Global Talent Visa | Digital Technology

If you work in the digital technology sector such as financial technology (FinTech), gaming, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence, you may qualify for a Global Talent visa if you are considered to be a leader or potential leader in your field. You can find out more about global talent visas here.  

The endorsement stage 

The designated endorsing body by the Home Office which assesses applications of the digital technology background is Tech Nation. They will decide whether you meet the criteria required for the Global Talent visa.

Your background can be in either:

  1. Technical, e.g. a developer, engineer, or data scientist
  2. Business, e.g. having commercial, investment, or digital product expertise in a technology company that creates software.

The full list of eligible roles for the digital technology route can be found here.

Tech Nation will require you to demonstrate that you have a successful track record as an innovator in the digital technology field by either showing:

  • You are recognised as a leader in the digital tech industry (exceptional talent)
  • You have the potential to be a leader in the digital tech industry (exceptional promise)
Eligibility criteria

Exceptional talent

An individual applying as an exceptional talent in digital technology must show:

  1. They are recognised by others as being a leading talent; and
  2. Provide evidence of at least two of the following:
  • The individual as a record of innovation where they have founded or had a senior position in a product-led digital company
  • The individual has a record of innovation where they’ve worked and an employee in a new digital field or concept
  • The individual has made a contribution to the digital technology sector beyond their work e.g. mentoring or collaborative project
  • The individual has set up or worked in a product-led digital technology company and made contributions to the overall digital sector through technical, commercial or entrepreneurial impact
  • The individual has had their research published or endorsed by an expert

Exceptional promise

An individual applying as exceptional promise must show:

  1. They’ve been recognised as being a potential talent in digital technology; and
  2. Provide evidence of at least two of the following:
  • Show at least 2 examples of innovation where the individual has set up a product-led digital company 
  • Show at least 2 examples of innovation where the individuals has worked as an employee in a new digital field or concept
  • The individual has made a contribution to the digital technology sector beyond their work e.g. mentoring or collaborative project
  • The individual has set up or worked in a product-led digital technology company and made contributions to the overall digital sector through technical, commercial or entrepreneurial impact
  • The individual has had 2 examples of their research being published or endorsed by an expert
Documents needed to provide

An individual applying for an endorsement to Tech Nation, they will need to provide the following:

  1. An up-to-date CV that includes relevant publication history and career
  2. Three letters of recommendations from 3 different organisations that Tech Nation judges as established in digital technology
  3. Proof of any digital technology business that the individual has set up or been a senior member of in the last 5 years
  4. Evidence to support eligibility criteria as explained above 

Individuals can give up to 10 pieces of evidence to support their application.

How can NA Law Solicitors help?

Our experts will answer any questions you may have about your eligibility under this global talent visa route and guide you through the process. You will be provided with a tailored, cost-effective service with only your best interests in mind. Contact us now for a consultation.

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