Global Talent Visa
Global Talent Visa

Global Talent Visa

The Home Office introduced a new and exciting Global Talent UK Immigration Route on 20.02.2020. This category is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts, and also culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture) wishing to work in the UK.

Applicants will need to be leaders in their field or have the potential to be leaders. Endorsing Bodies will be determining this. This category may lead to settlement in the UK.


Application process

For those, who will be applying for the first time, the application process will consists of two stages:

Stage 1:

Although this application should be sent to the Home Office, it will then be sent to an endorsing body to assesses the applicant’s skills, abilities and achievements. The endorsing body will assess the application and then advise the Home Office of their decision.

All successful applicants can proceed to

Stage 2:

Now the applicants will need to make their application directly to the Home Office asking for permission to enter or remain in the UK in Global Talent Visa Category.

However, you’ll need to make your stage 2 application within a maximum of 3 months from the receipt of the grant letter from the endorsing body.


Who Can Endorse an Application?

Global Talent Visa
Global Talent Visa

Arts Council England is designated as an endorsing body by the Home Office to assess applications for endorsement from people who work in the fields of arts and culture. This includes combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts (including those working in an artistic context in galleries and museums (not including museums focused work)).

Those who work in the film, television, animation, post-production and visual effects industries can also apply. These applications are assessed by the Producers’ Alliance for Film and Television (PACT). However, applicants cannot apply for ‘exceptional promise’ if they work in these fields.

Also, if applicants work as a fashion designer or architect, they can apply too. The British Fashion Council (BFC) will assess applications from fashion designers. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) will consider applications from architects.

There are five other organisations designated as endorsing bodies by the UKVI to assess applications from people working in other specialist areas:

The Royal Society – for natural and medical science applications.

The Royal Academy of Engineering – for engineering applications

The British Academy – for humanities and social science applications

Tech Nation – for digital technology applications

UK Research and Innovation – for science and innovation applications


Global Talent Visa
Global Talent Visa

Lengths of Visa

What is interesting here is that, as, with the Innovator category, there is no time limit on these types of applications. In other words, the applicants can remain in the UK for as long as they wish for. It is provided they continue meeting the requirements, of course.


Can Global Talent Holders Apply for Settlement?

YES! Some can do it in even 3 years if the last endorsement was under the “exceptional talent” criteria for any endorsing body.

Also, the applicants can settle after 3 years if the last endorsement was under the “exceptional promise” criteria for the endorsing bodies for science, engineering, humanities and medicine.

Additionally, 3 years to settlement to applicants, if their last endorsement was under the UKRI “, endorsed funder” fast track criteria.

And 5 years if the last endorsement was under the “exceptional promise” criteria for Arts Council England or Tech Nation.


Global Talent Visa
Global Talent Visa

How Much Does it Cost to Apply?

For the 1st (endorsement) stage, all applicants will need to pay £456. For the 2nd stage, it is £152 unless an Applicant is from Macedonia or Turkey. In this case, they’ll only need to pay £97.


All applicants, wishing to join their Global Talent Visa relatives (spouses and children under 18) will need to pay £608, irrespective of their nationality.


Do the Applicants Need to Pay Immigration Health Surcharge

Yes, the applicants and their dependents for the duration of their visa. It is currently £400 per year. So, if they apply for 5 years, they’ll need to pay £2,000. If they apply with a spouse and a child, they’ll need to pay £6,000.


Further Help

And finally, if you consider making your UK visa application yourself, you’ll greatly benefit by attending one of online courses guiding you through the process. You can get more information and instant access HERE.

Global Talent Visa