If you are a promising and talented individual with a proven track record in the fields of arts, science, humanities and engineering, then the Global talent visa could be your right choice to begin your career in the UK.

The Global talent visa was earlier known as the Tier 1 Exceptional visa.

How do you get an endorsement for a Global talent visa?

There are specialised endorsing bodies dedicated to addressing various applications of the Global talent visa endorsement. These endorsing bodies are responsible for assessing applications from individuals of their respective professional fields, and developing and applying field-specific criteria and evidential requirements for applications. The relevant endorsing bodies will then make an endorsement decision based on your application and the evidence you provide.

The six endorsing bodies for a Global Talent visa are:

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

Choosing the field-specific endorsing body

If you are seeking a recommendation in the fields of scientific research, design, medicine, social scientific researches or the liberal arts, or for various other scholastic and research functions, the Home Office will refer your application to the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal society or UK Research and  Innovation (UKRI) which will certainly make an endorsing decision based on the proof you supply. 

If you are seeking endorsement in non-academic fields of arts and culture and digital technology, your application will be transferred to Arts Council England or Tech Nation, which highlight specific endorsement criteria.

There are different assessment criteria for different types of Global talent visa category

  • Exceptional Talent category criteria: will assess individuals who can prove they have already made a remarkable contribution as a proactive leader to their field.
  • Exceptional Promise category criteria: is for applicants at an early stage in their careers who have demonstrated the potential for being future leaders and making tremendous contributions to their field.

There are four major routes to endorsement under the Global Talent category applicable to different roles:

  • Endorsed funders:  it is for those researchers who make outstanding contributions to work supported by grants from a recognised funder. Eligible applicants will be fast-tracked to the Home Office visa application stage with minimum evidence to be shown, where they meet the eligibility criteria. The Home Office will be responsible for assessing endorsed funded applications
  • Peer review:  endorsement of applications by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering or The Royal Society. Individuals can choose to be considered under either exceptional talent or exceptional promise. It is not a fast-track route. You must be an active researcher in your field.
  • Research appointments: endorsement for applicants who have a job offer as a professor, associate professor, senior group leader or equivalent at any UK institution or recognised research institute, by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and The Royal Society.
  • Fellowships:  endorsement for those individuals with fellowship either current or held within the last 12 months, in the subject approved by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society.

Consulting a legal advisor o get your application right

The global talent visa category requires strict and rigorous follow-ups, complete knowledge of endorsing bodies and eligibility criteria and at times may appear daunting how to begin your application. 

A Y & J Solicitors have expertise in Global talent visa applications. They are expert immigration lawyers in London who can represent your case with care and compassion with complete success.

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