Global Talent Visa Category Launched In The UK

Author:Mr Andrew Osborne
Profession:Ius Laboris

The UK introduced a new 'Global Talent' visa category on 20 February 2020. This article sets out details of who is eligible and what is new about the application procedure.

The Global Talent visa launched on 20 February 2020 after being announced by the Government in August last year.

Novel features of the Global Talent category include that it has no cap on applications and offers fast-tracked entry and settlement for eligible applicants within the science and research sectors.

Like the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent category, the Global Talent category is also available to those with proven talent or promise in the areas of digital technology, arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture).

The Government hopes to attract more top talent globally across the fields the visa covers. The expanded offering also aims to limit the impact the UK's departure from the EU will have on the ability of scientists and researchers to live and work in the UK after the implementation period, particularly when combined with proposed changes to the immigration route for skilled workers (currently Tier 2).

Details of the Global Talent visa

Specifics of the category, as set out in Immigration Rules published on 30 January include:

Adding UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) as an endorsing body for scientists and researchers who will be hosted at, or employed by UK research organisations approved by UKRI. Requiring eligible applicants to have an endorsement from UKRI, or one of the bodies approved previously under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, namely the Royal Society, the British Academy, The Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation and the Arts Council England. Enabling UKRI to provide fast-tracked endorsement to scientists and researchers considered to be making a 'critical contribution' to projects that have either received a substantial research grant or funding from an organisation set out in the Immigration Rules. Enabling the other endorsing bodies to fast-track endorsements where the applicant has been awarded a fellowship under an expanded list of recognised fellowships. Easing the restrictions on what specific...

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