Global Talent. Simplified.
We can help you apply for your Global Talent visa. Here we tell you how
What are the eligibility requirements to apply for a Global Talent visa?
This category is for highly skilled people in specific fields who wish to work in the UK.
Applicants will already be internationally recognised at the highest level as leaders in their particular field or have already demonstrated exceptional promise and are likely to become leaders in their particular field.
An endorsing body will assess whether the applicant meets the eligibility requirements on an endorsement application. An applicant using a Prestigious Prize to qualify does not require an endorsement.
How do I apply for a Global Talent visa?
First, you need to apply for endorsement by the endorsing body responsible for your area of expertise (see our FAQs section below for a list of what area of expertise is covered by which endorsing body). This is known as Stage 1.
You must provide the documents required by your chosen endorsing body unless you are a digital technology applicant. Digital technology applicants must upload their supporting documents via the Tech Nation application form, and are not requested to send evidence to the Home Office.
If you are endorsed, you then need to apply for the Global Talent visa. This is also an online application. This is known as Stage 2.
How much does it cost to apply for a Global Talent visa?
The application for the endorsement is £456. If you get the endorsement and apply for the visa you have to £152.
At the point of the visa application, you will also have to pay £624 per year of the endorsement (which you can choose, up to 5 years) for the Immigration Health Surcharge.
If you wish to apply with any dependants (e.g. partner, children), you will have to pay £608 for each application, and the Immigration Health Surcharge for each dependant (the rate for children is £400 per year of stay).
As an illustrative example, for a lead applicant to apply with a partner and two children for a three year stay, the total cost would be £8,576.
Note that this does not include any additional Home Office fees e.g. paying for a quicker decision in your application.
What information do I need to provide in the Global Talent visa application form?
Because of the nature of this visa route, the evidence you will need to provide will depend entirely on the endorsing body requirements.
What supporting documents do I need to provide with my Global Talent visa application?
The supporting documents you will need to submit depend on the endorsing body you are applying to. The requirements for each endorsing body are taken from Home Office guidance (correct at the time of writing, December 2021), and are set out below.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England endorse applications themselves, but also refer endorsement applications out for certain specialisms. Where ACE is itself the endorsing body, it requires:
3 letters of endorsement that demonstrate their work as an individual or named member of a group: o one must be from a UK based arts and cultural organisation, institution or company o one must be from an arts and cultural organisation, institution or company, which may or may not be UK based o one must be from either a third arts and culture organisation (based either in the UK or overseas) or from an eminent individual with recognised expertise in the applicant’s specialist field • up to 10 pieces of supporting documentation (which will be listed on the stage 1 application form)
The requirements for its sub-endorsers are as follows:
Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT)
3 letters of endorsement as described above for ACE applicants, from organisations or individuals in the film and television industry • evidence of each award they were nominated for or won, including: o full details of the production nomination or award, including category and year of nomination or award o evidence of the applicant’s involvement if the nomination or award was as part of a group o evidence of the credit the applicant received for the nomination or award o if the applicant is claiming credit for an award where they made a significant and direct contribution, evidence of their significant and direct contribution to the win or nomination
the British Fashion Council (BFC)
3 letters of endorsement from established organisations, institutions or companies with a national or international reputation and recognised expertise in fashion: o if applying under Exceptional Talent criteria, at least one of these letters must be from a UK organisation • up to 10 pieces of supporting documentation (which will be listed on the stage 1 application form)
the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
3 letters of endorsement as described above for ACE applicants, from organisations or individuals in the architecture industry • evidence of each award they were nominated for or won, including: o full details of the nomination or award, including category and year of nomination or award o evidence of the applicant’s involvement if the nomination or award was as part of a group o evidence of the credit the applicant received for the nomination or award o if the applicant is claiming credit for an award where they made a significant and direct contribution, evidence of their significant and direct contribution to the win or nomination • up to 10 pieces of supporting documentation (which will be listed on the stage 1 application form)
Science bodies (peer-review) (British Academy, Royal Society or Royal Academy of Engineering applications)
Applicants must provide a: • letter of recommendation from an eminent person in the UK • CV A written recommendation from a reputable UK organisation may be also supplied. This second letter is one of 3 possible options under the exceptional talent qualifying criteria and so will not always be supplied. The second letter is not required for exceptional promise applicants.
For Tech Nation applications, applicants must provide: • 3 letters of recommendation from 3 different well-established organisations acknowledged as experts in the digital technology field • a CV • up to 10 pieces of information to demonstrate that they meet the qualifying criteria: o if the applicant has had any active or dissolved digital technology businesses in the last 5 years, or evidence of share ownership through business in a digital technology sector company, their 10 documents must include evidence of this.
Can you review my Global Talent visa application before it is submitted?
We regularly review Global Talent visa applications prior to their submission, and which we would usually do via our popular one-off consultation service. If you would be interested in this please do get in touch.
Do you need a lawyer to make a Global Talent visa application?
Lots of people make GT endorsement applications without engaging a lawyer.
However, we have assisted several clients to successfully make applications in the last few years, including individuals who had been refused previously when they applied by themselves.
The endorsement application is usually the more challenging of the two stages. We would not say that you needed a lawyer for the Stage 2 visa application after securing endorsement.
If you are in doubt about whether you think you need a lawyer give us a call for a chat.
HOW CAN WE HELP WITH YOUR GLOBAL TALENT VISA APPLICATION
As a part of our one-off consultation service, we regularly review applications for endorsement along with supporting documents prior to their submission to the relevant endorsing body. This service is aimed at applicants who are
- concerned about their eligibility to apply for endorsement under the Global Talent visa programme
- unsure about the supporting documents required in their application, or whether they are strong enough to secure endorsement, or
- seeking reassurance from an experienced practitioner to make sure everything has been correctly completed
Your review will be undertaken by Nick Nason, principal at Edgewater Legal, and listed as an expert on the Lexis Nexis immigration experts Q&A panel, and regular commentator and contributor to Free Movement, the best read UK immigration law blog.
We charge a flat fee of £300 + VAT for this service. You can find further details on our one-off consultation page.
We regularly represent individuals making Global Talent visa applications to the Home Office. If you instruct us to assist with your application, we will manage the process from end to end, from completion of the application for endorsement through to advice on the visa decision (if endorsement is given). This includes the following
- Clear initial advice regarding eligibility with a detailed letter of advice and guidance on the route, and what is required
- Very high level of responsiveness including contact by email, phone or other means
- Advice on, and scrutiny of, supporting documents prior to submission of the endorsement application with collation and preparation of the application on a shared drive
- Assistance with both the initial endorsement application, and the subsequent immigration application following endorsement (if given)
- Drafting of covering letter to be filed with application
- Completion of the online application forms based on your instructions
- Conversion of all documents to PDF format and uploading on the Home Office application portal
- Advice and guidance on rights and responsibilities once visa obtained
We offer our Global Talent representation service for a fixed fee of £2,500 + VAT.
This does not include the Home Office application or other fees.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is an application for an endorsement an “immigration application”?
Stage 1 is not an application for permission to stay or entry clearance, so there is no requirement for applicants to provide a passport or biometrics
This is important because, if you are in the UK on a different visa route (e.g. skilled worker), you can make as many applications as you want without it affecting your underlying right to remain in the UK.
Do I meet the requirements to apply under the Global Talent visa?
This will depend on your particular case and the criteria of the endorsing body considering your application.
We would be able to advise on the merits of your application via our popular one-off consultation service. If you would be interested in this please do get in touch.
What kind of evidence can I send?
All evidence will need to be in PDF document format.
Home Office guidance makes clear that submitted evidence cannot include:
- digital files
- web links
It also makes clear that if you want to rely on the content of a webpage as one of your 10 permitted supporting documents, then you must “provide a printed copy of the page which clearly shows the hyperlink for the page.”
What is the refusal rate for applications for endorsement under the Global Talent visa route?
As far as we are aware, there are no publicly available statistics confirming the rate of refusal for applications by endorsing bodies.
How long can I come to the UK on a Global Talent visa?
The length of the visa is up to an applicant, and can be up to 5 years.
Note that those endorsed as leaders in their fields will qualify for settlement after 3 years. Those endorsed as having exceptional promise will qualify after 5 years.
Bear in mind the costs increase depending on how long you wish to stay due to the per year charge (payable up front) of the Immigration Health Surcharge.