Global Talent Visa
Application times vary, as you need to first prove that you are a leader or potential leader in your field by applying for an endorsement.
You must apply for the Global Talent Visa within 3 months of receiving an endorsement. Once you apply online, you should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
You can apply for Priority Service if it is available in your country. There is a cost to get a quicker decision – this depends on each individual visa application centre.
- Priority Service: Collection within 5 working days.
- Super Priority Service: Collection within 24 hours.
The Global Talent Visa is valid for five years. Thereafter you may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR).
There is also a fast-track option to apply for ILR after 3 years.
You can switch to the Global Talent Visa if you meet the eligibility before your current visa expires.
You cannot apply to switch from within the UK on one of the following visas:
- Visitor visa
- Short-term student visa
- Parent of a Child Student visa
- Seasonal worker visa
- Domestic worker in a private household visa
- immigration bail
- if you were given permission to stay outside the immigration rules, for example on compassionate grounds
Each period of stay in the UK on this visa is for 5 years, but there is no limit on the amount of time you can stay if you can prove that you have earned money in the field that you received your endorsement.
Conversely, you can apply for a shorter visa to reduce the health surcharge cost.
It costs £608 to apply. You will also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application – this is usually £624 per year for each person applying.
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
- A valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality.
- Your tuberculosis test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test.
- If you’ve had an award or scholarship to study in the UK in the last year, you’ll also need written permission to apply from the agency or government that granted it.
- You need a blank page in your passport for your visa if you’re:
- from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland
- from the EU, EEA or Switzerland but do not have a biometric passport with a chip in it
If you’ve won an eligible award, the Home Office will look at publicly available information to confirm that you’ve won. You’ll only be asked for evidence of your win if they cannot find this.