Global Talent Visa
The Global Talent visa (formerly known as the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent) was created to attract highly skilled and talented individuals to contribute to the country's economy and cultural scene. It recognizes the value that these individuals can bring to the country's economy, culture, and society, and it provides them with a clear pathway to settlement. It was launched in 2019, and it is part of the UK's post-Brexit immigration system.
Are you eligible?
The Global Talent visa is available to individuals who have been endorsed by a designated endorsing body in the UK. These bodies include the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation, and the Arts Council England, among others. Each endorsing body has its own criteria and application process, but they all seek to identify individuals who have exceptional talent or promise in their field.
To be eligible for the Global Talent visa, applicants must demonstrate that they have been endorsed by one of these designated bodies and that they meet the requirements of the immigration rules. These requirements include having a valid passport, passing a tuberculosis test (if applicable), and showing that they have enough funds to support themselves and any dependents without relying on public funds.
Once an applicant has been endorsed, they can apply for a Global Talent visa. The visa is initially granted for a period of up to three years, and it can be extended for another two years. After five years, Global Talent visa holders can apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) in the UK, which allows them to settle permanently in the country.
One of the main benefits of the Global Talent visa is that it allows individuals to work in any field, without the need for a job offer. This means that applicants can work as self-employed individuals, freelancers, or employees of any company. They also have the freedom to switch jobs without needing to apply for a new visa.
The Global Talent visa also allows individuals to bring their dependents with them to the UK. Dependents can include spouses, partners, and children under the age of 18. They will be permitted to work or study in the UK without needing to apply for a separate permission.
To apply for a Global Talent visa, applicants need to pay a fee, which varies depending on the length of the visa and whether they are applying from inside or outside the UK. There is also an immigration health surcharge, which provides access to the UK's National Health Service (NHS).