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Global Talent Visa

On 27th January 2020, the UK Government announced the new Global Talent Visa with the official launch of this category on 20th February 2020.

According to the Government, this category is for talented and promising individuals in the relevant field wishing to come to the UK for work.

These changes come after the Prime Minister’s announcement on 8th August 2019. This announcement set out the Government’s plan to develop a new fast track immigration offer for the best and brightest individuals within the science and research areas. These changes have been put in place to ensure that the UK is the most appealing country to live in and grow new ideas.


What are the benefits of the Global Talent Visa?

Some of the benefits for the applicant are:

  • There is no restriction on the type of work you can do in the UK
  • There is no minimum salary threshold
  • There is no English language requirement
  • You can bring your dependants to the UK.


Who can apply for the Global Talent Visa?

An applicant can apply to work in the relevant field if they are:

  • talented i.e. recognised as a leader
  • promising i.e. as an emerging leader
  • endorsed under the UK Research and Innovation funder option.

The relevant fields that the applicant can apply under are:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Digital technology
  • Arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture)

Talented individuals are those who are already leaders in their field. Promising individuals are those who have shown the potential to become leaders in their field.

The new Global Talent Visa broadens the criteria for eligibility as it continues to be open to those who already have the Exceptional Talent Visa (Tier 1). It also opens up to people in the specialist fields of science and research.


What is required to apply for the Global Talent Visa?

A prospective applicant is required to comply with Appendix W: Immigration Rules for Workers to apply for a Global Talent Visa. Further, applicants of the Global Talent Visa must have an endorsement from an organisation designated by the UK Home Office. Some of the endorsing bodies are:

  • The Arts Council England – that is for art and culture
  • The Royal Society – that is for medicine and science
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering – that is for engineering
  • The British Academy – that is for humanities
  • The Tech Nation – that is for digital technology

Added to the list of endorsement organisations is the UK Research and Innovation Agency (UKRI). This is the agency responsible for Britain’s public research budget. UKRI will consider and review applications from individuals who will be hosted or employed within the science and research community.


What Visa do you get?

The Global Talent visa will allow talented and promising individuals to work in the UK and develop their careers. In a symbiotic way, this opportunity will also enable researchers based in the UK to recruit top global talent to help in developing research in the UK.


How long does the Visa last?

Applicants of the Global Talent Visa can choose the length of their Visa to a maximum of five years with an option to choose the amount of leave-in whole years. This means that applicants of the Global Talent Visa who wish to come to the UK for two years only in this group will not need to pay the maximum 5–year Immigration Health Surcharge payment.

Further, Applicants endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine will be able to apply for settlement after 3 years regardless of whether the applicant is awarded under the “promise” criteria, the “talent” criteria or the new endorsed funder option. The period of qualification to apply for settlement under the “promise” criteria for digital technology and arts and culture applicants will remain as 5 years (as it was previously required under the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent Visa)).


Can you bring your dependants to the UK?

With the cap removal on the Global Talent Visa, there is no limit on the number of visas that can be granted. Therefore the number of people that can come to the UK annually under this category is not limited.

This allows individuals to come along with families (partners and children under 18 ) to the UK if they meet the relevant requirements. This will give the applicant’s partners exposure and entry into the labour market in the UK with no restrictions.


What to do if your Global Talent Visa is refused?

When an applicant is denied the Global Talent Visa, the applicant may retain an immigration lawyer to seek advice on an appropriate solution. The Immigration lawyer will check the applicant’s refusal letter to determine whether the decision can be challenged by way of seeking a review and consider a Judicial Review application before a court. The immigration lawyer may also look into the option of having the applicant reapply for the Visa.


How can WH Solicitors assist with the application?

WH Solicitors is a specialist immigration law firm. We can help acquire the Visa by taking you through the application process and ensuring that you fulfill the set legal requirements for obtaining the Global Talent Visa.

Contact us via +441483608786 or by booking online via www.whsolicitors .co.uk/contact-us.

Global Talent Visa


Global Talent visa is a new route which replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa.

Applicants may apply for a Global Talent visa if they work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed:

  • As a recognised leader (exceptional talent)
  • As an emerging leader (exceptional promise)
  • Under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option

Applicants need to complete 2 stages to get this visa:

  • Apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your field.
  • Apply for the visa.

Applicants may apply to stay for between 1 and 5 years.

Applicants can apply to extend their visa as many times as they like. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years.

Upon meeting the requirements, the Applicants may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain once they’ve been in the UK for:

  • 3 years with an exceptional talent visa
  • 3 years with an exceptional talent endorsement in science
  • 3 years with an endorsement under the UKRI endorsed funder scheme
  • 5 years with an exceptional promise endorsement in either arts and culture or digital technology



Our Fees 

Our fees cover all work* required to submit an application to the Home Office at a fixed fee between £3,000.00 – £7,000.00.

No VAT is charged or payable for Entry Clearance Applications.

If an Extension Application and the Applicant is an UK resident, VAT shall be chargeable at the current rate of 20%.



Disbursements are costs related to your matter that are payable to third parties, such as visa fees.

We handle the payment of the disbursements on your behalf to ensure a smoother process.

The likely disbursements are:

Application Fees:

  • Home Office’s Stage 1 Endorsement Application Fee: £456.00
  • Home Office’s Stage 2 Visa/Switching Application Fee: £152.00 (£97.00 if you are from Turkey or Macedonia)
  • Home Office’s Extension Application Fee from inside the UK: £608.00 (£553.00 if you are from Turkey or Macedonia)
  • NHS Immigration Healthcare Surcharge: £624.00 per year
  • Biometric Enrolment Fee: £19.20
  • UKVCAS Fees: Depends on the Application Centre, can range between £0.00 – £200.00

Up to date fees can be found at: UK visa fees – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk).


What services are included

The work will involve:

  • File opening/Archiving;
  • All correspondences, emails, routine letters, telephone/video calls and meetings;
  • All inherent Administrative works;
  • Continuously assessing and advising the case;
  • Preparation of the Application Form;
  • Submission of the Application Form;
  • Advising on Dependants and the associated works and fees;
  • Providing a Checklist of required supporting/evidential documents;
  • Facilitating with ascertaining the supporting/evidential documents;
  • Where possible, providing Templates of how the supporting documents should appear to be in compliant with the Immigration provisions;
  • Preparing a comprehensive and legally orientated Cover Letter & Submissions, which shall include comprehensive Factual and Legal Submissions;
  • Arranging Application Appointment;
  • Liaising with UKVI until a decision is reached;
  • Discussing your circumstances in detail and confirming whether this is the most appropriate application for you to make and what other options may be available to you;
  • Providing advice about the requirements of the Immigration Rules and whether you meet the criteria;
  • If you do not fulfil a certain criterion, whether this can be overcome and how.
  • Considering the supporting evidence, you have provided;
  • Where necessary, helping you obtain further evidence;
  • Providing advice regarding the outcome of the Application and any next steps.

*Our fees assume that:

  • This a new Application and no previous Applications had been made to the Home Office or refusals received.
  • This is a standard case and the matter is concluded in a timely manner and no unforeseen complication arise.

*The costs quoted here do not include:

  • If your matter becomes overly complex and more work is required in order to prepare and submit an Application.
  • We will advise you if further work is required and the increase in our charges.
  • Where the Home Office refuse your Application, advice and assistance in relation to any Administrative Review and Appeal process.


Processing timeframe

We will normally be able to submit this type of Application within 8 weeks of you instructing us.

However, we will let you know at the earliest opportunity if it is likely to take longer than this. We cannot guarantee how long the Home Office will take to process your Application, but you should get a decision within 3 weeks of attending your appointment at the visa application centre.

There are optional priority fees which can expedite the processing period.

Please see link for up to date timescales for Entry Clearance Applications:

Visa decision waiting times: applications outside the UK – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)