UK Global talent Visa

United Kingdom is one of the leaders both economically and culturally worldwide. It has had its influence across the globe. The country started the Global Talent visa program in the year 2020 with an intention to attract talented leaders in the fields of humanities, engineering, arts and technologies. This program is a replacement for the earlier Tier 1 visa program for Exceptional talent. This program is points based. You will be applying for Leave to Remain visa. LTR is UK green card.


Who can apply for the program?

  • You should be 18 years and above to qualify for this program
  • You should obtain an endorsement from one of the below endorsing bodies.

    i. Royal Society

    ii. UK research and innovation

    iii. Royal academy of Engineering

    iv. The British Academy

    v. Arts council of England

    vi. Tech Nation

  • While the first 4 endorsing bodies apply to those applying in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, social or humanities, the applications from non-academic personnel will need to approach Arts council of England or Tech Nation for endorsement.

    Each of these endorsing bodies has their own set of criteria to assess an applicant. The applicants will be segregated under two criteria, one who have already proven their talent in the field and another are those who are at the beginning stages of their careers. While the first criteria are labeled Exceptional talent Criteria, the second is labeled Exceptional Promise criteria.

  • You will need to earn a score of a minimum of 70 points at the time of entry clearance and also when applying for LTR visa. To earn the 70 points at the time of entry clearance, you must

    i. Have been issued an endorsement letter

    ii. Have received such an endorsement letter from an authorized endorsing body

    iii. Have received the letter during the 3 months just prior to your application submission

    iv. Have ensured that your endorsement letter has not been revoked for any reason possible

  • You need to provide enough documental evidence to prove your talent or your potential in the field chosen. This could involve any kind of publishing of your work in any magazine or newspaper, any kind of recognition in the field, distribution of your work and application. These again should be recent and relevant to your field of specialization. You should have exceptional track record

Arts Council – Endorsing body requirement:

Non-academician applicants will be directed towards Arts council for endorsement. They handle applicants who contribute to the fields of all kinds of arts. It involves combined arts, dance, Literature, Music, theatre, visual arts and more.

You will need to provide documental evidence or any other form of evidence to help the Arts council endorse your stand. Any proof of your performance is useful.

Along with this, you will need to provide at least 3 letters of support from any cultural organization or recognized experts in your field.

If you are of exceptional talent, you will need to provide evidence from atleast 2 different countries proving your stand.

However, the number of proofs submitted cannot exceed 10.

The British Academy, The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering – Requirement:

You must apply for endorsement from these bodies if you are in the field of science, engineering, humanities and medicine.

Depending on your expertise, these endorsing bodies will allow your application for endorsement to be assessed either in fast-tracked or in full-review mode.

The applicant will need to provide the required documents.

Tech nation – Requirement:

Tech Nation is the endorsing body for all personnel with digital background, as appointed by the Home office. If you are applying as an expert in the field of digital technology, then you will need to prove

  • Your expertise in the latest technology which include building, using, deploying or exploiting technology and building technical infrastructure, if you are applying as a technical expert
  • If you are applying as a business applicant, then you will have to prove your expertise in investments and commerce for tech products or your product expertise at building the tech products
  • You need to provide documental evidence to prove your track record in technology or in tech investments or contributions to the field of technology.

The Process

There are 2 stages in the process.

1. Apply for endorsement.

  • The endorsing body take 28 days to process the endorsement application. This is true only if there are no queries from the endorsing body. Delays could happen based on the situations

2. Apply for Global Talent Visa after receiving the endorsement.

  • The process depends on your location.
  • If you are living outside of UK, then you will be approaching your nearest UK consulate to get your “Entry Clearance” done.
  • Once you receive this, you are good to fly to UK.
  • It could take 3 to 8 weeks for the application to be processed.

This program does not require you to satisfy any language tests. However, when applying for Leave to Remain Visa, you will need to take up the Language test to prove your language ability.

Benefits of Global Talent Visa

  • This UK Global talent Visa is a 5 year visa program and can renewed as required
  • This visa leads to LTR (leave to remain) Visa eligibility which leads to Citizenship in the country
  • You can change jobs without having to notify UK Home Office
  • You can work for any employer in UK or you can be self-employed or be a director of any company there.
  • You can bring your family to UK on this Visa – your spouse or legal partner and your children under the age of 18 years.


What XIPHIAS can do to help you with the program?

  • We provide expert guidance- legal or otherwise at every stage possible
  • We help you with your application process in complete including helping you fill-out the application as would be required
  • We help you with evaluation of your profile to see what actions could be taken to help you with your migration to UK through this program


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