The Global Talent Visa is an attractive route towards Permanent Residence in the UK for eligible applicants working in the field of science, engineering, humanities and the arts. It is open to individuals who demonstrate an aptitude to be world-leading or internationally recognised in their field.
The Global Talent Visa replaces what was formerly known as the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent (or Promise) Visa.
If you meet the requirements for this visa, you can renew it before it expires there is no limit to how many times you can renew the Global Talent Visa. An extension can last from 1 to 5 years, depending on how long you need your visa to last. After 3 or 5 years you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain so you can consider other routes if you are looking to settle in the UK.
You should apply within three months of receiving the letter of endorsement from the Home Office and the application can be made up to three months before you intend to travel to the United Kingdom.
There are 6 different endorsing bodies depending on what your field is: the Arts Council of England, The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, the Tech Nation, the British Academy and the UK Research and Innovation. If you are applying for a visa based on an endorsement you will need to pay a fee to the relevant body before applying to the Home Office.
You can apply for ILR after living and working in the UK on this visa for at least 3 years as a recognised leader (exceptional talent) or at least 5 years as an emerging leader (exceptional promise).
Yes, you can bring your dependants to the UK which are: your partner (spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner), child under the age of 18 and/or if your child is over 18 years of age, he/she should be currently residing in the UK.
A Global Talent Visa allows you to stay in the UK for up to 5 years.
Once you have applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, a decision on a Global Talent Visa will usually take 3 weeks if you're outside the UK, or 8 weeks if you're inside the UK. You can check the Home Office guide processing times to find out how long obtaining a visa might take in your country here.
Subject to submitting all the relevant documents within the required time and no further enquiries being raised by the endorsing body, the application will be decided within 28 days.
In the case that your endorsement application would be refused, you may request a review of your application. Usually, this would involve appealing to the Home Office which in turn will consult with the endorsing body. You have 28 days following a refusal to submit a review request.
Yes, you can switch to the Global Talent category within the United Kingdom if you were granted leave to remain in either: Tier 1, Tier 2 (now the Skilled Worker, or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker), Start-up or Innovator category.
Yes, you can be self-employed, work for an employer or be the director of a company in the field you were endorsed. You can change jobs without informing the Home Office as long as you continue working in the field you were endorsed.
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