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Global Talent Visa UK

Global Talent visa for the UK for a leader or potential leader.

Get help if you are a leader in science, digital technology, humanities, engineering or the arts.

The UK Government launched Global Talent route on 20 February 2020 with a view to attract highly skilled individuals with specialist skills.UK wishes to attract recognised global leaders, and the leaders of tomorrow in science, humanities, engineering, the arts (including film, fashion design and architecture) and digital technology, enriching the UK's knowledge, economy and society.

Global Talent Visas replaced Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visas under current points based system for the non-EU citizens.

What is Global Talent Visa for the UK?

Global Talent Visa is a UK immigration route for highly talented individuals who can demonstrate that they are global leader in their respective field and have peer endorsement in the form of an international award or a national award recognised internationally.

Top scientists and researchers will be able to benefit from a quicker endorsement process as part of a fast-track STEM scheme, for which the Government will set up a cross-departmental unit called the "Office for Talent" to make it easier for leading global scientists, researchers and innovators to come and live and work in the UK.

Global Talent Visa Eligibility Requirements.

You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you're already an established leader or you are someone who can demonstrate a promise to be a potential leader in academia, research, arts, culture or digital technology.

Global Talent Visa application is a two-stage process and actual visa application is the second stage. The first stage of the visa process is to apply for an endorsement from an Home Office approved Endorsing Body.

Apply for an Endorsement from an Approved Endorsing Body.

If you have not been granted Tier 1 Exceptional visa or Global Talent visa earlier and it this is your initial application, you will need to apply for an Endorsement from a competent endorsing body.

The home office has approved six UK organisations as the approved endorsing bodies for the global talent visa. If you plan to migrate to the UK under global talent visa, you must have endorsement from an appropriate endorsing body.

When you submit the online application to the Home Office, for the endorsement, Home Office will forward your application to the appropriate endorsing body.

For understanding full process of applying for endorsement and what supporting documents you will need please visit Endorsement Process for Global Talent Visa

The endorsing body will assess your skills, abilities and achievements and decide whether or not an endorsement letter should be issued to you.

You will need to pay the endorsement fee of £456 when you submit the application for endorsement.

Apply for Global Talent Visa

You can apply for global talent visa only after you have received the Endorsement Letter from the Endorsing Body. You must apply for global talent visa within three months of receipt of the endorsement letter.

You will need to pay the visa application fee, which is currently £152. If your dependant partner or children under 18 are applying for a dependant visa at the same time, you will need to pay £608 for each person additionally.

You also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. This is currently £624 per year for each person applying.

Can you Switch to Global Talent Visa while in the UK?

If you are currently in the UK under any of the following eligible visa category, you may be able to switch to global talent visa:

  1. Tier 1 visa,
  2. Tier 2 or work permit visa,
  3. Tier 5 visa,
  4. Tier 4, except Short Term Student Visa,
  5. Start Up visa, or
  6. Innovator visa

Due to Covid-19 pandemic there is a temporary concession for individuals undertaking COVID-19 related research till 31 January 2021 for the applicants who will be hosted or employed in a UKRI approved UK research organisation as listed in UK Immigration Rules. You will be able to switch into the global talent route from any category. Please contact us if you feel you may be eligible to switch to global talent visa under this concession.

Can you Switch to Other Work Visa while in the UK?

You may be able to switch to any other eligible visa category from the Global Talent visa within the UK.

Can you extend Global Talent Visa?

You can apply for the extension of your global talent visa so long as your endorsement has not been withdrawn and you can demonstrate that you have earned money during your current visa. If you are currently in the UK under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, you will need to apply for extension under global talent visa.

You do not need to apply for endorsement again at the time of extension as the same endorsement will be valid if it has not been withdrawn by the endorsing body.

Please note that there is no time limit on global talent visa which means you can stay on this visa for longer than five years if you do not wish to apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK. While this is a possibility our advice would be to apply for ILR or Settlement as soon as you complete qualifying period of stay in the UK under global talent visa.

Can you Apply for Indefinite Leave To Remain after Global Talent Visa?

You can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK once you complete qualifying continuous stay in the UK. You can combine your stay under other eligible categories towards calculation of qualifying continuous stay in the UK.

Can you Bring Your Dependent Family Members under Global Talent Visa?
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Your spouse or partner and dependant children under the age of 18 can apply at the same time as you or can join you later as your dependants.

Your dependants will also be able to apply for ILR once they complete the required stay and do not fall for refusal.

If you want to apply or want to know more about Global Talent visas, please contact us today. HSMP Services has been providing UK immigration services to highly skilled migrants since 2004 when the original HSMP (Highly Skilled Migrant Programme) was in operation.

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