The UK Global Talent Visa is often overlooked but offers several advantages. This visa allows you to relocate to the UK without demonstrating proof of funds, bring your family with you, and provides a path to permanent residency. To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old and a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture, or digital technology.
Before applying, you generally need to secure an endorsement to prove your leadership status. However, if you’ve won an eligible award, you can bypass this requirement. With a Global Talent visa, you can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years, and there’s no set limit to your total stay duration, but you must renew your visa when it expires, with extensions ranging from 1 to 5 years.
Global Talent visa Duration
You may be eligible for indefinite leave to remain after 3 or 5 years, depending on your field and application. This grants you the right to live, work, study, and apply for benefits in the UK.
The application process is primarily online and depends on whether you’re outside the UK, inside the UK extending your current visa, or switching from a different visa. The processing time varies but can be expedited with a fee in some cases.
Getting a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:
3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK
The application fee for the UK Global Talent Visa is £716. If you’re applying based on an endorsement, this fee is divided into two parts: £524 for the endorsement application and £192 for the visa application. If you’re applying based on an eligible award and including your partner or children, each applicant will need to pay £716.
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
To know which documents to prove, CLICK HERE.
You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.
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