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UK GLOBAL TALENT VISA: INTRODUCTION

UK GLOBAL TALENT VISA: INTRODUCTION

The UK Global Talent visa is open to talented and promising applicants within the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture) who wish to work in the UK.

‘Talent’ applicants will already be leaders in their respective field, while ‘promise’ applicants will be able to show the potential to become leaders in their field. 

The UK Global Talent category is not subject to a cap on the number of applicants, does not require a job offer and can lead to settlement in the UK.  A dependent partner and dependent children under 18 can apply under this route.

UK Global Talent Visa Requirements

In order to qualify for a UK Global Talent visa, you will need to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration that:

  • You are aged 18 or over;
  • You have been issued with an endorsement letter by a Home Office approved endorsing body or have been awarded a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes;
  • Your application does not fall under the general grounds for refusal;
  • You have provided a valid TB certificate, if required.

The exact requirements you will need to satisfy may vary depending on your circumstances.  You may want to speak to an immigration lawyer for expert advice.

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.

UK Global Talent Endorsement Application

In order to apply for a UK Global Talent visa, most applicants will need to receive an endorsement from an appropriate endorsing body as evidence of their exceptional talent or promise.  You can be endorsed in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture).

Each endorsing body has its own set of criteria for a Global Talent endorsement, but in each case you will need a substantial body of work and support from experts in your field.  

To find out more about the requirements for endorsement for each field, please visit the following pages:

Once you have been endorsed, you will be able to apply for a Global Talent visa.  

Alternatively, if you have been awarded a qualifying Prestigious Prize, you will be able to make a single visa application without needing to obtain an endorsement from one of the Global Talent endorsing bodies.

UK Global Talent Prestigious Prizes Route

If you have won a qualifying prestigious award, you will be able to fast-track the endorsement application and instead proceed directly to making a single visa application.

The list of prestigious prizes is set in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes.  This list is kept under review and updated from time-to-time.

To be eligible as a prestigious prize, a prize must be given to a named individual and clearly recognise the exceptional talent of that individual.  Therefore, the list does not include prestigious awards for specific works, such as an award-winning film, or prizes given to whole organisations.

Prizes must also be open to all nationalities and winners must be determined by experts or peers, rather than the public. 

UK Global Talent Category English Language Requirement

Global Talent applicants applying to enter the category or extend their stay in the Global Talent route do not need to satisfy an English language requirement.  However, Global Talent migrants must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language in order to qualify for settlement in the UK.

UK Global Talent Route Maintenance Funds Requirement

Global Talent visa applicants do not need to satisfy a maintenance funds requirement.

How Long Is a UK Global Talent Visa Valid For?

Global Talent visa applicants can choose how much leave, in whole years, up to a maximum of 5 years, they wish to be granted in a single application. 

This flexibility allows Global Talent visa applicants to minimise their Immigration Health Surcharge payment where, for example, they only wish to come to the UK for 2 years.

UK Global Talent Visa Extension

If you decide that you want to stay in the UK for longer than you anticipated, or if for any reason you are not able to apply for settlement following your initial grant of leave, for example due to excessive absences, then it is possible to extend your stay in the UK. There is no maximum number of years that you are able to remain in the UK in the Global Talent visa category. 

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 and these earnings will need to have been linked to the field which led to your initial Global Talent endorsement (if your initial application was granted using an endorsement) or a field related to the subject matter of your prize (if your initial application was granted using a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes). You will need to provide evidence from an independent source that is verifiable by the Home Office.

If your initial application was granted using an endorsement you must also not have had your endorsement withdrawn by the endorsing body and the endorsing body must continue to be approved by the Home Office.  The Home Office will also check your character and immigration history to check that you do not fall for refusal under the general grounds.

UK Global Talent ILR

If you 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 then you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after spending a continuous period of 3 years in the UK if:

  • You were endorsed by the Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or UKRI; or
  • You were endorsed under the exceptional talent criteria by Arts Council England or Tech Nation; or
  • You were granted your initial application using a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes.

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, T2 Minister of Religion, T2 Sportsperson or Scale-up.

Residence Requirement for ILR as a UK Global Talent Migrant

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 rolling 12 months during the continuous period of leave relied upon.

Global Talent migrants who hold leave following an endorsement by one of the endorsing bodies for science, engineering, humanities and medicine and who have undertaken research overseas directly related to their grant of leave, will not have such absences counted when they apply for settlement.  Partners of Global Talent migrants will be treated in the same way.

Switching Into the UK Global Talent Route

Applications to switch into the Global Talent route may be made from within the UK provided the applicant does not currently have, or was not last granted, permission to stay as a Visitor, Short-term Student, Parent of a Child Student; Seasonal Worker; Domestic worker in a private household or outside the Immigration Rules.

If you hold leave in any of the above categories then you will be required to leave the UK and submit your application for a Global Talent visa from your home country.

When Should I Apply for a UK Global Talent Visa?

Your UK Global Talent visa application must be made within three months of the date that you receive your endorsement, and can be made up to three months before you intend to travel. You should therefore plan ahead to the date that you intend to arrive in the UK and work backwards. 

UK Global Talent Visa Application Processing Times

If you intend to get to the UK as quickly as possible, you can use priority services at most application centres to get a quick decision on your application. You should work on the basis that the Home Office processing will take around a month, but with priority services it can take around a week to receive a decision.  At some application centres there is a 24 hour processing service. 

You should bear in mind that before the visa application is processed, you will need to wait for a decision on your endorsement application from the endorsing body. 

Working in the UK on a Global Talent Visa 

When you enter the UK in the Global Talent category, you will have a full right to work (including self-employment and voluntary work) but you will not be permitted to be employed as a professional sportsperson or coach.

There is no requirement that you complete a certain amount of work, though you will need to do some, if you intend to settle in the UK permanently.

You will also have a right to study in the UK, if you wish to, but you will not be permitted to access public funds.

Can a UK Global Talent Visa Holder Bring Family Members?

UK Global Talent visa holders can bring their Spouse, Civil Partner or Unmarried Partner.  They can also bring their children, providing they are under the age of 18 when they make their first visa application to enter the category. 

How Our Immigration Barristers Can Help UK Global Talent Applicants

Our immigration barristers have experience in assisting talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture wishing to work in the UK.  Our barristers are experts in the immigration options 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.

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  • Applications for endorsement for UK Global Talent visa applicants

    Arts Council England can endorse talented and promising individuals in the fields of dance, music, theatre, visual arts, literature, museums, galleries and combined arts. They can also endorse talented individuals in the fields of film, television, animation, post-production and visual effects.

    The Royal Society is able to endorse experts in the field of maths, chemistry, physics, certain types of engineering, environmental science, biochemistry, biology, physiology, neuroscience, ecology and clinical sciences.

    The Royal Academy of Engineering can endorse applications in engineering including mechanical, process, civil, biomedical, electrical, information communication technology and engineering policy. 

    The British Academy can endorse applications in humanities, social sciences, literature, theology and law. 

    Tech Nation can endorse applicants with technical and business skills.  Tech Nation have a single set of criteria for applicants. There are fast track options for individuals planning to contribute to the North of the UK and for individuals with skills which are in particularly short supply. A team of 5 individuals can make an application under the fast track route, for example, an existing team planning a new venture in the UK.

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will consider applications from individuals operating in the scientific community who will be hosted or employed at a UK research organisation deemed acceptable by UKRI.  

  • Applications for extension of stay for UK 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 field which led to your initial Global Talent endorsement (if your initial application was granted using an endorsement) or a field related to the subject matter of your prize (if your initial application was granted using a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes).

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

    If your initial application was granted using an endorsement you must also not have had your endorsement withdrawn by the endorsing body and the endorsing body must continue to be approved by the Home Office.

    The Home Office will also check your character and immigration history to check that you do not fall for refusal under the general grounds.

  • Applications for settlement for UK Global Talent visa holders

    If you 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 then you will be eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain after spending a continuous period of 3 years in the UK if:

    • You were endorsed by the Royal Society, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or UKRI; or
    • You were endorsed under the exceptional talent criteria by Arts Council England or Tech Nation; or
    • You were granted your initial application using a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes.

    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, T2 Minister of Religion, T2 Sportsperson or Scale-up.

    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 rolling 12 month during the continuous period of leave relied upon.

    Global Talent migrants who hold leave following an endorsement by one of the endorsing bodies for science, engineering, humanities and medicine and who have undertaken research overseas directly related to their grant of leave, 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 UK 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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