Global Talent Visa: Documents and Other Basics

The UK’s New Points-Based Immigration Routes: Coming to Work: Global Talent Visa

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The Basics

Global Talent is a UK Immigration Route, which allows 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) to work in the UK. Applicants will either need to be leaders in their field or have the potential to become leaders.

It is up to endorsing body to decide whether or not you are a leader or a potential leader in the field. This category may lead to settlement in the UK. This means that a person can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and after holding it for 12 months they can apply for British citizenship. It is provided the person meets all the requirements.

I’ve explained the rules for this route in the previous article. I’ve elaborated on the Global Talent Applications in the Film Industry HERE.

In this article, I would like to cover various aspects of the application in more detail.


Why the Applications are Refused

Quite often endorsing bodies refuse the applications because the applicants:

  1. Do not submit enough documents in support of their application
  2. These documents are in the wrong format

For this reason, to avoid the refusal, you need to understand the evidential requirements rules, which the Home Office introduced for all Global Talent applicants.  These rules are simple and straightforward but often overlooked by those who provide these documents.


Documents from a Third Party

Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics
Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics

When you are requesting the third party to provide the documents in support of your application, you need to make sure that these documents are in the format, which the Home Office will accept.

The documents need to:

  1. Be dated;
  2. show the organisation logo and registered address;
  3. be signed by the third party, or an individual authorised by a third party organisation to respond on its behalf;
  4. be type (hand-written letter are not accepted);
  5. contain full contact details, including telephone number and email address, of the third party to so that the decision-maker can verify the documents, if needed;


What Will not Be Accepted

There are pieces of evidence, which will not be accepted in support of your application. They include:

  • DVDs, CDs or digital files;
  • documents that only show web links. If you would like to rely on the information given on a particular webpage as part of your supporting documents, you need to provide a printed copy of the page. This page will need to clearly show the URL for the page.
  • Documents, which are not in English or Welsh. You need to translate all foreign language documents. This has to be a certified translation that can be independently verified if required.


A Letter of Recommendation

There are certain types of Global Talent Visa applications, where you need to provide a letter of recommendation in support of your application.

This letter will need to:

(i) specifically, refer to and support the Global Talent application, not be a general, all-purpose letter

(ii) be a maximum length of 3 single sides of A4 paper, excluding the authors’ credentials and/or curriculum vitae.


Your CV

Your curriculum vitae will only be acceptable if it of 3 single sides of A4 paper long.

Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics
Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics

When decision-maker asks you to provide them with more documents, you have ten days to do so. If you need more time to obtain certain documents, you’ll need to contact the decision-maker as soon as possible and explain the situation. You’ll need to provide them with the time estimate indicating when you are likely to submit the requested documents.

However, you need to remember that it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that you provide all the documents in support of the application. The UK Immigration authorities are likely to refuse the application without requesting any further documents if there are grounds for believing that you don’t meet the requirements.


Length and Conditions of Your Visa

If your visa application is successful, you can get a visa for up to five years. It will depend on the time you requested. Unlike students who can remain in the UK only for a certain period of time (this will change after 2021), if you have a global talent visa, you can apply to extend your visa as many times as you please to.

You can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK after holding Global Talent Visa for five years.

Also, as with the majority of other applications, the Home Office will expect the applicants to meet certain conditions when remain in the UK:

  • you cannot claim benefits;
  • also, if your country is on the list, you’ll need to register with the police;
  • you cannot work as a doctor, dentist in training or as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach);
  • with some minor limitations, you can also study in the UK;



If you are already in the UK, you can ‘switch’ to the Global Talent if you qualify. Switching is a legal term, which defines the process of changing the immigration category while in the UK. For example, when a person came to the UK on Tier 4 (General) Visa and then married to a British citizen and applied for a British spouse visa – they ‘switched’.

You can switch to Global Talent Visa if you are already in the UK in one of the following categories:

  • Tier 1 Migrants
  • All Tier 2 categories
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker), sponsored in the Government Authorised Exchange sub-category in an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers
  • Start-up migrant
  • Innovator

If you are in the UK in any other Immigration category and still want to apply for Global Talent Visa, the Home Office expects you to leave the UK and then reapply from your country of origin.


Travelling During Your Application Process

Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics
Global Talent Visa Documents and Other Basics

You can travel while your stage 1 application is outstanding (the endorsement stage). However, if you have submitted a stage 2 (visa stage), extension or settlement application, travelling outside of the Common Travel Area will mean that your application is automatically withdrawn.

Global Talent Visa: Documents and Other Basics