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Global Talent Visa
The UK wants to attract the best and brightest people in the world and so this visa is available if you’ve been endorsed in your field of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts. You must either be a recognised leader (exceptional talent) or an emerging leader (exceptional promise.)
There’s a 2-stage process to get this visa. First you need to apply to one of the Endorsing Bodies for endorsement as a leader, or an emerging leader, in your particular field.
Depending on your field of specialism, you will need to apply the following endorsing bodies:
- The Royal Society, for science and medicine.
- The Royal Academy of Engineering, for engineering.
- The British Academy, for humanities.
- Tech Nation, for digital technology.
- Arts Council England, for arts and culture.
- UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for research applicants.
Once you have been endorsed, you can then apply for this visa. After your endorsement, the earliest you can apply for your visa is 3 months before you travel and you should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks of applying.
There are different fees to pay for each stage of the application process. Our immigration solicitors will be able to advise you on exactly how much when you apply. You will also have to pay a healthcare surcharge.
Once you receive this visa, you can stay in the UK for up to 5 years and 4 months if you apply from outside the UK. But if you make your application from within the UK the maximum time you can stay is 5 years exactly. You can apply to extend this visa for another 5 years and you can apply for settlement or permanent residence once you have been here for 3 (as exceptional talent) or 5 (as exceptional promise) years.
With this visa you can work for an employer, as a director of a company or be self-employed; change jobs without telling the Home Office; do voluntary work; travel abroad and return to the UK; bring family members with you. But there are restrictions with this visa including not being able to access public funds and there are a couple of jobs you cannot do.
Our specialist immigration lawyers will be able to advise and guide you through the complex evidence that is required for this visa, whether in the field of technology or elsewhere. We will be with you every step of the way.
If you need guidance on immigration law, contact our experienced immigration solicitors today on: 020 7427 5970 or [email protected].