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Global Talent visa

Global Talent Visa provides individuals who are either talented or promising in the fields of Engineering, Medicine, Science, Humanities, Digital Technology as well as Arts & Culture an option to live and work in the UK for up to five years. Global talent visa replaced the old Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise route on 20 February 2020, as part of the UK government’s initiative to remain open and welcome talented individuals from around the world. Unlike its predecessor, this route does not have any cap on the number of endorsements issued and does not form part of the UK’s point based system.

Global Talent visa requirements

There are two stages in applying for the Global Talent Visa. On Stage 1, the applicant must obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body. The Designated Competent Bodies assess the application under either of the following routes.

Recognised Leader (Exceptional Talent)

This route is for applicants who can demonstrate that they have already made significant contributions as a leader in their respective field.

Emerging Leader (Exceptional Promise)

This is for applicants who are normally at the early stage of their careers, but can show potential to make significant contributions in the future in their respective fields.

You may also qualify under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option.

Designated Competent Bodies are:
There are two stages in applying for the Global Talent Visa. On Stage 1, the applicant must obtain an endorsement from an approved endorsing body. The Designated Competent Bodies assess the application under either of the following routes.

The Designated Competent Bodies each have their own criteria for endorsement; however in most cases applicants will need to show substantial amounts of work and provide references and support from industry experts in their respective fields. Once the applicant gets an endorsement, they can then move onto Stage 2 which is the immigration application.

The key advantages of this route are that applicants can work for any employer without the need for being sponsored, run a business or be self-employed and are also free to change employers or business without informing the Home Office. In addition to this, the applicants do not need to satisfy maintenance funds requirements or English Language requirements for initial entry or leave to remain applications, with the exception of when applying for settlement.

Extension & Settlement

The duration of the visa is for any period, calculated in whole years upto 5 years on applicants choosing, giving them a greater flexibility in controlling the initial costs, particularly when paying the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). There is no maximum number of years, an individual can remain in the UK under this category.

The applicants must ensure that their endorsements are not withdrawn, have earned money in the UK from the expert field linked to their endorsement in the last grant of leave and not fall for refusal on general grounds like character and immigration history to qualify for an extension. If the applicants continue to meet these requirements and satisfy English Language and Life in the UK, they will be eligible to apply for ILR after spending continuous three years in the UK if the endorsement was under exceptional talent criteria or exceptional promise criteria but only for endorsing bodies for science, engineering, humanities and medicine or if they meet UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) endorsed funder fast track criteria.

For all those endorsements under exceptional promise route from Arts Council England or Tech Nation, will need to spend a continuous period of 5 years to be eligible to apply for Settlement in the UK. The continuous period calculation may also include time spent as a Tier 1 migrant (excluding Graduate Entrepreneur & Post Study) and Tier 2 migrant (excluding Intra Company Transfer). There will be other requirements for ILR such as absence requirements that applicants would need to meet.

How can we assist?

Our Immigration lawyers at City Legal have immense experience in assisting talented & promising individuals in obtaining endorsements in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture. We have also partnered with industry experts who work with us on a regular basis to assist our clients in preparing their endorsement application in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology as well as arts and culture.

We are a multi award winning law firm and pride ourselves in being approachable, innovative and always going that extra mile to make sure our clients receive the individual attention they deserve. Our Immigration team maintains a high reputation and is committed to provide clear, transparent and reliable advice to our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a Global Talent visa holder bring family members?

Global Talent visa holders are free to bring their dependent spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner. In addition to this, they may also bring their children who are under the age of 18.The dependent family members are also allowed to work or study.

How long have I got to apply for a UK visa after endorsement?

The UK visa application must be made within three months of the date you get your endorsement and you may apply for upto three months before you intend to travel. It is therefore advisable to set a date for your arrival in the UK and plan for your endorsement and UK visa application accordingly.

What are the restrictions on Global Talent visa?

The individuals granted with a Global Talent visa cannot claim any public funds in the UK. Moreover, they cannot work as a doctor, dentist in training, as a professional sportsperson or sports coach.

What is the timeframe to get an endorsement?

The applicants normally receive a decision in under 8 weeks and may be eligible to get a quicker decision if they are a digital technology specialist or have been accepted onto a recognised UK accelerator programme. It is also possible to make both endorsement and visa application at the same time, but is generally not recommended unless it is required to maintain applicants lawful residence in the UK.

What can I do if my Endorsement is refused?

Applicants can apply for an endorsement review from the relevant endorsement body free of charge if they want to challenge the endorsement refusal decision. Please refer to the endorsing body criteria set out by the Home Office prior to making the appeal.
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