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Global Talent Visa: Outline and General Guidelines

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Our clients who is keen to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional talent Visa or Global Talent Visa hesitating to start the process due to resent announced changes in UK immigration law about this type of category, then we decided to provide answers on common questions below:

When will the Global Talent Visa category open?

The Global Talent Visa will open to new applications on 20 February 2020.

Will the requirements for a Global Talent visa outlined in Point Based System?

No, the new Global Talent Visa will be set out in Appendix W to the Immigration Rules. It will not form part of the Points-Based System.

What are eligibility requirements to apply for a Global Talent visa?

New Global Talent visa will be open to talented and promising applicants in the fields of science, digital technology and arts and culture wishing to work in the United Kingdom.  ‘Talent’ applicants will already be leaders in their respective field, while ‘promise’ applicants will have shown the potential to become leaders in their field.

Is the Global Talent visa only going to be open to scientists and researchers?

No, the Global Talent Visa will be open to talented and promising applicants within the digital technology and arts and culture, including film and television, fashion design and architecture sectors.

Will there be any limited number of applications per year on Global Talent visa?

No, Global Talent Visa category will not be subject to a cap on the number of applicants.

Will Global Talent visa applicants need to be endorsed?

Yes, The existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa endorsing bodies, such as the Royal Society, the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, Tech Nation and Arts Council England will be joined by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) under the new Global Talent Visa category.

How long will a Global Talent visa be valid for?

Global Talent applicants can choose how much leave and apply up to a maximum of 5 years they wish to be granted in a single application.

Will applicant able to apply for Settlement/ILR via the Global Talent visa category?

Yes, Applicants endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine will be able to apply for settlement after 3 years regardless of whether they were granted under the “promise” criteria, the “talent” criteria or a new endorsed funder option. The qualifying period to apply for settlement under the “promise” criteria for digital technology and arts and culture applicants will be 5 years.

Will there be a residence requirement for ILR as a Global Talent migrant?

In order to qualify for indefinite leave to remain, visa holders will need to have spent not more than 180 days outside the UK during any rolling 12 month during the continuous period of leave relied upon. However there are some exemptions, Global Talent visa holders who have been endorsed by the endorsing bodies responsible for science, engineering, humanities and medicine and who undertake research overseas directly related to their grant of leave, will not have such absences counted when they apply for settlement.  Partners of Global Talent migrants will be treated in the same way.

When Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa category will be closed for new applicants?

The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa category will close to new applicants on 20 February 2020.

What will happen if applicant have an Exceptional Talent endorsement application pending on 20 February 2020?

Applications for endorsement as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant submitted before 20 February 2020 will be decided in accordance with the Immigration Rules in force on 19 February 2020.

What will happen if applicant have an Exceptional Talent immigration application pending on 20 February 2020?

Applications for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain as a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent migrant submitted before 20 February 2020 will be decided in accordance with the Immigration Rules in force on 19 February 2020.

What if applicant have a valid Tier 1 Exceptional Talent endorsement letter but have not submitted an application under the Tier 1 route on 20 February 2020?

Applicants who hold a valid Exceptional Talent endorsement letter, but who have not submitted an application under the route will be able to use this to apply for entry clearance or leave under the Global Talent category.

How can applicant extend their leave to remain if they hold a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa?

Applicants who already hold Tier 1 Exceptional Talent leave will be able to extend it under the Global Talent category.

How applicant can apply for Settlement/ILR, if they  hold leave as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant?

Settlement applications from Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Migrants will continue to be accepted, without the need for applicants to first switch into the Global Talent route.

You can read more information in below statement or contact our Immigration lawyers London.

In a Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules (HC56, 30 January 2020) published on 30.01.2020.

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