GLOBAL TALENT VISA
Work in the UK as a researcher or academic leader (Global Talent visa)
There are four routes to obtaining endorsement* for a Global Talent visa in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences and the humanities.
Global Talent visa: overview
The Global Talent visa is a UK immigration category for talented and promising individuals in specific sectors wishing to work in the UK. It replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa in February 2020.
To be considered for entry under the Global Talent visa, applicants must normally* seek endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the UK Home Office.
If you are applying for endorsement in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences or the humanities, the Home Office will refer your application to the
Royal Academy of Engineering
Royal Society or
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
These endorsement bodies will make an endorsement decision based on the evidence you provide.
If you are applying for endorsement in the fields of arts and culture and digital technology, your application will be referred to
Arts Council England or
These two endorsement bodies follow separate endorsement criteria.
If endorsement is granted, the final immigration decision rests with the Home Office.
*Holders of certain prestigious prizes can apply for a visa without going through the initial endorsement stage.
The list of eligible awards and further information is available on GOV.UK.
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