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Global Talent Visa

Global Talent Visa United Kingdom

The Global Talent visa is a visa pathway offered by the United Kingdom to gifted individuals working in the fields of academia or research, arts and culture, and digital technology. In order to secure your visa, you need to demonstrate exceptional talent or exceptional promise in these areas. The key step required to obtain the Global Talent visa is securing an endorsement from one of UK organisations with expertise in your field.

What areas of expertise are eligible for the Global Talent visa?

This visa will suit gifted individuals from a variety of backgrounds. Please see below for an overview:

  • Academia or research: science, medicine, engineering, humanities.
  • Arts and culture: dance, music, theatre, visual arts (including museums and galleries), literature, combined arts, fashion design, architecture, film and television.
  • Digital technology: financial technology, gaming, cyber security, artificial intelligence, education technology (EdTech), human resources technology (HR Tech).

Please note that the list is regularly updated and there are more sectors that can be considered under this route.

How do I determine my eligibility for the Global Talent visa?

Your need to demonstrate exceptional talent (i.e. you are a leader in your field) or exceptional promise (i.e. you are an emerging leader in your field) in your area of expertise to be eligible for the visa.

To determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria, you will first need to apply for an endorsement by one of UK organisations with expertise in your field. If your application for endorsement is successful, you can then apply for the visa itself.

Our team can help you to determine how best to apply for endorsement in your specific case. The process will vary depending on your area of expertise.

I have secured an endorsement from an appropriate UK institution. What happens next?

You can now apply for your Global Talent visa. Apart from the endorsement papers, you will also need a valid passport or other ID. Your partner and children may travel with you or join you in the UK, but they will need to apply separately.

How long does it take to get a decision on a Global Talent visa?

It can take up to 28 days for the relevant endorsing body to process your endorsement application. Once you have applied for your visa, UKVI will usually make a decision within 3 weeks.

How long can I stay in the UK on the Global Talent visa?

You can reside and work in the UK for up to 5 years, after which you can extend your visa indefinitely. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years at a time. You may also be able to get indefinite leave to remain (permission to live, work, and study in the UK for as long as you like without a visa) after 3 or 5 years, depending on the type of your endorsement.

Do you require legal support in applying for your Global Talent visa? Fill out our Quick Consultation form below or call us at +44 (0) 208 332 2069.

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