COVID-19 UPDATE: Applicants May Still Be Eligible To Apply For A Global Talent, Start-Up Or Innovator Visa Even If Endorsement Has Expired

13 Aug 2020, 54 mins ago

Yesterday the Home Office released an update in respect of applicants who wish to make applications under the Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa categories and who may have been unable to do so due to COVID-19. 

Global Talent visa

The updated COVID-19 guidance confirms that where an endorsement from an endorsing body has expired because the applicant has not been able to make an application for a visa, the endorsement will still be accepted if both:

  • it was granted on or after 24 January 2020; and
  • the applicant applies for their Global Talent visa before 1 January 2021

Applications that do not meet these requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Start-up or Innovator visa

If an applicant applying under the Start-up or Innovator visa categories has been unable to travel to the UK resulting in the endorsement expiring, the guidance confirms that they may still be eligible for a visa. All cases in these circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

If you have any queries about applying for a Global Talent, Start-up or Innovator visa, or if you are concerned about your status in the UK, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please note that the information in this blog is current at the date and time of posting. The situation regarding policy and guidance based on the COVID-19 pandemic is subject to change at short notice. We shall be monitoring all aspects of UK immigration which may be impacted by the coronavirus closely, so please do keep updated with further blogs and articles which we will be posting on this site.

The information in this blog is for general information purposes only and does not purport to be comprehensive or to provide legal advice. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information and law is current as of the date of publication it should be stressed that, due to the passage of time, this does not necessarily reflect the present legal position. Gherson accepts no responsibility for loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on information contained in this blog. For formal advice on the current law please don’t hesitate to contact Gherson. Legal advice is only provided pursuant to a written agreement, identified as such, and signed by the client and by or on behalf of Gherson.

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