The UK Global Talent Visa

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A Quick Look at the UK Global Talent Visa

The most popular visa for professionals seeking a new future in the United Kingdom!

In February 2020, changes went into effect with what was formerly the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, with all persons applying after the date of 20th February 2020 being obligated to follow the new rules.

The new Global Talent Visa comprises 2 categories of eligibility within it:

Exceptional Talent

This visa is aimed at individuals with a proven track record in leadership roles within their given field.

Exceptional Promise

This visa is designed to recognise emerging leaders that have demonstrated potential as leaders in their field.

This new visa allows people that are considered to be leaders or emerging leaders in certain fields to enter the UK. A notable benefit of this revision compared to the previous Tier 2 visa and Tier 2 Sponsor Licence programmes, is that you remain free to work for virtually any employer (or run your own business or be self-employed).

Who is the UK Global Talent Visa For?

The UK’s new Global Talent visa (GTV) is aimed at providing a more streamlined immigration experience for professionals from a number of disciplines. While many people associate the GTV with Tech Nation, digital technology is only one of eight fields eligible for this route to residency.

Regardless of the work specialism, the Global Talent visa includes two distinct categories related to the applicant’s professional experience, which are:

  • Exceptional Talent
  • Exceptional Promise

There are specific criteria set forth to help determine which of these two categories is right for your background.

Ultimately, however, the evidence you present in your application will need to meet the specific criteria followed by the endorsing body associated with your field.

Typically, you apply for a Global Talent visa after you have successfully applied for an endorsement that “proves” you are either a leader or a potential leader.

There are, however, ways to apply for the Global Talent visa without an endorsement if you have won an eligible award. Below you can see a list of awards that are eligible, however, this is not set in stone so contact our trusted visa endorsement specialists for the latest information on eligible awards.

Do I Have to be Inside the UK to Apply?

You can apply for a UK Global Talent Visa from inside or outside the United Kingdom.

The process can be a little different in either case, however, so you should be mindful of the nuances involved.

Applying Within the UK

Generally, applying for a Global Talent visa from within the UK is done entirely online.

We also speak regularly with individuals who are curious about switching from an existing visa to the Global Talent programme.

Switching to a Global Talent visa is usually done online if you already reside in the UK on a:

— Tier 1 visa

— Tier 2 visa

— Tier 4 visa (excluding short-term student visas)

— Tier 5 visa

Applying from Outside of the UK

When applying for a UK Global Talent visa from outside the UK, applications for entry clearance can first be made at your nearest visa appointment centre.

Due to the recent influx of applications as well as the increased complexity of applying from abroad, we highly recommend scheduling a free consultation call to discuss specific options relevant to your country of origin.

Can I Switch to a Global Talent Visa?

Yes! You can absolutely switch to a Global Talent visa from certain existing visa programmes. 

Switching is done online if you’re already in the UK on one of the aforementioned visas.

Even if you don’t see your visa on this list, working in one of the eligible fields may still qualify you for endorsement – so don’t hesitate to ask us!

Understanding Global Talent Visa Endorsement

In order to reside within the UK under the Global Talent visa, applicants must receive an endorsement from one of the endorsing bodies engaged by the UK Home Office.

You can apply for the UK’s Global Talent visa route if you’re a Leader or Potential Leader in:
  • Arts and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Digital Technology (including Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Fintech, Gaming, and Web Development)
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Television (including Animation, Post Production, and Visual FX)
  • Health and Medicine
  • Science and Engineering
You will need an endorsement from the relevant endorsing body for your given discipline:
  • Humanities > British Academy
  • Digital technology > Tech Nation
  • Architecture > Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Science & Medicine > The Royal Society
  • Fine Arts & Culture > Arts Council England
  • Media (Film & Television) > Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)
  • Engineering > The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Fashion & Design > British Fashion Council
  • Research & Development / Academia > UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)

Many who apply for a Global Talent visa see the endorsement stage as the main hurdle of a successful relocation. The role of the endorsing body is to review all of the documentation that you provide in your application and make an endorsement decision based on the evidence that you present.

If you are wondering why there are so many departments for an application to go, it’s mainly because each field must follow separate endorsement criteria that can be unique.

Also, it is imperative that applications are reviewed by people with relevant experience in the field, as they are better qualified to be able to make accurate judgments about where an applicant fits into the industry.

Given the importance of making the best first impression with an endorsing body, we highly recommend that you reach out to our team for more specific guidance that meets your needs.

Holders of certain prestigious awards can apply for a visa without going through the initial endorsement stage. If you hold an award and would like to know if it is eligible, just ask our immigration consulting team for further information regarding how such notable recognitions can help expedite your application.

Absolutely! Academic professionals not only qualify for the UK’s Global Talent Visa, but can also be eligible for fast-track options as well.

Typically, all applicants seeking a Global Talent visa must be endorsed by one of the approved endorsing bodies in their respective field.

Researchers and academic professionals, however, have an abundance of opportunities to either fast-track the endorsement process or bypass it entirely.

There are currently four ways for eligible academics and researchers to obtain an endorsement for the UK Global Talent visa:
1) Academic and Research Appointments

This route is the fast-track to endorsement for individuals who have already accepted a position at an approved UK institution of higher education or research institute, and are:

  • responsible for leadership and development of academics, research, or innovation,

— or —

  • for directing/leading an individual, research team, innovation project, or another relevant programme of work.

This route is administered by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society. It officially replaces the previous route, Global Talent visa (senior appointments).

2) Individual fellowships

This route is a fast-track to endorsement for those who have been awarded an individual fellowship from the list approved by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society. This fellowship must either be currently held or have occurred within the last 12 months, and you must include a copy of your award letter in your application for endorsement.

Meeting these criteria, including all necessary documents, and ensuring their total accuracy can virtually guarantee a fast-track endorsement.

3) Endorsed funders

This fast-track endorsement route is for researchers and specialists who are specifically named, by either their given name or their job title, in a successful grant application from a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) approved endorsed funder.

In order to be eligible, such researchers must either be hosted or employed by an eligible institution that has been approved by UKRI.

4) Peer review

This is the standard endorsement route for individuals who submit an application for full peer review by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, or Royal Society. This is the route to endorsement for academics and researchers that are otherwise ineligible for fast-track options.

Having been awarded certain prestigious prizes can make an applicant eligible to bypass endorsement entirely. If you have been awarded one of these prizes and are aiming to relocate to the UK, reach out to our team to discuss meeting your specific needs.

More detail on how academics and researchers may obtain an endorsement for the UK Global Talent visa:
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How Long Does a Global Talent Visa Take to Process?

On average, applications for endorsement are processed within:

8 weeks, if sourced within the UK

3 weeks, if sourced from outside the UK

Also, as the Home Office aptly points out, this does not include any time for proving your identity or submitting such evidentiary documents, so consider planning on a little extra time.

You should also be aware that the endorsement process is separate from the visa application’s process, although the latter is contingent on the former.

In other words, you may apply for a visa before obtaining an official endorsement letter, but if your endorsement falls through your visa application will be rejected by consequence.

Here's an example of how a UK visa endorsement application would be processed for a film-maker or actor:

If you are interested in pursuing potential fast-track options, call us now to arrange a free consultation with one of our experts to discuss your specific needs and eligibility.

What Documents are Required to Apply for a Global Talent Visa?

Ensuring that you have all of the relevant documentation is vital to a successful application.

When applying, you'll need to provide:
  • A valid and current passport or another official document that shows your identity and nationality
  • Up-to-date tuberculosis test results, if you are from a country where you have to take the test (TB Test)

Please be aware that if your documents are not in English, you will need to provide a certified translation for every page.

A blank page in your passport for your visa stamp if you are:
  • from outside the EU, EEA, or Switzerland
  • from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland, but do not have a biometric passport with a chip in it

If you have received an award or scholarship to study in the UK in the last year, then you will need written permission to apply from the agency or government that granted it.

Should you have won an eligible award that exempts the need for endorsement, the Home Office will look at publicly available information (such as the award organisation’s website) to confirm that you have indeed won.

You will only be asked for evidence of your win if they cannot find this in your application’s evidentiary documents.

Which Awards are Eligible for Global Talent Visas Without Endorsement?

According to the UK Home Office, if you have received an award from the below list, you are eligible to bypass the endorsement stage entirely and apply directly for the visa.

Please be aware that this list of exclusive awards is not finite and that these can change over time. However, they do collectively illustrate the calibre of peer-reviewed performance expected of each discipline.

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