UK Global Talent Visa – what is this?

UK Global Talent Visa is an improved version of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

If you have heard anything about the UK Global Talent Visa, and where curious “what’s this?” now it the time to answer. Actually, this is an improved version of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. But, first things first.

When we are talking about any improvements, there is a truth. We need to understand the reason why they exist. And what was the ground for accepting the change?

Critics said their thoughts about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa many times. The main reasons for negative feedback were:

  • restrictive nature of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. The number of the visas was limited and requirements for the applicants were extremely high;
  • it was difficult to prove the talent of a person. Due to the high-profile ideal candidates, talented people found it difficult to be a good fit;
  • the need for the network instead of personal experience and knowledge. One of the most important things were Letters of Recommendation from the UK-based C-level executives;
  • a limited number of endorsement bodies;
  • lack of the transparency of their policy regarding Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants.

After considering these issues, the UK Government decided to make changes. Then Global Talent Visa has appeared. It appeared on the historical day of February 20, 2020. In numbers, this means 20.02.2020. Also, it brought some of the positive changes.

No Limits In Global Talent Visa Numbers

In general, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa had an annual cap of 200 visas. In fact, no more visas were issued in a year. For that reason, in a new Global Talent Visa scheme, there are unlimited numbers of visas for talents of different shapes and sizes :). In other words, there are more than 200 visas annually. As a result, people avoid pressure to hurry up with the application.

An expanded pool of Endorsement Bodies

At first, we had a shortlist of the designed body. They were authorised to Enrodrse Exceptional Promises and Exceptional Talents. Also, this was kind of a monopoly.

According to the new offer, the UK Global Talent Visa makes network wider. It expands the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates. As a result, it includes:

  • The Royal Society, for science and medicine
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering, for engineering
  • The British Academy, for humanities
  • Tech Nation, for digital technology
  • Arts Council England, for arts and culture
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for research applicants
  • British Fashion Council, for fashion
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), for architecture
  • Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), for film and television

Endorsement bodies traditionally have a quite fair attitude to the assessment of visa applications. Hence, I am sure, more bodies will help to bring more talents to the UK.

Support for Exceptional Promise applicants

One of the new features of Global Talent Visa route has been met with an ovation by Exceptional Promise applicants. However, for Digital Technologies it is irrelevant.

This feature is related to the requirement to be a research fellow. As of now, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in STEM did not require to be a recipient of research fellowship as an obligatory criterion to get a visa.

Finally, about advantages. The permanent part about the rights of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa recipients is the same. For example, the ability to apply for a job or be self-employed. Or a right to bring the family in the UK. Moreover, family members can work in the UK too. All of these features work. In other words, the Global Talent Visa route will not change them.

For more details, please, read the guide at the Home Office website. Or feel free to write to me.

Immigration Solicitors Who Work With Global Talent Visa

If you would like to apply for UK Global Talent Visa and want to be among the first people who will get it – you can contact A Y & J Solicitors.

In brief, this company is a Legal Partner of this Blog. They have obtained a strong experience in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applications. They have worked with different level of problems and unclear questions. If you need my introduction to them – again, let me know, please.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

TalentVisaHelp is an independent project to help more talents and promises to come to the United Kingdom. This project is created by Andrii Seleznov, Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa recipient and Tech Nation Visa Ambassador in past. Andrii is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer and technical founder at Petiole. Additionally, Andrii is an Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition and winner of local agritech Hackathons in Ukraine.

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