Global Talent Visa For Film And Television In The UK

27 Oct 2023, 01 mins ago

If you work in the arts and culture industry and would like to come to work in the UK, you may be eligible to apply under the Global Talent visa route. This blog will discuss the two stages of the application process.

The Global Talent visa is a particularly flexible route for working in the UK, as the individual has the right to choose employers, establish their own business and move fluidly between different job, without informing the Home Office. To qualify for this visa, however, you have to comply with strict requirements. You must be considered a leader or potential leader (i.e., someone with an ‘exceptional talent’) in your field of creativity.

Most applicants will have to submit their application in two stages. Stage One involves applying for endorsement, and Stage Two is submitting your visa application.

You are eligible to go straight to Stage Two (the visa application) if you have either:

  • An eligible prize accepted by the Home Office (the qualifying prizes for film and television are an Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy or Golden Globe).
  • You have already been endorsed/ need an extension on your endorsement.

Stage One:

If neither of these apply, you will need to apply for endorsement. If you work in arts and culture in the film and television industry, you can apply for endorsement in the following categories:

  • Film
  • Television
  • Animation
  • Postproduction
  • Visual effects

Your application will be judged by the Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) on behalf of the Arts Council Field. You must provide both letters of recommendation and evidence of your exceptional talent.

Letters of Recommendation:

  • You will need three letters; two must be from established arts or culture organisations that are experts in your field (one of which must be based in the UK), and the third letter can be from an established arts or culture organisation or person, who must still be an expert in your field.
  • These letters must cover (amongst other criteria) your achievements in the field, why you are considered a leader, how you would benefit from living in the UK and contributing to UK cultural life, and explain your future work plans.

Industry Recognition:

There are multiple ways you can demonstrate industry recognition. For example, you can show proof of international distribution sales, involvement in awards that are recognised by PACT, or interviews with high-profile media outlets based in different territories.

You will usually receive a decision regarding your endorsement within 8 weeks. You can apply for the Global Talent visa either at the same time as applying for endorsement, or after it has been granted. The endorsement is valid for 3 months from issue. Please keep in mind that if you are already in the UK, you will have to submit the immigration application before your current visa expires. We would like to reiterate that a pending endorsement application does not serve as an extension of your leave to remain upon its expiry.

Stage Two:

You can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years at a time; and even though there is no overall limit as to how long you are permitted to stay in the UK on this visa, you will need to extend your visa when it expires. Each extension can last from one to five years, depending on your decision. It is possible to get Indefinite Leave to Remain after three or five years, depending on your field of work and how long it takes you to apply.

You will need to provide identity documents and evidence of your endorsement upon application. A decision will usually be made within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK, and 8 weeks if you are in the UK.

This application costs £716.

The Global Talent visa is a particularly flexible route for working in the UK, as the individual has the right to choose employers, establish their own business and move fluidly between different job, without informing the Home Office. To qualify for this visa, however, you have to comply with strict requirements. You must be considered a leader or potential leader (i.e., someone with an ‘exceptional talent’) in your field of creativity.

Most applicants will have to submit their application in two stages. Stage One involves applying for endorsement, and Stage Two is submitting your visa application.

You are eligible to go straight to Stage Two (the visa application) if you have either:

  • An eligible prize accepted by the Home Office (the qualifying prizes for film and television are an Academy Award, BAFTA, Emmy or Golden Globe).
  • You have already been endorsed/ need an extension on your endorsement.

How Gherson can assist

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