How to Optimize Global Talent Visa Fees?

How to optimize your Global Talent Visa Fees? There are some free ideas

What if I told you there is a way how to save thousands of pounds on your UK Global Talent Visa fees? It’s possible! Particularly, if you plan to seek immigration consultancy or lawyers to help you. Probably, for these categories of applicants my today’s article is must-read. However, let’s start from the early beginning.

Official Global Talent Visa Fees

What is the official Global Talent Visa fees? This is a sum of money, which you pay to Home Office, applying as an individual to get Tech Nation Visa.

You can find the correct price, which you must pay for your application on the Home Office website. As of October 2020, you may see the following:


The visa application costs £152, or £97 if you’re from Turkey or North Macedonia.

You can include your partner and children (‘dependants’) on the same application form, if they’re eligible. There is an extra cost of £608 for each dependant.

You also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. This is usually £400 per year for each person applying – you can calculate the amount you’ll need to pay.

Global Talent Visa, Home Office

This means that you need to pay £152 as a Global Talent Visa fee, straightforward applying to get Endorsement. If you are originated from Turkey or North Macedonia, then you are luckier and will save £55 but pay £97 as official fees for Tech Nation Visa.

Importantly, there is no difference in amount to pay by Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent applicants. I think this is a very good thing. In particular, for equal consideration of both categories.

In fact, it’s really rare cases, when the actual payment for Global Talent Visa is the same as official fees. And in this article I want to demonstrate you which factors you need to consider, thinking about Global Talent Visa fees.

You Can’t Avoid Immigration Health Surcharge

It is also important to remember that the price of £152 (or £97) doesn’t include Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). In brief, it is a vital part of your visa application and you can’t submit your application unless you pay it. Also, it is a largest payment in your Global Talent Visa application. As you know, from October 2020, the IHS payment has increased. Now you must pay £624 per year (instead of £400 as it was before).

For example, you want to apply for a Global Talent Visa as an Exceptional Promise for 5 years. This means that you must pay over three thousand pounds as an official Global Talent Visa fee. In fact, £3,272 (or £3,217 if you are from Turkey or North Macedonia).

In other words, you must pay £152 (or £97) plus £624 x 5 years.

Of course, I understand that for some of you this sum is huge. I’ve been in your shoes and similarly struggle to collect this money. Moreover, if you have dependants… but this is a slightly different story.

Global Talent Visa Fees for Dependants

If you want to bring your family to the UK together with you – that’s completely fine. Then you must cover them with an umbrella of your Global Talent Visa. In this situation, your wife or husband will have Exceptional Talent Partner Visa. But your kid will get Exceptional Talent Child Visa.

From the financial point of view it’s important to realize that each dependant’s visa costs £608. Plus you also must pay Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for each defendant. Surely, per year.

For example, if you have a partner and a child then you need to pay additionally £1,216 for their visas. Indeed, a lot but love is love :).

In fact, the final sum of official Global Talent Visa fees for your dependants are even higher. Particularly, depending on which way you apply. So let’s consider specific examples.

This content is only for Global Talent Visa applicants with Extra Talent Visa Help or All Inclusive membership

Minimal Numbers of Exceptional Visa

In case you can’t get Extra Talent Visa Help Membership, I want to confirm you the minimal numbers, which you must have to apply for Global Talent Visa.

Are you ready to remember this? Then read aloud, please.


Yes, this is seven hundred seventy six pounds zero pence. This is a sum of official Global Talent Visa fees for one year of Exceptional Talent Visa route. Also, this is an official sum of money you must pay for Exceptional Promise route. This number is final and relevant for October 2020. No dependants or any other conditions.

Even if you are not too rich person, remember you are allowed to start with this and then extend your visa.

If you want to find a person who can have a quick look at your drafts for Global Talent Visa application, it's always possible. Just ask and in some cases you will get free honest opinion about what you have
If you want to find a person who can have a quick look at your drafts for Global Talent Visa application, it’s always possible. Just ask and in some cases you will get free honest opinion about what you have


Honestly, I am happy that today I demonstrated you the internal “kitchen” of the financial side of Global Talent Visa. I understand how it’s disappointing to be asked thousands of pounds. Particularly, when you are not sure about the quality of the offer. Hence, use the checklist for Immigration Consultant in Global Talent Visa, mentioned above. More sad situation is to get rejection and not get even basic support from your “consultant”. And, yes, it’s criminal offence to provide immigration consultations without OISC authorisation.

Finally, it must be remembered: you CAN apply by yourself. There are ways how to get your Endorsement and Tech Nation Visa with minimal financial impact. Sure, official Global Talent Visa fees are unavoidable. Please, read the beginning of this article if you’ve missed it.

However, many other payments, particularly, for consultants who ask thousands of pounds, can be re-considered. And this may save your money, nerves and sometimes – increase your chances to get Endorsement!

Believe me or not but the strongest personal statement is the one you write by yourself. If you need a proofread, I can do it for free. But I won’t write them instead of you. And the final question – have you read feedback at the end of the main page of this blog?

I am proud because within the five feedback, which I’ve listed, three of these talented people sent me their drafts of personal statements to proofread. I have helped them to improve their documents a little bit and voila :).

Believe in yourself, work hard and read this blog. More useful stuff is coming soon.

Talent Visa Help has been created for informational purpose and is not an official guidance for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application.

Talent Visa Help should not be used as a substitute for the official Tech Nation Guideline or Home Office Guideline. Talent Visa Help is NOT linked either with Tech Nation or Home Office. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the texts belong solely to the authors at Talent Visa Help. The contents of Talent Visa Help do not constitute legal advice and authors accept no liability for the accuracy of information provided. Applicants should always consult the official UK government guidance and seek professional immigration advice where appropriate.

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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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