Applying for Global Talent visa outside the UK

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Last updated on March 11th, 2022 at 05:05 am

The Home Office’s Global talent visa guidance is clear and straightforward. The applicant for a Global talent visa needs to have either an eligible award or must have been granted endorsement from one of the six authorised endorsing bodies, or the endorsing bodies have not withdrawn the grant after review.

When any of the three is applicable, the candidate can apply for a Global Talent visa.

The visa needs to be applied from outside the UK.

The UK currently holds the strongest strategic position, allowing the best and the brightest minds to come to the UK and seek opportunities of study, work, and career development. It also suits best because the applicants can later settle in the UK and gain British citizenship.

Understanding the Global talent visa

The visa by its name highlights two things: Global and talent. Hence, the UK’s direct call to all the ‘potential leaders’ and leaders across the globe to come and experience the growth in study, work, and career opportunities.

The UK ranks 4th in the Global Innovation Index, which means that the UK’s lucrative economy is a big boost to overseas talented professionals, who have a zeal for growth.

You can apply in broadly these categories:

  • Arts and culture
  • Academia or research
  • Digital technology

Having said this, you need to first make an application through the official website of the UK government( and select your desired area of contribution. The website will then take you to the portal concerning the authorised body of your chosen field.

You need to submit your documents for review and then once the review is complete, you have received a confirmation email, stating whether you have been approved or not, only then you can proceed with the application for your global talent visa.

This review stage is also called the endorsement stage.

Advantages of being a Global talent visa holder

There are many benefits of holding a Global talent visa, a few of them are:

  • You can bring bring your partner/spouse and children with you as your dependants
  • You can change or stop doing your job.
  • You also do not need to tell the Home Office
  • You can be be an employee, self-employed and a director of a company
  • You and your dependents can travel abroad and return to the UK

The Global talent visa is granted for 5 years and it allows you to directly apply for settlement(ILR) and after 6 years, you can apply for British citizenship through the process of naturalisation.

Application process

On successful completion of the endorsement stage you can begin applying for a Global talent visa and it should not be more than 3 months before your date of travel.

You must upload your documents and pay the fee.

Currently, the global talent visa application processing fee is £152. Applying for dependents will cost you another £608 per person.

Immigration Health Surcharge cost is also levied on your application, which is £624 per person per year.

The fee at the endorsement stage is £456.

Legal assistance

The Global talent visa route is highly popular and rewarding. You must seek legal immigration expert’s advice for your application so that you are able to apply without letting yourself get overwhelmed with the processing time.

A Y & J Solicitors are bespoke immigration experts in London, known for their specialisation in Global Talent visa.

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