The Global Talent Visa

The global talent visa launches on the 20 February 2020. The global talent visa was only announced by the government on the 27 January 2020 and in less than a month the UK will be ready to welcome those with global talent into the UK. In this blog we look at the new global talent visa.

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The global talent visa – why and when

Although the government is working on introducing a new UK immigration system to be rolled out in 2021, the government has responded to a feared post brexit drop in overseas talent viewing the UK as an attractive place to live and work. The government has done that by introducing the global talent visa.

Rather than wait and roll out the new visa with the planned Australian style points-based immigration system the global talent visa will be open to applicants from the 20 February 2020, a few short weeks away.

Who is the global talent visa for?

We already have a Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa to attract those individuals who are of exceptional talent or promise and so the question is ‘who is the global talent visa designed to cater for?’

The global talent visa is designed to attract top:

• Mathematicians
• Scientists
• Researchers

Who will endorse global talent visa applicants?

The Home Office press release says that the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will endorse applicants for global talent visas from the relevant scientific communities.

Although the global talent visa is only designed to attract top talent the government says that there will be no cap on the number of Global Talent visas that can be issued by Home Office officials.

When will the immigration Rules on the global talent visa be published?

Immigration solicitors understand that the immigration Rules on the global talent visa are expected to be published today but it is thought that:

• A global talent visa applicant will not have to have a UK job offer or be limited to working for an employer with a sponsor licence 


• Some global talent visa applicants could be fast tracked to obtain speedy visas from the Home Office


• The global talent visa is likely to lead to a global talent visa holder being able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK earlier than other visa holders through an accelerated settlement scheme


• When looking at settlement requirements for Indefinite Leave to Remain a global talent visa applicant may not have to comply with all the current residence eligibility rules because of the global nature of their research or post.

Will the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa be abolished?

In many ways the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa seems rather similar to the global talent visa although the global talent visa is apparently limited to scientists, researchers and mathematicians. All the indications, especially with the release of the Migration Advisory Committee report this week, that includes recommendations on the Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa, is that both visas are here to stay unless the global talent visa is a rebranding exercise. However, in an ever changing immigration system it is a case of ‘watch this space’ for more news on both the global talent visa and Tier 1 (Exceptional talent) visa.

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