A new Global Talent Scheme explained

On 30 January 2020, the UK government announced that a new Global Talent Scheme will open on 20 February 2020. This category will replace the existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category.

The Global Talent is aiming to attract the world’s top talents and promising individuals in specific sectors and fields, such as science, digital technology and arts and culture (including film and television, fashion design and architecture).

Applicants will have to obtain an endorsement from a Home Office approved endorsing body, namely, the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Please note that the existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsing bodies (the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation and Arts Council England) will be joined by UKRI under the new visa scheme.

The Home Office mentioned that there will be no requirement for applicants to receive a job offer. In addition, migrants will be able to move freely between organisations, locations, jobs and roles. Moreover, they will not have to receive a minimum salary to be eligible.

Migrants endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine will be able to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) once they have resided in the UK for 3 years regardless of whether they were granted under the “promise” criteria or the “talent” criteria. However, the qualifying period for settlement under the “promise” criteria for digital technology and arts and culture applicants will be 5 years (as it is currently required under Tier 1 Exceptional Talent).

Compared to the existing Exceptional Talent visa, the new Global Talent visa category will not be subject to a cap on the number of applicants.

The Global Talent visa will have four routes to secure a visa for different roles: Senior appointments, Fellowships, Endorsed funders and Peer review.

In addition, Global Talent applicants who have been endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine who undertake research overseas directly related to their grant of leave, may do so without that absence being ‘counted’ when their application for settlement is going to be assessed. This exemption will also apply to their dependants.

For more detailed information, please refer to the GOV.UK website: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statement-of-changes-to-the-immigration-rules-hc-56-30-january-2020 and UKRI website: https://www.ukri.org/research/international/global-talent-visa/

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