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Global Talent visa

All you need to know about the Global Talent visa from application to settlement.

The Global Talent visa route was introduced in February 2020 to replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

This visa is not sponsored by the University of Edinburgh and allows the most highly skilled to come to the UK (without a job offer).  This visa is for recognised leaders (talent) and potential leaders (promising) in the fields of science, humanities, engineering, the arts and digital technology, to work in the UK in their field of expertise.  Successful applicants can be granted permission to live in the UK for up to five years.

Qualifying for a Global Talent visa

To apply for a Global Talent visa an applicant must be internationally recognised in their field as a world leader or have demonstrated exceptional promise in their particular field.

Applying for a Global Talent visa

Before you can apply for a Global Talent visa you must meet the criteria to be granted an endorsement. Once you have been endorsed you can make a visa application.

Visa Processing Times

The endorsement application often takes time to prepare and require a number of specified documents.

Benefits of the Global Talent visa

Once endorsed (and subject to criminality and immigration checks), the Global Talent visa has numerous benefits: 

Visa Costs

The Global Talent visa fee is payable in two parts.

Bringing your family

Family members can apply to join you or to stay in the UK as your ‘dependants’.   

After you apply

Information on what happens after you submit your Global Talent visa application.

Global Talent visa conditions

A Global Talent visa is granted for 1 to 5 years and is subject to the following conditions:

Extensions and indefinite leave to remain

How to extend your stay or apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK as a Global Talent visa holder.