and technology. Those who are gifted in these fields are naturally drawn to Britain’s highly advanced economy, rich intellectual and cultural life, and easy access to Europe.

At a Glance

Global Talent visa was introduced by the UK government in the statement of changes of 30 January 2020. Effective February 20, 2020, the Global Talent Visa replaces the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) for candidates applying after 20 February 2020.

Global Talent Visa comprises 3 types of Visa:

  • Recognised Leader – Exceptional Talent
  • Emerging Leader – Exceptional Promise
  • UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option.

This visa allows a limited number of people, considered to be leaders or emerging leaders in certain fields to enter the UK. A big benefit of this category compared to the Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 Sponsor Licence scheme is that you can work freely for almost any employer or run your own business or be self-employed.

Stage 1

Before you submit your visa application to the Home Office (Stage 2), you mustobtain UK endorsement from an approved Designated Competent Body where you apply online and await approval. The endorsing body you are assigned under will assesses your skills, abilities, and achievements; they will then advise the Home Office of their decision on whether you should be endorsed.

If you are granted an endorsement by a Designated Competent Body, you can then submit Stage 2 to the Home Office.

The designated endorsing bodies are:


The requirements for endorsement for Global Talent visa will differ depending on the expert field of the applicant. Science endorsing bodies rely on their own internal assessment and have additional information on the requirements on their websites.

T1 Digital is an industry leading specialist in providing customised consultancy and guidance related to Stage 1 (endorsement) of Tier 1 Global Talent & Promise Visa  with all the Designated Competent Bodies. The requirements for endorsement for Global Talent visa will differ depending on the expert field of the applicant.

Stage 2

If your application meets the criteria, it will be endorsed by the Designated Competent Bodyand recommended to the Home Office for approval.During the second stage, the Home Office will consider immigration aspects of the application, whether the correct supporting documents are provided, whether the requirements of the immigration rules are met and whether general grounds for refusal apply. Stage 2 application is an actual immigration application, so applicants need to be aware of switching provisions, if applying inside the UK.

Visa Switching

It is possible to switch into a Global Talent visa following a successful endorsement application.

While in the UK, only those having one of the following valid visa types are eligible to switch:

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 5 (Temporary worker – Government Authorised Exchange) on an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers
  • a Start-up visa
  • an Innovator visa

You can apply to switch into this visa route and request a visa to be issued from 1-5 years.


If you do not hold a visa in one of the categories above, you will need to apply for a Global Talent Visa from overseas.

What You Could Do Right Now

The Global Talent Visa category is extremely competitive and includes a rigorous application process. We, at T1 Digital have a robust track record of advising successful applicants looking to remain or enter the UK using the Global Talent Visa. We provide expert and practical advice, guidance on how to gather the relevant evidence, and prompt spot check on any vulnerability in your application with advice correction.

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