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February 4, 2021

Global Talent Visa Requirements

Global Talent Visa, also known as Exceptional Talent Visa is available for promising and talented professionals who wish to move and pursue their career in the UK. Anyone working within the science, engineering, medicine, digital technology, art, television, and film sectors can apply.


The Global Talent Visa can be obtained within the following sectors:

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine and humanities
  • Digital technology
  • Arts and culture (including combined arts, dance, literature, music, theatre, and visual arts, which include people working in museums and galleries in an artist context. But does not include museums focussed work)


Global Talent Visa Eligibility

To be eligible for a Global Talent Visa, you must be able to demonstrate that you have been recognised as a talented expert within your specialist field, are an established artist, or have the potential to become a leading artist.

The applicant needs to show:

  • Evidence of a significant track record in more than one country (if applying for an Exceptional Talent Visa) or if you are applying under the “Exceptional Promise” criteria that you are developing a track record in one or more countries.


  • That you have professionally produced work of outstanding quality that has been published in places other than newspapers or magazines.


  • Recent regular activity (within the last five years) of professional engagement as a practitioner in your field.


Alongside your application visa application for endorsement from Arts Council England, you must provide three letters supporting your case from culturally recognised organisations and experts in your field. You will also need to provide no more than ten pieces of supporting evidence demonstrating your talent or promise.

You can apply to stay in the UK for up to five years in the first instance. You are allowed to bring any dependents but they will be subject to UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) regulations and additional fees will be levied.

Successful applicants will be required to support themselves and will not be able to access public funds or state assistance. Although you may still apply to Arts Council England for project funding, such as National Lottery or Developing Creative Practice grants.

A Global Talent Visa allows you to change employers or be self-employed and you do not need to have obtained specific prior employment before applying for it. All applications should be made via the Gov.UK website.

Application for Arts Council England Process

The application for Arts Council England endorsement is a two-stage process:

  • Stage One: Arts Council England endorsement application – this typically takes up to eight weeks. It is important to note that there is no fast-track or accelerated option if you are applying to Arts Council England for endorsement at this time. A stage one endorsement application currently costs £456 and is payable to UKVI, not Arts Council England.
  • Stage Two: Global Talent Visa Application – this takes approximately three weeks if you are applying from outside the UK, or eight weeks if you are applying from inside the UK. A stage two visa application currently costs £152 and is payable to UKVI.

The above fees do not include other costs, such as the healthcare surcharge.


Contact our Immigration Lawyers – Global Talent Visa

Mann’s Solutions is an international immigration law firm with offices in London, Hong Kong, and Moscow. We are specialised in offering UK Visas and Immigration by Investment services to high net worth individuals. Our immigration lawyers are regulated by OISC (Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner) and IMC (Investment Migration Council).

For further information or to discuss your circumstances in a private consultation with our immigration lawyers in London Office, please contact us at or call +44 207 993 63 46.