Fast-Track Global Talent Visa
On 8th August 2019, the UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) announced that they will be introducing a new fast track visa to ‘cement the UK as a science power’.
This visa scheme has been created to attract selective individuals with skills in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects and is designed on the existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route.
How will this scheme work?
The scheme will grant qualifying individuals an initial visa for 3 years, there will be no compulsion for the individuals to secure a job before entering the UK, or even having to satisfy a minimum salary requirement.
Can dependants join?
Dependant family members will also be eligible to join the main applicant in the UK and will have the right to work in the UK without any restrictions.
How soon can you apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)?
Individuals who enter under this scheme can apply for ILR after 3 years and not the usual 5 years, providing they are able to satisfy the criteria set out by UKVI.
The government has stated:
“This initiative will ensure that those with specialist skills in STEM subjects can come to the UK and make an important contribution to our leading science and research sector, significantly enhancing the intellectual and knowledge base of the UK. The Home Office, together with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the scientific community, will do all we can to facilitate access for this specialist and skilled cohort of individuals to come and work, study and live in the UK.”
In conclusion this seems like a good initiative to attract talented individuals to the UK, which at the same time, gives them and their families the benefit of settling in the UK faster than most applicants.
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