The new Global Talent Visa (previously known as the Exceptional Talent Visa) allows exceptionally talented individuals from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) to come to the UK. You must be:
The Global Talent Visa is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture) wishing to work in the UK.
An endorsing body approved by the Home Office determines whether applicants are leaders in their field, or have the potential to be leaders. You must be able to speak English to a high level.
Your application will be reviewed by an organisation that is related to your qualifying field, called an ‘endorsing body’. Following endorsement, you can go on to apply for the Global Talent Visa.
The fields covered and endorsing bodies are:
If your qualifying field is fashion, architecture or film and television, Arts Council England will pass on your application for review to:
We are experienced in preparing and submitting well-evidenced, successful applications to the Home Office. The evidence required for the Global Talent Visa is vitally important at the endorsement stage and we will help you with this.
It is worth noting that there is an Endorsement Review mechanism if you fail to obtain endorsement by the relevant body in your field.
This is a two stage process. Firstly, endorsement, and then the application.
You’ll usually get a decision on endorsement within 8 weeks. Most people apply at the same time for endorsement and for the Visa.
A faster decision may be made if you are a digital technology specialist or have been accepted onto a recognised UK accelerator programme.
Similarly, you may also get a faster decision if you:
You will be granted a maximum of 5 years' leave. You can request the length of leave you wish to be granted - between 1 and 5 years. Contact us today if you have any questions about the Global Talent / Exceptional Talent Visa.
No. You must extend your leave under the new Global Talent route but you can use a valid endorsement given under the old Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa rules to apply for a Global Talent visa.
Yes. However, there are restrictions depending on where you are studying. It is therefore important to check this before applying.
Yes. Most people on the Global Talent Visa will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (or settlement) after five years in the UK on this route. For some endorsed by scientific bodies, the period is three years, not five.