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Apply for the Global Talent visa

Overview

You can use a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:

  • academia or research
  • arts and culture
  • digital technology

Before you apply for a visa

You can only apply for a Global Talent visa once you have successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader.

Find out how to apply for endorsement and what you can do with a Global Talent visa if you work in one of the following fields:

When you can apply

After you get your endorsement, the earliest you can apply for a visa is 3 months before you travel.

Example

You can apply from 16 March if you plan to travel on 15 June.

You usually get a decision about your visa within:

  • 3 weeks if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks if you’re inside the UK

You may be able to pay for a faster decision. How you do this depends on whether you’re outside the UK or inside the UK.

You can apply for the Global Talent visa at the same time as you apply for endorsement, or after you have the endorsement confirmed. If your permission to stay in the UK is about to expire, applying for the visa will extend it.

If you apply for both at the same time and your endorsement is refused, your visa will be refused as well. This means you will lose the fees for both.

Fees

The visa application costs £152, or £97 if you’re from Turkey or North Macedonia.

You can include your partner and children (‘dependants’) on the same application form, if they’re eligible. There is an extra cost of £608 for each dependant.

You also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. This is usually £400 per year for each person applying – you can calculate the amount you’ll need to pay.

Documents you must provide

When you apply for your visa you’ll need to provide:

  • a current passport or other valid travel identification
  • your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test

You need a blank page in your passport for your visa.

You need to provide a certified translation of any documents that are not in English or Welsh.

Read the guide for a list of documents you can provide.

You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.

Applicants with a valid Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement

You can use a valid endorsement given under the old Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa rules to apply for a Global Talent visa. You will not need to get a new endorsement under the Global Talent visa rules.

Apply

Before you apply for the Global Talent visa, you need to prove that you are a leader or potential leader in your field. This is called applying for an endorsement.

If you apply for the visa before you have applied for an endorsement, your application may be refused and you may lose your fee.

How you apply for the Global Talent visa depends on if you’re outside or inside the UK.

Apply outside the UK

Apply online

You can apply online for a Global Talent visa.

If you’re from North Korea there’s a different process.

Apply at a visa application centre

You may also be able to apply at a visa application centre.

You must have permission to live in the country you’re applying from for at least 6 months.

If you do, check if there’s visa application centre that you can travel to that accepts Global Talent visa applications.

You need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application.

You have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if you actually arrive at a later date).

North Korea

You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.

To apply from North Korea you must:

Apply in the UK

You may be able to switch to this visa if you’re already in the UK. You can apply to extend your existing visa from inside or outside the UK.

Switch to this visa

You can apply to switch to a Global Talent visa if you’re already in the UK with any of these visa types:

  • Tier 1
  • Tier 2
  • Tier 5 (Temporary worker – Government Authorised Exchange) on an exchange scheme for sponsored researchers
  • a Start-up visa
  • an Innovator visa

You can choose how long you want to apply for, up to a maximum of 5 years.

You must leave the UK and make your application from abroad if you’re in another category.

Eligibility

Before you can switch to the Global Talent visa, you need to prove you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:

How to apply to switch your visa

You must apply online to switch to this visa.

You must apply within 3 months of receiving your letter of endorsement from the Home Office.

Apply for endorsement at the same time as the visa

You can apply for the Global Talent visa at the same time as you apply for endorsement, or after you have the endorsement confirmed. If your permission to stay in the UK is about to expire, applying for the visa will extend it.

If you apply for both at the same time and your endorsement is refused, your visa will be refused as well. This means you will lose the fees for both.

Providing biometric information and supporting documents

When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).

You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

Get help to apply online if you’re in the UK

You can get help with completing the online form if you:

  • are in the UK
  • do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device
  • do not have internet access

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Fees

The visa application costs £152, or £97 if you’re from Turkey or North Macedonia.

You can include your partner and children (‘dependants’) on the same application form, if they’re eligible. There is an extra cost of £608 for each dependant.

You also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. This is usually £400 per year for each person applying – you can calculate the amount you’ll need to pay.

If you are applying to switch in the UK

You’ll need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

How long it takes

You should get your visa within 8 weeks.

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances – such as you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

Extend your visa

You can apply to extend your visa if:

  • the organisation that endorsed you has not withdrawn its approval
  • you earned money in your expert field during your last period of leave in the UK

You should apply before your current visa expires.

Applicants who currently hold leave under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) can extend under the Global Talent category.

How long you can stay

Your visa lasts between 1 and 5 years.

You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you like. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years.

Fees

The visa application costs £152, or £97 if you’re from Turkey or North Macedonia.

You can include your partner and children (‘dependants’) on the same application form, if they’re eligible. There is an extra cost of £608 for each dependant.

You also need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your visa application. This is usually £400 per year for each person applying – you can calculate the amount you’ll need to pay.

Biometric information

If you’re applying in the UK, you’ll also need to pay £19.20 to have your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) taken.

Apply in the UK

You must apply online.

Providing biometric information and supporting documents

When you apply, you’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide your biometric information (your fingerprints and a photo).

You’ll also need to submit your supporting documents. You can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at your UKVCAS appointment

You must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until you get a decision. Your application will be withdrawn if you do.

Get help to apply online if you’re in the UK

You can get help with completing the online form if you:

  • are in the UK
  • do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device
  • do not have internet access

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Apply outside the UK

You can apply online for a Global Talent visa.

If you’re from North Korea there’s a different process.

You may also be able to apply at a visa application centre.

You must have permission to live in the country you’re applying from for at least 6 months.

If you do, check if there’s visa application centre that you can travel to that accepts Global Talent visa applications.

You need to have your fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of your application.

You have to collect your biometric residence permit within 10 days of when you said you’d arrive in the UK (even if they actually arrive at a later date).

North Korea

You cannot apply online if you’re living in North Korea.

To apply from North Korea you must:

After you apply

You should get your visa:

  • within 8 weeks if you apply in the UK
  • within 3 weeks if you apply outside the UK

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example:

  • if your supporting documents need to be verified
  • if you need to attend an interview
  • because of your personal circumstances – such as you have a criminal conviction

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.

Family members

Your family members (dependants) must apply to join or remain with you in the UK if they’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland.

A dependant is any of the following:

  • your partner
  • your child under 18
  • your child over 18 if they’re currently in the UK as a dependant

Fees

It costs £608 for each dependant applying.

They also need to pay:

  • the healthcare surcharge
  • £19.20 to have their biometric information (fingerprints and photo) taken if they’re applying in the UK

Dependants applying outside the UK

Your family members must apply online.

If they’re from North Korea there’s a different process.

They need to have their fingerprints and photograph taken at a visa application centre (to get a biometric residence permit) as part of their application.

They have to collect their biometric residence permit within 10 days of when they said they’d arrive in the UK.

If your child is over 18 they cannot apply if they are outside the UK. They can apply from inside the UK if they are already here as your dependant.

North Korea

Your family members cannot apply online if they’re applying from North Korea.

Each family member will need to make their own application. They must:

Dependants applying in the UK

You can include dependants in your online application to extend or switch to a Global Talent visa if they want to do it at the same time as you.

If they want to extend or switch their visa at a different time, they must either:

Family members cannot apply in the UK as your dependant if they hold a visitor visa.

Providing biometric information and supporting documents

When they apply, they’ll be asked to make an appointment at a UK Visa and Citizenship Application Services (UKVCAS) service point to provide their biometric information (their fingerprints and a photo).

They’ll also need to submit their supporting documents. They can:

  • upload them into the online service
  • have them scanned at their UKVCAS appointment

They must not travel outside of the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man until they get a decision. Their application will be withdrawn if they do.

How long it takes to get a decision

A decision will be made within 8 weeks of their application date if they use the standard service.

They’ll be contacted if their application is complex and will take longer, for example:

  • if their supporting documents need to be verified
  • if they need to attend an interview
  • because of their personal circumstances (for example if they have a criminal conviction)

Once they’ve applied they can stay in the UK until they’ve been given a decision, as long as they applied before their last visa expired.

Get help to apply online if they’re in the UK

You can get help with completing the online form if they:

  • are in the UK
  • do not feel confident using a computer or mobile device
  • do not have internet access

You cannot get immigration advice through this service.

Children born while you’re in the UK

If you have children while you’re in the UK, you can apply online to add them to your visa as your dependant.

You must do this if you want to travel in and out of the UK with them.

You’ll need to provide a full UK birth certificate for each child, showing the names of both parents.

Data Source: https://www.gov.uk/global-talent