Updates to the Global Talent and Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes UK visa routes

Personal Immigration, 9 March 2023

The Global Talent UK visa route is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture), science, engineering, humanities, social science, medicine and digital technology wishing to work in the UK. ‘Talent’ applicants are already leaders in their respective field, while ‘promise’ applicants have the potential to become leaders in their field.

Changes to endorsement criteria and evidential requirements

Arts Council England

At the request of Arts Council England, the evidential requirements for arts and culture endorsements are being amended to: include a CV to assist the endorsing body in understanding what stage an applicant is at in their arts and culture career to date and to include a requirement that exceptional promise applicants must be at an early stage in their career, to mirror a similar requirement in the endorsement requirements for applicants in science, engineering, humanities and medicine. This is to clarify that applicants at later stages of their careers should apply under the exceptional talent endorsement criteria.

As agreed with Arts Council England and their sub-endorsing body, the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), the requirements for film and television applicants are being amended to clarify that an applicant who cannot evidence that they have won or been nominated for a “main award” (Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe or Emmy) needs to evidence all of international distribution sales, media recognition and a combination of Notable Industry Recognition awards to be endorsed under the notable industry recognition pathway.

As agreed with Arts Council England and their sub-endorsing body, British Fashion Council, an error is being corrected which prevented the consideration of a nomination or place on a shortlist for an international award for excellence. This was erroneously removed during a previous amendment.

British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society (The National Academies)

At the request of the National Academies, the evidential requirements for the full peer review (non ‘fast track’) pathway are being amended to:

  • Remove the option for an applicant to demonstrate they are a member of a UK or a foreign national academy. This change is in response to low numbers of applications that meet these criteria and reports of confusion among applicants who erroneously reference their membership of a professional body, subject association, or a learned society rather than an appropriate national or foreign academy; and
  • Remove the option for an applicant to demonstrate they have been awarded an internationally recognised prize. Applicants who hold a prize which would have met this requirement can already apply under the Prestigious Prize pathway, a simpler option where they would not be required to provide any additional evidence; and
  • Require all peer review exceptional talent applicants to provide an academic assessment of their skills and experience in the relevant sector. This document differs from the mandatory letter of recommendation as the contents should include an independent assessment of the applicant’s work rather than a personal letter of recommendation from an individual with extensive knowledge of the applicant’s work. The author, who must be a senior member of a UK organisation concerned with research in the applicant’s field, should, as far as it is practicable, not have a personal relationship with the applicant and should only know the applicant through reputation in that given field; and
  • Remove the requirement that peer review exceptional promise applicants need to have been awarded or have held a UK based research fellowship, international fellowship or advanced post. The recent expansion of the ‘fast track’ route for those with a qualifying fellowship and the alternative UKRI pathway have removed the necessity of this requirement in demonstrating exceptional promise.

Global Talent: Prestigious Prizes

Applicants who hold a qualifying prize are able to qualify without the need to obtain an endorsement from one of the Global Talent endorsing bodies. In the opinion of the relevant expert bodies, the prizes listed demonstrate irrefutable evidence of prize holders being at the pinnacle of their profession.

To be eligible, prizes must be given to named individuals, and therefore the list does not include prestigious awards for specific works, such as an award-winning film, or to whole organisations. Prizes included must also be open to all nationalities and winners must be determined by experts or peers, rather than a public vote.

With agreement from Arts Council England, the Golden Globes have been renamed and reordered to reflect more accurately their formal titles and better align with the presentation of other awards in the same field, such as the BAFTAS in the list.

As agreed with Arts Council England, the Olivier Award for Best Original Score or New Orchestrations has been added. This award was introduced in 2014 and is the successor to the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.

Other changes to the list of acceptable prestigious prizes as agreed with the Royal Society, British Academy and Royal Academy of Engineering are:

  • The renaming of the Silver Award as the Princess Royal Silver Award. Any prizes awarded under the previous name remain acceptable under the route.
  • For clarity, the Robert Koch Medal and Award has been split into two distinct prestigious prizes.

The list will be kept under review and may be revised in future updates to the Immigration Rules.

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