Making a Global Talent Visa application amid the Coronavirus outbreak

A Global Talent Visa application is made under Appendix W to the Immigration Rules is for the “brightest and best” talent from outside the EEA, enabling them to come to the UK to excel in their specialist field. The Global Talent route has been live for just over a month and it has replaced and expanded on the former Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route under the Points Based System. As with the former Tier 1 route, Applicants must first get an endorsement from a Home Office designated endorsing body (stage 1) before making an application to the Home Office for the actual visa (stage 2). Our Immigration Solicitors in London are experts in dealing with a range of Points Based System and Appendix W applications. We understand that the current global situation with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is a deeply confusing, frightening and unsettling time for everyone across the world, however, the Home Office is still accepting visa applications; including the Global Talent Visa, therefore we would be happy to arrange a Skype or telephone consultation with anyone who would like to come to the UK on this visa route and we can explain our full range of services.

What is Stage 1 of the Global Talent Visa application?

Stage 1 of the Global Talent Visa process is securing an endorsement from an endorsing body relevant to the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture). The endorsing bodies are:

As an expansion of the former Tier 1 route, Applicants can also apply if they are offered a Senior Appointment, Fellowship, Endorsed Funder or Peer Review.

Applicants are still able to use a valid endorsement given under the old Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa rules to apply for a Global Talent visa and will therefore not need to get a new endorsement under the Global Talent visa rules.

What is Stage 2 of the Global Talent Visa application?

Once an endorsement has been awarded, an application can then be made to the Home Office for the Global Talent Visa. Applicants can apply for a period of leave between 1 and 5 years and there is a route to settlement (indefinite leave to remain). The settlement options are as follows:

  • 3 years with an exceptional talent visa;
  • 3 years with an exceptional talent endorsement in science;
  • 3 years with an endorsement under the UKRI endorsed funder scheme;
  • 5 years with an exceptional promise endorsement in either arts and culture or digital technology.

Applicants will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (HIS) as part of the visa application. There is no maintenance or English language requirement or credibility assessment for the Global Talent Visa unlike other Appendix W and Points Based System applications.

Can I still see an Immigration lawyer to discuss a Global Talent Visa application given the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Yes. We are a technologically advanced law firm and are well equipped for the current situation and have the resources and infrastructure to support you with any UK immigration issue.

We are actively monitoring and responding to the COVID-19 situation and will continue to follow advice and guidance issued by the UK GovernmentPublic Health England and the NHS.

The well-being of our team and our clients is our priority. We are following the advice to maintain social distancing, therefore we will hold all meetings with clients via video conferencing or via our telephone conferencing facilities for the foreseeable future.

Please contact our Immigration Team to arrange a consultation with us so we can assess your case in more detail and give you advice specific to your individual circumstances.

Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to apply for a Global Talent Visa

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration status. It is possible to instruct an immigration and visa legal representative to submit a global talent visa application.

Caseworkers at the Home Office are trained to reject applications which are improperly prepared, for example by failing to provide the correct supporting evidence. In order to ensure your global talent visa application succeeds, all necessary documents must be provided.

This can be a significant administrative task and you will need to submit the correct documentary evidence. The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your global talent visa application meets the Immigration Rules.

Successful Global Talent Visa applications with our Immigration Solicitors in London

Our team of solicitors and barristers are specialist immigration lawyers who act in your best interest. We offer a client-tailored approach from the outset. From the very first meeting, we will be able to advise you in respect of your immigration status and the merit of your global talent visa application before your matter even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a new global talent visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements of the relevant rules.

We are based in the legal epicentre of London, just across the road from the Royal Courts of Justice in order to ensure we get the best results for our clients. LEXVISA is just minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to a successful new global talent visa application. Our UK immigration and visa solicitors are here to guide you through the complex immigration rules and requirements. If you wish to meet one of our lawyers, please call our Immigration Team so we can assess your case and arrange your legal consultation.

Contact our London immigration solicitors on 02071830570 or complete our contact form.

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