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Fast track Global Talent visa

September 1, 2021 | Immigration, News, UK Government

From May 2021, the UK government opened a fast track route for prestigious award winners. Those who have won prizes such as Nobel Prizes, the Turing Award, Oscars and Golden Globes are able to benefit from the changes to the Global Talent visa. The fast track visa is a replacement of the old Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

The Global Talent visa route allows eligible individuals to apply for an endorsement from an endorsing body if they have won a specific eligible award. However, the new fast track route allows individuals to make one single application, therefore, skipping the endorsement stage of the process.

The following are eligible awards:

  • science, technology, engineering and maths: Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Chemistry, Economic Science and Medicine; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; Fields Medal; Turing Award
  • music: Brit Award – International Male/Female; Mobo – Best International Act; Grammys – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • film, TV and theatre: Various Academy Award and Golden Globe categories; Bafta – Best Film Actress/Actor/Director; various Tony Awards and Olivier Awards
  • arts & literature: Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; Hugo Boss Prize; Nobel Prize – Literature

Is there a large difference between the fast track Global Talent visa and the non-fast track route?

For the non-fast track route, the Home Office says that once your documents have been provided, applicants can expect a decision within 3 weeks if outside the UK and 8 weeks if inside the UK. The endorsement stage of the application process is said to take just a few weeks.

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