Immigration Update: Changes to Global Talent Visa Guidance

The Global Talent Visa is a new visa category under the Immigration Rules Appendix W: Immigration Rules for Workers which expands on the former Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route. The Global Talent Visa was implemented in the UK on 20 February 2020, thus closing the former route to new Applicants. The Global Talent Visa is for exceptionally talented or promising individuals in their chosen field.  Our Immigration Solicitors in London are happy to assist Global Talent Applicants with both stages of the application process, from securing an endorsement to applying for the actual visa. However, it is important that Applicants are eligible to make an application so our business immigration team will first arrange for a consultation in order to assess your circumstances and consider the prospects of a successful Global Talent Visa application. Please contact us today with your enquiry.

What are the changes to the Global Talent Visa Guidance?

Further to the recent Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, there have been some amendments to the Global Talent Visa guidance. Some of the main changes include:

  • For initial Applicants – Further clarification that the endorsing bodies do not cover all skill sets and therefore not all Applicants can be considered for the Global Talent Visa;
  • For Digital Technology Applicants – Antler, Creative Destruction Labs and Natwest Accelerator added to the list of qualifying accelerator programmes;
  • Stage 1 applications, evidential requirements – Added information about submission of evidence via email;
  • Qualifying periods for settlement applications – Information about settlement periods for digital technology, the arts and culture Applicants;
  • Endorsement reviews – Clarification where review may be appropriate.

All the above changes have come into force from 4 June 2020.

How can I apply for Global Talent visa in UK?

There are two stages to the Global Talent Visa. Stage 1 is the endorsement stage whereby an Applicant must get an endorsement from an official endorsement body. The endorsement bodies for Global Talent applications are:

  • The Royal Society, for science and medicine;
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering, for engineering;
  • The British Academy, for humanities;
  • Tech Nation, for digital technology;
  • Arts Council England, for arts and culture – fashion, architecture or film and television Applicants will have to apply to the Arts Council England who will then pass the application on for review to the British Fashion Council, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), or the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT) respectively; and
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for research applicants.

Once the endorsement has been secured, Applicants can then apply for the visa at Stage 2. It is also possible to apply for both at the same time, however, if the endorsement is unsuccessful then the visa will automatically be refused. All Global Talent applications are made using the online application form.

How long is the Global Talent Visa for?

Both the initial grant of Global Talent leave and extension applications can be granted for any period between 1 and 5 years as requested by the Applicant.

There is also no maximum amount of time that an Applicant can spend on the Global Talent Visa, as long as they can continue to meet the requirements for extension applications.

Can I apply for Global Talent Settlement?

The Global Talent Visa offers several settlement routes. Under paragraph W2.1(a) of Appendix W, main Applicants who are endorsed by one of the four Science bodies qualify for accelerated settlement in 3 years instead of 5 years. For Applicants who were endorsed by Tech Nation or the Arts Council England, Applicants only qualify for accelerated settlement if they were endorsed under the ‘talent’ criteria, but not ‘promise’ criteria.

Using our Immigration Solicitors in London to submit a successful Global Talent visa application

Legal representatives, such as our specialist immigration and visa law firm, are qualified to advise you on immigration law and your immigration matter. You can instruct one of our immigration and visa legal representatives to successfully assist you with an application to apply for a Global Talent visa. Our solicitors and Barristers will help you comply with the Home Office’s requirements and meet the Immigration Rules.

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 application succeeds, our solicitors and barristers will ensure all specified documents must be provided.

The UK Immigration Rules are complex and a legal representative can help ensure that your 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 prospects of submitting a Global Talent visa application before your application even reaches the Home Office UK Visa & Immigration department. We can assist you with the preparation and submission of a Global Talent visa application and ensure that you meet all the requirements under Appendix W of the Immigration 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.  We are minutes away from the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, the Royal Courts of Justice and other central London courts.

Preparation is the key to successful immigration applications. 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 to discuss a Global Talent visa application.

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

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