Global Talent Visa
A new and exciting Global Talent UK Immigration Route has been introduced 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 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, as determined by an endorsing body. This category may lead to settlement in the UK.
For those, who will be applying for the first time, the application process is divided into two stages:
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 applicant will be allowed to proceed to
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.
The stage 2 application should be made within a maximum of 3 months from the receipt of the grant letter from the endorsing body.
Who Can Endorse an Application?
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.
If applicants work as a fashion designer or architect, they can apply too. Applications from fashion designers are assessed by the British Fashion Council (BFC). Applications from architects are assessed by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
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
Lengths of Visa
What is interesting here is that, as, with the Innovator category, there is no time limit on these types of applications. This means that the applicants can remain in the UK for as long as they wish for, provided they continue meeting the requirements.
Can Global Talent Holders Apply for Settlement?
YES! Some can do it in even 3 years if the last endorsement was given under the “exceptional talent” criteria for any endorsing body.
Also, the applicants can settle after 3 years if the last endorsement was given 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 given under the UKRI “, endorsed funder” fast track criteria.
And 5 years if the last endorsement was given under the “exceptional promise” criteria for Arts Council England or Tech Nation.
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.