The Global talent visa offers you abundant opportunities to work in the UK if you are an emerging talent or a promising talent and have made outstanding contributions to your particular field.

To get a Global Talent visa endorsement you must prove your applications genuineness through a rigorous assessment done by the six endorsing bodies authorised by the UK Home Office.

These endorsing bodies dedicatedly work to test your application and based on the evidential proof, the decision on your application is made.

The six endorsing bodies for a Global Talent visa are:

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Royal Society
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The British Academy
  • Tech Nation
  • Arts Council England

The procedure of endorsement for a Global talent visa

You may apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you are a leader or emerging leader in either of the following fields:

  1. academia or research
  • Science
  • medicine
  • engineering
  • humanities

2. arts and culture

  • combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre or visual arts
  • architecture
  • fashion design
  • film and television, including animation, post-production and visual effects

3. digital technology

  • financial technology (‘fintech’)
  • gaming
  • cybersecurity
  • artificial intelligence

You must also be at least 18 years of age to begin your application.

There are two stages of application for a Global Talent visa

Stage 1: Endorsement

Stage 2: Visa application

Let us understand the endorsement process- Stage 1

There are four major routes to endorsement under the Global Talent category applicable to different roles:

  • Endorsed funders route:  it is for those researchers who make outstanding contributions to work supported by grants from a recognised funder. Eligible applicants will be fast-tracked to the Home Office visa application stage with minimum evidence to be shown, where they meet the eligibility criteria. The Home Office will be responsible for assessing endorsed funded applications
  • Senior Research appointments: endorsement for applicants who have a job offer as a professor, associate professor, senior group leader or equivalent at any UK institution or recognised research institute, by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and The Royal Society. The academic, research or innovation leadership and development category is for applicants in senior leadership positions at a faculty or institutional level
  • Applicants with fellowships:  endorsement for those individuals with fellowship either current or held within the last 12 months, in the subject approved by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.
  • Seeking Peer review:  applications review and endorsed by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society. Individuals can choose to be considered under either exceptional talent or exceptional promise. It is not a fast-track route. You must be an active researcher in your field.

Let us see how to make a Visa application – Stage 2

Once endorsement has been successful and granted, the applicant can now proceed with the visa application. The visa application must be made online within three months from the date endorsement was granted. If you are unable to make an application within three month’s time, your current endorsement will expire and you will be required to make a fresh endorsement application and then proceed for visa application. 

At the time of application, if you overlooked the three month’s criteria you could lose your chance to apply for a successful Global talent visa application. Your hard work, time and resources would be in vain. It is therefore recommended that you must seek expert legal advice. A Y & J Solicitors are the best immigration lawyers who have successfully represented many clients for Global talent visa applications. Their expert approach will help you get a Global talent visa hassle-free.

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