The UK Global Talent Visa was created to attract leaders or potential leaders in the fields of science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology, or arts and culture (this includes film and television, fashion design, and architecture).
Promising individuals in one of these areas must be recognized as such by a Home Office endorsing body. If they are successful in their application, the Global Talent independent program visa will allow them to live and work in the UK for 5 years.
The UK Global Talent visa replaces the Tier 1 UK Exceptional Talent visa.
Talented individuals won’t be able to apply for the UK Global Talent visa if they haven’t applied for an endorsement first. The endorsement must be carried out by a Home Office endorsing body. It serves to prove that these talented individuals are actually leaders or potential leaders in science, engineering, humanities, medicine, digital technology, or arts and culture.
Talented individuals must apply for the UK Global Talent visa within 3 months after the date on the endorsement letter.
UK Global Talent visa eligibility may also depend on what kind of awards the talented individual has won. Some prizes for achievements in arts and sciences make them qualify for the UK Global Talent visa without an endorsement. Check the list of eligible awards here.
Applicants for the replacement of the UK exceptional talent visa must have at least a B1 level of English (as defined in the Council of Europe’s common European framework for language and learning).
There are several ways of meeting the English language requirement for the UK Global Talent visa route:
Successful applicants for this sucessor of the UK exceptional talent visa can choose how much time they want to spend in the UK (up to 5 years on each Global Talent visa application).
During that time, they can study under the ATAS condition and work as they wish. They can do voluntary work or be self-employed. The only restriction is that they can’t work as a professional sportsperson (including as a sports coach).
They can’t have access to public funds in any way.
Global Talent visa fees include:
These Global Talent visa fees are also required if the applicant wants to include their family members as dependants in their application.
The Global Talent visa application process starts with the talented individual’s endorsement. Once they have an endorsement letter from an organization approved by the Home Office, they can start the Global Talent visa application process no more than 3 months after receiving the letter.
The Global Talent visa application can be done online or at a visa application center. In any case, the applicant will be required to prove their identity. Depending on the applicant’s home country and type of passport, they may need to:
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Applicants from outside the EU, EEA, or Switzerland (or from the EU, EEA, or Switzerland without a biometric passport) will need a blank page in their passport to add the visa.
Required documents that are not in English or Welsh must be translated by a professional translator or translation agency. It must be a certified translation from an entity that the Home Office can verify. For that, contact details of the person or company who translated the documents will be necessary.
Applicants for the UK Global Talent visa can bring certain family members as “dependants”. These family members are:
Each family member must cover their own Global Talent visa application fees and healthcare surcharge. They will also need to provide their biometric information.
Although they must apply separately, they must provide the main applicant’s application number so that they will be considered “dependants” of that UK Global Talent visa applicant.
If the UK Global Talent visa holder’s endorsement or award is not withdrawn, they can apply to extend this visa.
In order to do this, they must show that they’ve earned money in their expert field during their stay in the UK, for example by providing payslips, personal bank or building society statements, a letter from a fully qualified chartered accountant or certified accountant who is a member of a registered body in the UK, etc.
There is no specific document that is 100% required as evidence, it depends on the visa holder’s situation and what they have access to.
It’s important to note that UK Global Talent visa holders can extend their visa for up to 5 years at a time, but they can extend it as many times as they like, provided that they still meet the requirements to stay in the UK under this visa.
It is possible for UK Global Talent visa holders to apply for a permanent stay in the UK if they’ve been working there for at least 3 years. This is called “indefinite leave to remain” and is an essential step for obtaining British citizenship in the future.
If the talented individual is in the UK with another visa and starts meeting the Global Talent visa requirements, for example if they win an award or receive an endorsement, they can apply to switch to the Global Talent visa, as long as they weren’t previously staying in the UK as:
If that’s their case, they can leave the UK and apply for the UK Global Talent visa from abroad.
Results for the talented individual’s Global Talent visa application can be delivered to the applicant within 3 weeks (if they applied from outside the UK) or 8 weeks (if they applied from inside the UK).
There may be some delays. Applicants can check current visa decision waiting times online.
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