Can I get a Global Talent visa without an endorsement?

20 Dec 2022, 30 mins ago

The Global Talent visa category is for talented and promising individuals in a variety of sectors, such as science, medicine, humanities, digital technology, and arts and culture.

If you believe you have what it takes (and you meet the relevant requirements), this visa category may be an option for you.

Generally speaking, applying for a Global Talent visa is a two-stage process. Firstly, you will need to meet the talent threshold. To do so, you may have to apply for and receive an endorsement from an authorised body. However, depending on your position within your sector, you may be able to by-pass this stage. The second stage is submitting the visa application.

What is an endorsement?

An endorsement is official confirmation from a body  authorised by the UK government that you are an established or promising leader in your sector. You will have to submit an application to the endorsement body relevant to your sector. For example, if you are within the arts sector, you will need an endorsement from the Arts Council, or if you are within the science sector, you will need an endorsement from the British Academy, Royal Society or Royal Academy of Engineering as applicable.

Do I need an endorsement?

If you have been granted a Home-Office-listed prestigious award in your sector you will not need an endorsement as part of your application. Awards include the Tony Awards and BAFTAs. The Home Office will conduct their own checks, using public sources, to confirm that you have indeed won the award you are relying on to by-pass the endorsement stage.

If you have not (yet) received a Home-Office-listed prestigious award, you will have to apply for and receive an endorsement prior to the submission of your visa application.

How Gherson can assist

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