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UK GLOBAL TALENT VISA: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

UK GLOBAL TALENT VISA: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

The UK Global Talent visa route is open to talented and promising individuals with technical or business skills in the digital technology sector wishing to work in the UK.  Applicants will be leaders in their field, or have the potential to be leaders, as determined by Tech Nation.

Tech Nation can endorse applications from technical applicants who can demonstrate proven technical expertise in building, using, deploying or exploiting a technology stack and building technical infrastructure. 

Tech Nation can also endorse applications from business applicants who can demonstrate proven commercial, investment, or product expertise in building digital products or leading investments in significant digital product businesses.

There is no cap on the number of applicants that can be endorsed in the Digital Technology sub-category of the UK Global Talent route. 

Requirements for digital technology endorsement by Tech Nation

In order to qualify for endorsement by Tech Nation on the basis of ‘Exceptional Talent’, you will need to have been recognised as a leading talent in the digital technology sector.

Additionally, you will need to satisfy two of the following four criteria:

  1. Have a proven track record for innovation as a founder or senior executive of a product-led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept
  2. Have proof of recognition for work beyond your occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field;
  3. Have made significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions in the field as either a founder, senior executive  or employee of a product-led digital technology company;
  4. Have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions through research published or otherwise endorsed by an expert.

In order to qualify for endorsement by Tech Nation on the basis of ‘Exceptional Promise’, you will need to have been recognised as having potential to be a leading talent in the digital technology field.

Additionally, you will need to satisfy two of the following four criteria:

  1. Have at least 2 examples of innovation as a founder of a product led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept;
  2. Have proof of recognition for work beyond your occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field;
  3. Have made significant technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions in the field as either a founder, senior executive  or employee of a product-led digital technology company;
  4. Have at least 2 examples demonstrating exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions, or through research endorsed by an expert.

Whether you apply on the basis of ‘Exceptional Talent’ or ‘Exceptional Promise’, Tech Nation will consider up to 10 documents which demonstrate that the above criteria are met.

To discuss your Global Talent visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our Global Talent visa lawyers on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.

Does Tech Nation require referees for a digital technology endorsement?

You will need to provide Tech Nation with 3 letters of recommendation in support of your digital technology endorsement application.

The letters of recommendation must be from 3 different well-established organisations acknowledged as experts in the digital technology field.

The signatories must be familiar with your work and contribution to the digital technology sector.  They must be a senior member of their organisation. They will need to describe how they know you, your achievements in your specialist field, how you exhibit exceptional talent or exceptional promise, the contribution you will make to the UK digital technology sector, your future plans, and the benefit you would receive from living in the UK.

Is it necessary to have established a digital technology business?

Whilst a proven track record of innovation, or significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions, in the digital technology sector as a founder or senior executive of a product-led digital technology company can be relied upon in support of an application for a Tech Nation endorsement, it is not mandatory to have been a senior executive or founder of a digital technology sector company.  

Employees working in a new digital field or concept, employees who have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field, and who have done work outside their immediate occupation that has contributed to the advancement of the sector can also be relied on in order to secure an endorsement from Tech Nation.

What factors will Tech Nation take into consideration when considering an endorsement application?

When assessing applicants, Tech Nation will take into account the following factors:

  1. Your track record/career history (including your international standing, the significance of your work and the impact of your activity in a company or as an individual);
  2. The strength of the supporting statements in the letters of personal recommendation, and evidence in relation to qualifying criteria;
  3. The expected benefits of your presence in the UK in terms of the contribution to the UK digital technology sector;
  4. Factors including but not limited to, your academic track record and salary level if employed, the company you are being hired by if an employee or the amount of money raised if an entrepreneur;
  5. The commercial impact of your previous work, achievements and experiences.

How do I make a visa application if my Tech Nation Endorsement is successful?

Once you have your Tech Nation endorsement, you will have a period of three months from the date of the endorsement letter to make your application to enter or remain in the UK in the Global Talent category.

You can make your application from within the UK, so long as you were not last granted leave as a Visitor, Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student, Seasonal Worker, Domestic Worker in a Private Household, or Outside the Immigration Rules.

Anyone who comes within the above excluded categories, will need to ensure that they are abroad when they make their Global Talent visa application.  You can apply from any country as long as you’ve been given permission to live there for at least 6 months.

In addition to showing that you have been endorsed, the Home Office will assess your character and immigration history to ensure that you do not fall for refusal under the general grounds for refusal.

There is no maintenance or English language requirement in the UK Global Talent visa category.

Leave will be granted for the period that you request (in full year periods) up to five years. The amount of time that you request makes no difference to the application but will affect the amount that you need to pay for the Immigration Health Surcharge.

How our immigration barristers can help your Global Talent visa application 

Our immigration barristers have a wide range of experience assisting digital technology professionals to work in the UK.  Our barristers are experts in the immigration options for individuals in the technology sector and will guide you through the complex Home Office rules and policies.

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to clients as part of a professional and friendly service.

We can also assist with

  • Applications for extension of stay for Global Talent visa holders

    In order to qualify for an extension of stay on the Global Talent route you will need to have earned money in the UK during your last grant of leave.

    These earnings will need to have been linked to the expert field which led to your initial endorsement.

    You will need to provide evidence from an independent source that is verifiable by the Home Office.

    You must also not have had your endorsement withdrawn by the endorsing body.

  • Applications for settlement for Global Talent visa holders

    Global Talent migrants who continue to satisfy the requirements for an extension of stay set out above and demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and life in the UK are eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after spending a continuous period of 3 years in the UK if their last endorsement was given:

      • by the Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or UKRI
      • under the exceptional talent criteria by Arts Council England or Tech Nation.

    If you were last endorsed under the “exceptional promise” criteria for Arts Council England or Tech Nation you will need to spend a continuous period of 5 years in the UK before being eligible to apply for settlement.

    The relevant continuous period can include time spent in the following immigration categories: Global Talent, Innovator, Tier 1 (excluding Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)), Skilled Worker (which includes Tier 2 (General)), T2 (Minister of Religion) or T2 Sportsperson.

    In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain in the Global Talent category you will need to have spent not more than 180 days outside the UK during any consecutive 12 month period during the continuous period of leave relied upon.

    Global Talent migrants who hold leave following an endorsement by The Royal Society, The British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering or UKRI and who have undertaken research overseas, will not have such absences counted when they apply for settlement.  Partners of Global Talent migrants will be treated in the same way.

  • Fresh applications, Endorsement reviews and Judicial reviews for Global Talent migrants

    If your application for entry clearance, leave to remain or settlement as a Global Talent migrant has been refused, our immigration barristers can advise on the merits of making a fresh application or challenging the decision.

    If you believe that an error has been made in a decision on your endorsement, we can assist you in applying for an endorsement review.

    If the decision to refuse your application was unlawful, unreasonable or procedurally improper, our immigration barristers can apply for Judicial Review and provide representation at Judicial Review hearings.

WHAT CAN WE HELP YOU WITH?

To discuss your UK Global Talent visa application with one of our immigration barristers, contact our UK Global Talent visa lawyers on 0203 617 9173 or complete our enquiry form below.

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