The Global Talent visa was previously recognised as the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This category is aimed at exceptionally talented or promising individuals in specific fields, who intend to work in the UK, but it remains an unsponsored work route. There are stringent criteria for this visa category, which will be explored in this blog.
The Global Talent route is available to established individuals who are already leaders within their fields, and also individuals who show promise in the potential to become a leader within their field. This will only apply to the following industries:
- Digital technology
- Arts and culture (i.e. film, television, fashion design and architecture)
To be eligible to apply for a Global Talent visa, you must have been awarded a qualifying Prestigious Prize or have obtained an endorsement from a Home Office approved organisation. If you are relying on the endorsing body, it is important to recognise that in addition to the Home Office eligibility, each body has their individual eligibility requirements, however, the general criteria for an assessment will be as follows:
- Are you able to demonstrate ‘exceptional talent’ (i.e. internationally recognised at the highest level as a leader within your field)?
- Are you able to demonstrate ‘exceptional promise’ (i.e. you are at an early stage in your career but have already demonstrated exceptional promise and have prospects to become a leader within your field)?
If you do rely on an endorsement to be eligible under this category, you must submit your visa application within 3 months of the date you obtained the endorsement.
As a Global Talent visa holder, you are permitted to work in the UK (including self-employment and voluntary work), except as a professional sportsperson or sports coach. You are also permitted to study in the UK, subject to certain conditions.
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