Global Talent visa and what you need to know about it

What is the Global Talent visa?

The Global Talent visa came into effect back in February 2020 and replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. It should be noted though that for those who wish to make an application for Indefinite Leave to Remain, the Tier 1 visa does still remain open.The Global Talent visa is quite similar to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa but it offers an extended and more simplified set of rules. The visa still serves as a useful route for promising and talented individuals who are looking to visit the UK for work, but it no longer works on a points-based system.

Applying for a Global Talent visa

In order to be able to apply for a Global Talent visa you would need to be endorsed as a either:

  • A leader (exceptional talent)
  • An emerging leader (emerging talent)
  • A research applicant endorsed by the UK Research and Innovation fund

You would also need to work in a qualifying field which includes the following:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Arts and Culture
  • Architecture
  • Digital Technology
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Film and Television

Additionally, your endorsement within those fields must be from one of the following six bodies that are engaged by the Home Office: 

  • 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

Stage 1 Endorsement

The first stage of securing a Global Talent visa involves having to submit an application for endorsement with one of the six endorsing bodies mentioned above. Your application should clearly demonstrate your skill and ability while also highlighting what your current achievements are. 

This will then be submitted to the Home Office who will request that one of their endorsing bodies review your credentials. They will then review your expertise before advising the Home Office on whether their endorsement has been granted.

If you were unable to secure an endorsement at this stage you would then be eligible to submit an endorsement review but this must be submitted within 28 days of the first decision. 

Stage 2 Application

Once your endorsement has been secured, the next step then will be to go through the full immigration application process. This involves gathering all of the correct information and supporting documents to then submit to the Home Office.

The Home Office will then consider the immigration aspects, reviewing your information in relation to the UK’s immigration policies and considering whether grounds for refusal could apply.

If at this stage the application is rejected it would still be possible to appeal the decision. 

How we can help

At NA Law Solicitors we provide thorough guidance and advice for individuals who want to make an application for a Global Talent visa and we can provide further advice for any difficulties they may encounter regarding stage 1 or stage 2 of the process.

In the event of not being able to secure an endorsement at stage 1, we would be able to guide you in submitting an endorsement review in order to obtain a successful outcome. Additionally, if the application is rejected at stage 2 we can help successfully appeal the decision by reviewing the information that was submitted  and compare it with the feedback provided by assessors, so we can work to answer any questions that would have been left by the Home Office.

For those that are applying for the Global Talent visa within the UK we can also help you understand how the application will switch your provision and what the impact of that could be.

For further help and assistance regarding the Global Talent visa please get in touch for an initial assessment.

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