Who is Eligible Under the Global Talent Visa Scheme?
Replacing the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route, the Global Talent Visa pathway is open exclusively to individuals considered exceptionally talented in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, research, the arts and technology. Formal endorsement from an approved body is required to be considered eligible under the terms of the scheme.
How Long is a Global Talent Visa Valid?
A Global Talent Visa applied for outside the UK will be valid for five years and four months, or for five years if applied for within the UK. Once you have spent three years in the United Kingdom under the Global Talent Visa scheme, you will have the opportunity to apply for indefinite leave to remain. There is also an expedited three-year settlement option for talented individuals in the fields of research and science.
How Much Does it Cost to Apply?
The application process takes place in two stages – Endorsement (£456) and Visa Application (£152). The Visa Application cost is reduced to £97 for citizens of Macedonia and Turkey.
Is it Possible to Switch to a Global Talent Visa from a Tier 2 Visa?
Not only is it possible to switch to a Global Talent Visa from a Tier 2 Visa, but you can also switch from Tier 1 and (in some instances) Tier 5. Call or e-mail anytime to organise your obligation-free consultation to discuss your eligibility.
What Kind of Information Might I Need to Provide?
Along with your basic personal information, you also need to submit a copy of your endorsement letter from an approved endorsing body, a valid passport (or equivalent) and a full criminal background check from any countries in which you have resided within the last 10 years.
When Can My Global Talent Visa Be Extended?
Extension applications can be submitted up to four weeks (28 days) prior to the expiration of your current visa. As long as you submit your application prior to the expiration date of your current visa, you will be permitted to stay in the UK while you wait for confirmation from the Home Office.
How is a Skilled Worker Visa Different to a Global Talent Visa?
Those who qualify for entry to the Global Talent Visa enjoy a near-total freedom to work in any capacity and any location, just as long as it falls within their specialist field. Skilled workers, by contrast, are hired by specific organisations to carry out specific jobs and are extremely limited in terms of scope for changing jobs or working activities.
Will I Need to Prove My English language Skills?
There is currently no requirement to sit a formal English language test to qualify under the Global Talent Visa pathway?
Can I Appeal if My Visa Application is Declined?
Yes, but we strongly advise doing so under the supervision of an experienced legal professional. Even if you are confident you know why your application was declined, it is essential to ensure that your appeal and/or subsequent application is handled in an appropriate manner.
For more information on any of the above or to discuss your eligibility under the Global Talent Visa scheme in more detail, contact a member of the team at Aristone Solicitors today.