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Global Talent Visa

On 20th February 2020, The Home Office replaced the latter immigration category, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa, with the current Global Talent visa. This visa has been designed to target individuals who have much talent, brightness and high aptitude, work in specified industries and seek to work in the UK.


Before starting an application for this route, individuals must be considered as “a leader or potential leader” in certain sectors stipulated by the Home Office. The sectors are either of the following:

  • Academics or research such as engineering, sciences, or humanities
  • Non-academic fields such as arts and culture
  • Digital technology

To be “a leader or potential leader”, individuals can prove this by gaining an endorsement from an endorsed body listed by the Home Office. Some of the endorsing bodies enlisted are:

  • The British Academy
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The Royal Society
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Arts Council England (follows separate endorsement criteria)
  • Tech Nation               (follows separate endorsement criteria)

Upon obtainment of an endorsement by an approved endorsing body, it is then at the sole discretion of the Home Office to approve or reject an individual’s application for this visa route.

Priority applications

As of 21st August 2020, visa applicants may now qualify to receive a faster decision on either their Global Talent visa or settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain) applications. This is known as making a ‘super priority’ application and individuals will be required to pay an additional fee. However, this will not be available for individuals still at stage 1, i.e still seeking endorsement.

For individuals who have already successfully completed stage 1 (obtained an endorsement from an approved endorsing body) and are residing in the UK, they can submit their immigration leave applications as ‘super priority’ applications.

Super priority applications may also be made by those who wish to extend their Global Talent Leave or apply for settlement status. Individuals outside of the UK and abroad may too benefit from this concession if:

  • The country where they apply from has options for them to submit their entry clearance application utilising a priority service and
  • Individuals can demonstrate they have authority to be living in that country for longer than 6 months 

Presently, the UK has a well-known interest to recruit the best global talent into the UK because of the scheduled implementation of its new points-based immigration system in January 2021. Since low skilled workers will no longer satisfy the requirements to obtain a visa to enter the UK, there is much demand and call for encouraging entrepreneurs, researchers, scientists, engineers and talented individuals across certain yet multiple fields to enter and stay in the UK.

Should you require further information or if you require legal advice or assistance with your Global Talent visa application, please get in touch with a legal professional at Hudson McKenzie via email at or by telephone +44(0)20 3318 5794.