Global Talent Visa Guidance

The UK welcomes highly skilled people from overseas and can offer a Global Talent Visa for those endorsed in science, humanities, engineering, medicine, research, digital technology or the arts. If you qualify for a Global Talent Visa, Latitude Law is on hand to guide you through the process of a successful visa application.

Who can apply for a Global Talent Visa?

Anyone who is regarded as an exceptional talent in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, medicine, digital technology or the arts can apply for a Global Talent Visa.

You need to demonstrate that you are either:

  • A recognised leader (global talent) or,
  • An emerging leader (global promise)

You must also be outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

The full list of fields from which applicants are eligible to apply to live and work in the UK is as follows:

  • Architecture
  • Arts
  • Digital and Tech
  • Engineering
  • Fashion
  • Film and TV
  • Humanities
  • Medicine
  • Science
  • About the Global Talent Visa

    In 2020, the existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route was replaced by the UK Home Office with the Global Talent visa. The route was designed to position and promote the United Kingdom as the number one destination in which to live and develop ideas, technology and prowess in fields such as digital technology. Advantages of the Global Talent visa include there being no cap on the number of visas that can be issued (although this cap was never reached with the previous visa), as well as no restrictions around job offers, salary requirements or the level of English required from applicants. You can also bring dependents to the UK, who will also be able to work or study. 

    The new visa sees an expansion of the organisations and academic institutions who are able to act as endorsing bodies, with key ones including:

    • Arts Council England
    • The British Academy
    • The Royal Academy of Engineering
    • The Royal Society
    • Tech Nation
    • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) 



    How we can help

    Applying for a visa to live and work in the UK can be a long, complicated process. Our team of solicitors have vast experience in immigration law and can offer help and support at every stage of the process. Whether you need assistance compiling documents for your application, or require legal help with the judicial review, administrative review or appeals system, Latitude Law will ensure you get the best possible chance of securing a successful UK visa. Contact us today to make sure you get expert legal guidance.


    Why choose Latitude Law?

    Our aim is to help professionals to navigate the complex UK immigration system and exceptional talent rules. Our lawyers are experts in immigration rules, Home Office policy and the case law which guides the courts and tribunals. Our passion for immigration law, legal expertise and advocacy skills have allowed us to help countless clients reach their end-goal of living and working in the UK.

    Global Talent Q&As

    Am I eligible for a Global Talent visa?

    The global talent route is for people who are highly skilled in science, humanities, engineering, research, the arts and digital technology sectors. In order to be granted a global talent visa, you should be able to demonstrate that your skills will enhance the UK’s economy and/or culture. Until 1 Janury 2021 you must also be from outside the EEA or Switzerland.

    How long is a Global Talent visa valid?

    Your global talent visa will be valid for up to 5 years if you apply from within the UK, or 5 years and 4 months if you apply from outside of the UK. If you have been in the UK for 3 years on a global talent visa you can apply for permanent residence, whereas you usually have to wait 5 years to apply for permanent residence on a global promise visa. However, those endorsed in the fields of science or research may qualify for the accelerated 3-year settlement option whether endorsed as a talent or promise applicant.

    What costs are involved in applying for a Global Talent visa?

    There are two stages to the application process, and different costs are involved depending on where you are applying from. These are detailed below:

    • Stage 1: Endorsement – £456
    • Stage 2: Visa application – £152, unless you’re based in Turkey or Macedonia where it’ll cost £97

    Can you switch from a Tier 2 visa to Global Talent?

    Yes, in fact, you can switch to this category from other Tier 1 routes, Tier 2 and selected applicants from Tier 5.

    What information must I disclose on my application?

    When applying for exceptional talent status, you must provide the following:

    • a valid passport or an equivalent travel identification document
    • a copy of your endorsement letter
    • a copy of any criminal record documents for any country you’ve lived in for in the last 10 years

    How do I extend my Global Talent visa?

    You can apply to extend your visa up to 28 days before your current visa expires. You are eligible to remain within the UK until you have received confirmation of your application status providing you applied before your visa expiry date.

    What is the difference between Global Talent and Skilled Worker visas?

    A skilled worker is someone employed by a specific company to perform a specific role. Their activity in the UK is limited, and they need permission to change their job (whether their employer or their role for the same employer). Global Talent migrants have a much greater degree of freedom and are able to perform any role they like within their sphere of expertise.

    What should I do if my application is refused?

    If you are refused for endorsement, you may be able to apply for review or you may be able to reapply. We recommend taking advice on your endorsement application, to ensure that you are meeting the specifications of your endorsing body as well as presenting evidence of your achievements in a clear and persuasive way.

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