Endorsing bodies of the Global Talent visa
To be considered for entry under the Global Talent visa, applicants must normally* seek endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the Home Office.
The research and technology Global Talent visa endorsing bodies are the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Royal Society, Tech Nation, and UK Research and Innovation. These endorsing bodies will make an endorsement decision based on the evidence you provide.
There are three routes to fast-track a science endorsement:
- if you have accepted an eligible position at an approved UK higher education institution or research institute with responsibility either for academic, research or innovation leadership and development, or for directing or leading an individual or team research or innovation project or programme of work
- holders of certain individual fellowships
- research leaders and team members working on a research grant from an endorsed funder approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
If you do not have any of the above, you can also apply by having your application peer reviewed.
*Holders of certain prestigious prizes can apply for a visa without going through the initial endorsement stage. The list of eligible awards and further information is available on GOV.UK
After you have received your endorsement, you must then apply for your visa application.
How old do I need to be?
Can I settle in the UK?
May be eligible to settle after 3 years.
Do I need to be sponsored by an employer?
No. You will need an endorsement from a Global Talent endorsing body*.
Do I need to have a full time job?
The Global Talent visa allows applicants to be self employed, in salaried employment, undertake contract work etc. Individuals are able to move employers and / or take sabbaticals during the duration of their visa, without making a new application.
Is there a set salary requirement?
Do I need to prove I speak English?
No, unless you apply to settle in the UK.
Can my family come and work?
Yes, with limited exceptions to the type of work.
How much does the visa cost (£ per person) for those coming from outside the UK?
How much is the Immigration Health Surcharge (£ per person per year applied for)?
Do I need to have additional funds available?
What is the application process for those coming from outside the UK?
Once you have received an endorsement from an endorsing body, you will need to apply for entry clearance within 3 months.
Decision upon application to the Home Office usually takes 3 weeks.
Can I switch from another visa?
Yes, with the exception of some visa types.