The Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa’s new ‘avatar’ was unveiled in February 2020 – the route now known as the Global Talent Visa.
Shortly after, the coronavirus pandemic took the world by storm. The impact of the Global Talent visa was overshadowed by the ongoing global crisis. But as lockdowns ease, and life and business begins to get back to normal, the Global Talent visa is once again actively providing opportunities for employers who need to recruit top skills from abroad.
The Global Talent visa is a UK immigration category for promising and talented individuals in specific sectors including the sciences, the humanities, engineering, the arts, and technology, who are looking to work in the UK.
To gain entry under the Global Talent visa route, applicants should normally seek an endorsement from one endorsing bodies, formally recognised by the UK Home Office.
Those who have won an eligible prize from the Home Office’s specified list can also apply under the route, without an endorsement.
If you are seeking an endorsement in the fields of academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology, the Home Office will require an endorsement from one of the approved endorsing bodies, which include the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). These bodies are in a position to consider your application, on the strength of the evidence you supply, and, if you meet their criteria, issue an endorsement which will be used in support of your visa application.
If you are applying for entry clearance, you must score the 70 points in one of the following ways:
If you are applying for leave to remain you will score the 70 points:
Under the Immigration Rules (Appendix Global Talent) the following suitability requirements must be met:-
The Global Talent visa comes with many advantages, offering recourse to work in the UK for the applicant, as well as flexible options for employers seeking to hire emerging or promising talent from across the globe within their business sector.
The route offers relief for UK employers who, if employing a Global Talent Migrant, do not need to secure a sponsor licence and do not need to sponsor the individual. The Global Talent visa route offers flexibility and widens opportunities for employers and employees. With restrictions on the overall number of possible endorsements being removed (in contrast to its predecessor, the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa), limitless candidates can now successfully apply from around the world.
Employers can change roles, and the candidate can change employer, without seeking permission from the Home Office. They can also enter self-employment, set up a company, and/or earn additional income from consultancy or other sources.
With a Global Talent visa, one can apply for a visa to live and work for up to five years at a time, with the option to extend visa, multiple times. The route also offers a fast-track settlement route after 3 years of residency in the UK, for eligible applicants.
If your family members meet the eligibility criteria for dependant visas, you can bring them to stay with you.
Applicants for a Global Talent visa do not need to provide evidence of English language proficiency for entry clearance or leave to remain. For Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), they will need to prove English proficiency, at B1 level in speaking and listening, as defined in the Council of Europe’s common European framework for language and learning, unless an exemption applies.
There is no minimum level of personal funds required for the Global Talent visa. Evidence of your finances will not normally be required for the application.
After 3-5 years continuous residence on a Global Talent visa, one will have established a personal route to apply for Settlement, and eventually, apply for British citizenship.
There are 2 stages you must complete when applying for a Global Talent visa
Stage 1: Apply for, and secure an endorsement from one of the endorsing bodies approved by the Home Office (not applicable to those who have secured an eligible prize from the Home Office’s approved list)
Stage 2: Complete your visa application
The success of a UK Global Talent visa depends upon you securing an endorsement, where required.
A fast-track application is possible in some circumstances, including:-
*Currently UKRI also have a temporary concession outside the immigration rules which covers covid-19 researchers.
If the decision-making authorities are satisfied that all the suitability and eligibility requirements for the Global Talent visa route are met by the visa applicant, the application will be granted; otherwise the application will be refused.
If the application is refused the person can apply for an Administrative Review (under Appendix AR: Administrative Review)
Conclusion: If you are an emerging or promising talent… what are you waiting for? The UK is the place for you to channel your talent.
The Global Talent visa application requires a proactive approach and rigorous effort to document your eligibility and suitability. It would be highly advisable to seek assistance from immigration experts to help through the stages of the process.
At A Y & J Solicitors our experts are specialized in the Global Talent visa application process and have experience handling such cases. We have a proven track record of advising and representing successful applicants looking to remain or enter the UK, using the Global Talent visa route.