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You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you are a leader or a potential leader in the fields of academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology. You must be at least 18 years old to apply for the Global Talent visa and your family (partner and children under the age of 18), can join you as your dependents.
To get this visa, there are two stages; stage 1 would involve obtaining endorsement from a recognised endorsing body, (unless you’ve won an eligible award); and stage 2 would be your immigration application.
The Global Talent visa leads to permanent residency so you may be able to get indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after three or five years, depending on the field you work in and how you apply. This gives you the right to live, work and study in the UK for as long as you want. To be eligible for ILR you must have spent continuous period of five years in the UK and must have spent no more than 180 days outside the UK in any 12 months. You must also meet the English language requirement and pass the Life in the UK test.
You can live and work in the UK for up to five years at a time without any restriction. The global talent visa does not require sponsorship from an employer so you can work for any suitable employer or own and run your own business. There’s no limit to how long you can stay in total, but you will need to extend your UK Global Talent visa when it expires. Each extension can last from one to five years, depending on your requirements.
Yes, the Global Talent visa allows you to work in the UK in academia, research, science, medicine, engineering, humanities, digital tech, arts, or culture.
As a Global Talent visa holder, you can also set up a business or work for yourself too. There are no restrictions on your employment, unlike other sponsored routes such as the Skilled Worker visa or the Global Business Mobility routes for instance.
Unlike other visa categories, having a job offer is not one of the eligibility requirements for the Global Talent visa. You will either need to be endorsed by an endorsing body or have won an eligible award to be able to apply for this visa, along with meeting other criteria.
If you want to apply for settlement (ILR) from the Global Talent visa route, you must not have spent more than 180 days outside of the UK in any 12-month period during the time on your visa. However, if you have spent time outside the UK to do work or research, then this time may not be counted if you were endorsed by the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, British Academy, UK Research and Innovation, or if you won an award to get the visa.
It takes around 3 weeks to get your Global Talent visa if you are applying from outside of the UK or 8 weeks if you are applying within the UK. Before you make your application, you will need to gather all the relevant documents and complete the online application form, this may take around 2- 6 weeks.
To prove that you are a leader or potential leader in your field, you will need to apply for an endorsement. Your application will be reviewed by an expert endorsing body in your field. The Home Office has a list of authorised endorsing bodies for the Global Talent visa. Some examples include the Arts Council England, The Royal Academy of Engineering or The British Academy for humanities or social sciences.
Tech Nation was one of the largest digital tech endorsing bodies for the Global Talent visa, however, they will cease operations on 31st March 2023 due to issues with funding.
The Global Talent visa process can be extremely time consuming and daunting. We pride ourselves on offering a truly bespoke and personal service on this visa, as we manage it for you from the very beginning to the end.