Global Talent Visa Applications

The Global Talent visa is an expanded version of the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa application route, which has been underutilised with only a small proportion of the 2,000 places being fulfilled. 

The new visa is designed to help talented and promising individuals in the following fields come to the UK and build their careers: 

  • Science
  • Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Medicine 
  • The Arts 
  • Fashion
  • Architecture
  • Film and television
  • Digital technology

Applicants must be leaders in their fields, or have the potential to become leaders in their field, as determined by an endorsing body. 

There will no longer be a cap on the number of Global Talent visas that can be issued, with applicants not requiring a job offer before applying, an accelerated route to settlement and dependent family members being able to work. However, since the cap on Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa had never been reached, this will mean little.

To speak to a solicitor about making a Global Talent visa application, contact JMW by calling 0203 675 7600, or fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time that suits you.

How JMW Can Help

We hope that the changes made to the immigration rules with the introduction of the Global Talent visa will go some way to simplifying the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) scheme to encourage the UK government’s vision of attracting the best and brightest applicants to the UK.

As specialists in UK immigration law, we can offer a full service to clients who require advice and assistance with their immigration needs. We are able to help you apply for endorsement from the Home Office, and assist in the preparation of your application so you will be granted a visa.

Our immigration solicitors will consider your circumstances and advise on the appropriate course of action, prepare all documentation for you, and liaise with the Home Office regularly to ensure a successful outcome.

With our office conveniently located in the heart of central London, we are well-positioned to assist clients based both within the UK and overseas. We are able to provide a full spectrum of services, from document-checking to the full completion of your application.


The Home Office has expanded the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates, and removed the need for those applying under the exceptional promise category to have been awarded a research fellowship, which is quite significant.

The endorsing bodies will include:

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

Scientific Researchers

On 20th February 2020, the Home Office put into effect a new visa category to replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. The Global Talent visa has been received with mixed reviews by the science community, with the new scheme seeming insufficient to quell the negative impact of a no-deal Brexit.

UKRI will consider applications from candidates operating within the scientific community who will be hosted or employed at a UK research organisation that has been deemed as acceptable by the endorsing body.

Applicants under this criteria will be required to provide critical contributions to work supported by a substantial research grant or award from a specifically endorsed funder.

How Long Does a Global Talent Visa Last?

Similar to the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) scheme, applicants will be issued a visa for a period of up to five years and will be able to choose how much leave they wish to be granted in a single application.

Importantly, applicants endorsed for science, engineering, humanities and medicine will be able to apply for settlement after three years regardless of whether applicants were approved under the ‘promise’ criteria, ‘talent’ criteria or the new ‘endorsed funder’ option. 

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they have been ‘economically active’ within their expert field, and they continue to remain endorsed in order to qualify for further leave to remain or qualify for settlement in the UK. There will continue to be no minimum English language or maintenance requirements.

Another significant point to note is that Global Talent visa holders endorsed by one of the bodies for science, engineering, humanities or medicine will be permitted to be outside the country for as long as they need. This is based on the condition that their absences are linked to their professional activities and will not be limited by the 180-day restriction imposed on other visa categories in any 12-month period. 

Document Checking Service

If you are planning to submit your own visa application but are not fully certain that you have provided the right documents or the correct information, our Document Checking Service is an excellent opportunity to receive legal advice and identify any weaknesses or mistakes before your application is submitted.

With constantly evolving legislation and rules, our immigration team can help you navigate the often confusing maze of UK immigration law.

In addition to the ever-increasing cost of Home Office fees, a simple omission or oversight may result in your application being refused, which could have serious implications, both financially and on your chances for future settlement or applications for naturalisation as a British Citizen.

If you would like to discuss your case or arrange an appointment, contact us now.

Talk to Us

If you would like to know more about qualifying for leave as a Global Talent applicant, or wish to discuss another immigration matter, contact us today on 0203 675 7600. You can also fill in our online enquiry form to request a call back at a time that suits you.

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