- If applying for an endorsement, check the specific requirements for the relevant endorsing body
- If applying for endorsement with Tech Nation, you will need to complete an additional form found on the Tech Nation website
- Keep a record of the monies you have earned in the UK
The Global Talent visa category is for highly skilled people in specific fields who wish to work in the UK. When applying under this category, you need to ensure that you meet the eligibility requirements. These include showing that:
- You are internationally recognised as a leader in your field, or you demonstrate exceptional promise that you will become a leader in your field;
- You have been awarded a Home Office listed prestigious prize, or you have been endorsed by an approved endorsing body.
The application process can be quite complex, therefore we provide 3 Top Tips to keep in mind when applying for a Global Talent visa:
1. Check the specific requirements on providing supporting documents when applying to an endorsing body
Unless you have won an eligible award, you are required to obtain an endorsement from the relevant endorsing body.
It is important to note that each body has its own set of requirements on what documents to provide and the criteria for the same.
For example, Arts Council and Tech Nation state that three letters of support should be submitted, which should be no more than three sides of A4. Both endorsing bodies state that a maximum of 10 individual pieces of supporting evidence should be provided, however, the Arts Council requires that each document must be no more than 2 sides of A4 each, whereas Tech Nation’s limit is 3 sides of A4.
You may face delays or issues with your endorsement application if your documents are not in compliance with the specific requirements. As such, it is critical to check the endorsing body’s website beforehand.
2. Endorsement by Tech Nation requires you to complete an additional form found on the Tech Nation website
Applications for all endorsement bodies must be made online using the “Apply for Global Talent endorsement – Stage 1” link on the gov.uk website. However, if you are applying for endorsement in the digital technology sector, you must also complete the Tech Nation application form.
In order for your Stage 1 application to be valid, you must submit your Tech Nation application form no more than 15 working days from the date of Stage 1 submission.
Failure to submit your Tech Nation application form will result in your application being rejected as invalid.
3. Keep a record of the monies you have earned in the UK
If you are already in the UK on a Global Talent visa, it is important to know the additional requirements that apply if you wish to extend your visa or apply for settlement in the UK.
If you are applying to extend your visa or settle, then you must have earned money in the UK in your field whilst on the Global Talent visa.
This can be demonstrated with payslips, bank statements showing payment from your employer, HMRC documents, financial accounts showing net profit, evidence of funding from an institution, etc.
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