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Global Talent Endorsement and visa application process

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Only the rules of the existing Tier 1 visa are more simplified and expanded in the Global Talent visa. The newer version is not included within the Part-6A of the UK Immigration rules anymore. The rules for this newer version are mentioned in Appendix-W (W stands for “Work”) of the immigration rules. The Global Talent visa is neither Tier 1 nor, it is points-based anymore. The applicants may get confused while applying in the latest version and hence it may be helpful for them if they consult the best immigration solicitors in the UK. The application process in the newer version still comprises of two steps, the Global Talent visa endorsement stage and visa application stage.

Two-stage application for the Global Talent visa

Following, we will discuss the steps an individual needs to follow to apply for the Global Talent visa,

Stage-1: The Global Talent visa endorsement

In stage-1, the global talent visa application is submitted to the Home office, however, the application will be finally evaluated by the relevant endorsing body depending on the applicant’s field of work. Among many other things, the relevant endorsing body will assess the abilities, skills, and achievements of the candidate and will advise the Home Office accordingly to grant or, refuse the endorsement application. Following are the endorsing bodies authorised by the Home Office,

  • The British Academy, for applicants of humanities
  • The Royal Society, for applicants of science and medicine
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering, for applicants of engineering
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for applicants of research
  • Tech Nation, for applicants of digital technology
  • Arts Council England, for applicants of arts and culture

The Arts Council England forwards the endorsement applications for applicants, who apply under the categories of Film & Television, Fashion, and Architecture to the following respective bodies for assessment,

  • Producers’ Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)
  • British Fashion Council.
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).


One of the essential technical points every applicant must remember during Stage 1 application is, this is not a standard immigration application and this application is not going to extend the candidate’s 3C leave. During this stage of application, the applicant needs to substantiate his/her abilities and achievements in front of the concerned endorsement body by submitting supportive documents not older than years. After review and assessment of the same, the applicant may be endorsed as either of the following,

  • A leader (previously exceptional talent)
  • An emerging leader (exceptional promise)
  • An “endorsed funder” under the UK Research and Innovation option.

The prime difference between a “leader” and an “emerging leader” category of endorsement is the qualifying period after which the applicant will be eligible to apply for ILR or, settlement in the UK on the Global talent visa route. Generally, these qualifying periods are 3 years and 5 years for leaders and emerging leaders respectively.

However, all applicants endorsed by any of the four science endorsing bodies can apply for the ILR in the UK after 3 years irrespective of their endorsement subcategory.

Stage-2: The Global Talent visa application

During this stage, the Home Office of the UK will evaluate the endorsed application from the point of view of immigration aspects. The home office will assess whether correct supportive documents are submitted along with the application, whether all the requirements stipulated by the immigration rules are fulfilled, and whether standard general grounds for refusal are applicable. The stage 2 application for a global talent visa is an actual immigration application. So, if the candidate is applying from inside the UK, he/she must be aware of all possible switching provisions. It is advised to consult the best immigration solicitors in the UK for a smooth application experience.

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