Post-Brexit Britain needs you. Now that the UK has officially left the EU and entered a mere 11 month transition period, the race to reconfigure the immigration system to ensure, as a country, we attract the talent employers desperately require has begun. On 30 January 2020, the Government introduced a Statement of Change to the Immigration Rules. Its purpose is to introduce a new Global Talent category under the Innovator Visa and Startup Visa for talented and promising individuals in specific sectors wishing to work in the UK, replacing the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
“These reforms follow an announcement by the Prime Minister on 8 August 2019, setting out the Government’s intention to develop a new fast-track immigration offer for the brightest and best within the science and research sector, to ensure the UK is the most attractive country to live in and develop new ideas – which also recognises the importance of science and research to the modern industrial strategy and the Government’s stated objectives to increase GDP to 2.4% by 2027. These changes represent the first phase of reforms to achieve these objectives.”
The changes will take place on 20 February 2020. If you have applied for endorsement, entry clearance, leave to enter, or leave to remain under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa before this date, your application will be decided per the Immigration Rules in force on 19 February 2020.
Global talent is defined in the Statement of Change as:
“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 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.”
Global Talent applicants Guidance must gain written endorsement from government-approved endorsing bodies. The existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsing bodies (the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation and Arts Council England) will be joined by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the new Global Talent category.
In addition, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
Unlike those applying for an Innovator Visa or Startup Visa, applicants do not have to meet an English language requirement.
Those applying for endorsement through Tech Nation must provide:
Furthermore, the Global Talent visa route does not form part of the points-based-system, so applicants will not be required to meet a certain number of points to qualify.
The entry route is also made more attractive in that the simplification of the route (as compared to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) means that applicants will not have to pay an additional six months healthcare surcharge.
The Home Office guidance has not been published yet, and we hope to see these soon. Stay connected for more changes or information.
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