Steps to obtain a Global Talent Visa


The Global Talent Visa came into the force from 20 February 2020 after replacing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa.  The best route for promising individuals, Global Talent Visa is those who want to come to the UK for work or run a business if they are a leader or potential leader in one of the qualifying fields of academics or research, arts and culture, and digital technology. The applicants must be endorsed by a relevant endorsement body. The Endorsement bodies are The Royal Society-For Science and Medicine, The Royal Academy of Engineering-For Engineering, Tech Nation-For Digital Technology, Arts Council England-For Arts and Culture, The British Academy-For Humanities, and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) – For Research Applicants.

The Global Talent Visa offers the ability to change roles and employ companies without notifying from the Home Office, earn additional income from other sources or consultancy which may or may not be relevant to the field in which the applicant was endorsed, or set up a spin-out company.

Process of obtaining Global Talent Visa

The candidate can apply for a Global Talent Visa once having been endorsed from the relevant endorsing body to prove that he or she is a leader or potential leader. After getting the endorsement, the earliest the candidate can apply for a Global Talent Visa is 3 months before actually travel. One can get a decision about Global Talent Visa within 3 weeks if the candidate is outside the UK or 8 weeks if the candidate is inside the UK. The candidate can expect a faster decision. Please note that if the candidate is applying for a Global Talent Visa and endorsement at the same time and if the endorsement is refused, the visa will be refused as well.

Documents needed for Endorsement

For instance, if you are applying for endorsement from Tech Nation, the candidate needs to provide all the documents in order to assess the application.

  • A Tech Nation Visa Application Form with a personal statement with a clear explanation of contribution to the UK Digital Technology Sector.
  • Curriculum Vitae where it is clearly defined as the candidate’s career and relevant published history.
  • Three letters of recommendation signed by senior members of different organisations in the digital technology sector.
  • 10 pieces of evidence in order to demonstrate key & qualifying criteria

Documents for Visa Application

  • A current passport with a blank page for a visa.
  • Other valid travel identification
  • Candidate’s Tuberculosis Test Results
  • Certificated translation includes passports, photocard driving licences, council tax bills, letters from a government department, and a letter from a hospital signed by someone well-respected in the community.


If the candidate is outside the UK, he or she can apply online. The candidate can apply to a visa application center. He or she needs to have fingerprints and photographs to get a biometric residence permit as a considerable part of the Global Talent Visa. If the candidate is already in the UK, he or she can switch to the visa and can also be extended a Global Talent Visa from outside or inside the UK.

Switch to Global Talent Visa

If the candidate is already in the UK under Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 5 (Temporary worker-Government Authorised Exchange), Start-up visa, and Innovator Visa, he or she can switch to a Global Talent Visa. The candidate can choose the duration to stay in the UK for up to a maximum of 5 years.

Global Talent Visa Extension

If the endorsement body continues to provide endorsement and the candidate has earned money in the qualifying field during the last period of leave to remain in the UK, he or she can apply for Global Talent Visa Extension.


Dependents can join or remain in the UK with the main applicant, however, a dependent is defined under Global Talent Guidance as a partner, child under 18, or child over 18 if they are currently in the UK as a dependent.

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