Global Talent Visa

Global Talent replaced Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Applications

Global Talent category replaced Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) on 20 February 2020.
The Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) route remains open for settlement applications. If any application for endorsement, entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain has been made before 20 February 2020, such applications will be decided in accordance with the Immigration Rules in force on 19 February 2020.

Global Talent visa is for talented and promising individuals in the fields of science and research, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture) wishing to work in the UK. ‘Talent’ applicants are already leaders in their respective field, while ‘promise’ applicants have shown the potential to become leaders in their field.

Global Talent applicants must hold an endorsement from an organisation engaged by the Home Office to develop sector specific criteria and consider individual applications on its behalf. The existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsing bodies (the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation and Arts Council England) are joined by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the new Global Talent category.

UKRI will consider applications from individuals operating in the scientific community who will be hosted or employed at a UK research organisation deemed acceptable by UKRI.

Application process

Initial application – Global Talent Visa

If you are an initial applicant (someone who has not previously held leave in this category, or its predecessor Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)), there is a two-stage process:

• Stage 1 is an application for endorsement whereby an endorsing body assesses your skills, abilities and achievements, and advises the Home Office of their decision on whether you should be endorsed; and

• Stage 2 is a visa or leave to remain application process, where the Home Office considers immigration aspects, such as whether general grounds for refusal apply and, if you are already in the UK, whether you are able to switch into the Global Talent category. 

Extension application – Global Talent Visa

The extension stage comprises one stage process. As long as your existing endorsement has not been withdrawn by the endorsing body, you only need to submit an immigration leave to remain application. Applicants who currently hold Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) leave and wish to extend this leave must do so under the Global Talent Category.

Extension applications can be submitted outside the UK.

Settlement application – Global Talent Visa

Global Talent visa offers a fast-track immigration route to settlement for main applicants endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine. These applicants qualify to apply for settlement after 3 years regardless of whether the applicant is granted under “promise” criteria, “talent” criteria or the new endorsed funder option. 

The qualifying period to apply for settlement under “promise” criteria for digital technology and arts and culture applicants remains as 5 years (as was previously required under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent)). 

Applicants are able to have absences from the UK of no more than 180 days in any continuous 12 calendar months during that period unless the exception below applies. 

Where the applicant was endorsed by The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The British Academy or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), any absence linked to their grant of leave (such as a scientist undertaking research overseas), does not count as an absence, regardless of its length. 

Family members of Global Talent Visa Applicants 

Global Talent Visa Applicants can bring their family members (spouse/partner and children) to the UK. 

Settlement – Global Talent Dependants

The qualifying period for a partner of a Global Talent applicant is 5 years regardless of whether the main applicant is eligible for accelerated settlement.

Dependent children can qualify for settlement if both parents are settled or are applying for settlement at the same time. Dependent children can also qualify if they are applying at the same time as the main applicant if the main applicant has sole responsibility for the child.


Our fixed fees for individual Global Talent Visa range from £3000 to £6000 plus VAT and disbursements. Disbursements include Home Office / Visa fees, Immigration Health Surcharge fees, biometrics enrolment fees, optional premium appointments, translations, courier and postage etc.

Contact Global Talent Visa Lawyers London
At Karir, we have a wealth of expertise in successfully assisting clients to secure their visa under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, predecessor of Global Talent Visa. For expert advice and assistance with a Global Talent visa application, contact us.

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