GLOBAL TALENT VISA

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What is a Global Talent visa?

The Global Talent visa route is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, social science, medicine, digital technology and arts and culture (including architecture, fashion design and film and television) wishing to work in the UK. Applicants must be leaders in their field or have the potential to be leaders (hold exceptional promise), as determined by a Home Office approved endorsing body.

How do you make a Global Talent endorsement application?

An application for endorsement must be made under one of the fields below and must meet the endorsement requirements for that field as stipulated by the relevant endorsement body:

Arts and Culture

With a Global Talent visa, you can work in the UK if you are a leader or potential leader in one of the following arts and culture fields:

  • Combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre or visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Fashion design
  • Film and television, including animation, post production and visual effects

Check the full list of eligible arts and culture fields

You can also work in the UK on a Global Talent visa if you’ve won an eligible award in the fields of arts and culture, architecture, fashion design or film and television.

Arts and culture endorsements are issued by Arts Council England (ACE).  For an ACE application, the endorsement requirements differ depending on which body will assess the application. This will be either ACE, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), the British Fashion Council (BFC) or the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

If your discipline is covered by PACT, BFC or RIBA, your application will be transferred by Arts Council England to the relevant organisation for a specialist assessment.

Where appropriate, Arts Council England will liaise with the 3 national arts bodies covering Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Science, Engineering, Humanities, Social Science and Medicine

With a Global Talent visa, you can work in the UK in academia or research if you are a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities
  • Social Science
  • Medicine

An applicant for endorsement in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, social science or medicine must be an active researcher in an academic, industry or government research institution.

Check the full list of eligible science, engineering, humanities, social science and medicine fields

You can also work in the UK on a Global Talent visa if you’ve won an eligible award in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, social science or medicine.

Science, engineering, humanities, social science and medicine endorsements are issued by The British Academy (BA), The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE), The Royal Society (RS) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  The endorsement requirements differ depending on which body will assess the application.

    Further Information and FAQs

    • Is there a ‘fast track’ endorsement process?

      Tech Nation operates a ‘fast track’ endorsement option for digital technology applicants who can provide evidence of being accepted onto a recognised UK accelerator programme such as Antler, Bethnal Green Ventures, Carbon13, Collider, Creative Destruction Lab, Cylon, Entrepreneur First, Founders Academy, Founders Factory, Ignite, SETsquared, Startupbootcamp, techstars, Wayra or Zinc.

      Fast track (non peer-review) endorsements in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, social science or medicine can also be provided in any of the following circumstances:

      • You hold, or have held in the 5 years before the date of application, a peer reviewed research fellowship or award named on the list published by the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Academy
      • You have been appointed to an eligible academic or research position at an approved UK Higher Education Institution (HEI) or research institute named on the list published by the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the British Academy
      • You will be hosted or employed in a UK research organisation named on the UKRI published list and will provide critical contributions to work supported by a substantial research grant or award from an endorsed funder named on the UKRI published list

    • How long does the endorsement process take?

      You will usually get a decision about your endorsement within 5 weeks or within 3 weeks for a Tech Nation ‘fast track’ endorsement or within 1 week for the ‘fast track’ endorsement process in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, social science or medicine.

    • How long is a Global Talent visa valid for?

      The Global Talent visa will be granted for the period of years you request, up to a maximum of 5 years on each application.

      If you want to stay longer in the UK, there is no limit to how long you can stay in the UK in total, but you will need to extend your visa when it expires. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years – you choose how long you want the extension to be.

    • Are there any requirements to extend a Global Talent visa?

      To extend your Global Talent visa, each of the following requirements must be met:

      • You must have earned money in the UK during your last period of permission in either a field related to the subject matter of your prize if you were granted your initial application using a prize listed in Appendix Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes or in the field in which you were previously endorsed if you were granted your initial application using an endorsement; and
      • If you were granted your initial application using an endorsement, the endorsement letter issued by a Home Office approved endorsing body must not have been withdrawn and the endorsing body must continue to be approved by the Home Office.

    • Can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Global Talent visa holder?

      Yes, the Global Talent visa provides the opportunity to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) in the UK after having spent a 3-year continuous period in the UK. You must have spent a 5-year continuous period in the UK if you were endorsed under the exceptional promise criteria by Arts Council England or Tech Nation.

    • What can you do if you are not eligible for a Global Talent visa?

      If you’re not eligible for a Global Talent visa, there are other ways to work in the UK – for example, a Skilled Worker visa or a Creative Worker visa.

Why Viaje

Why use VIAJE for Global Talent visa matters?

Extensive experience across all categories of Global Talent visa applications including arts and culture, digital technology, science, engineering, medicine and humanities

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