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Top 5 points of UK Global Talent Visa (+ Free Eligibility)

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new visa for skilled professionals. The Global Talent Visa replaces the existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. The new visa scheme is meant to streamline the post-Brexit immigration system by the new Government.

1. What are the benefits of Global Talent Visa?

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The major benefits of the UK Global Talent Visa are:

  1. No English exam (IELTS) required.
  2. You can seek a permanent residency (which is called "Indefinite Leave to Remain" in the UK) after staying in the country for 3 years.
  3. If your dependents meet certain requirements, you can take them with you to the UK.
  4. You can change organizations, jobs, and places liberally.
  5. There is no minimum salary requirement to get this visa.

2. What are the eligibility criteria to obtain a Global Talent Visa?

As the name suggests, the UK grants these visas to highly skilled professionals. The basic eligibility criteria are:

  1. You need to have education and work experience (05 years+) in the stream of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Arts.
  2. You need to get an endorsement letter from the designated review body of the UK.

    For example, digital technologists needs to get an endorsement letter from Tech Nation. Similarly there are different endorsements bodies for different occupations.
  3. You need to get three recommendation letters from your seniors (preferable on the company's letterhead).
  4. The reference letters from your present and senior employers.

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3. What is the processing time for the UK visa?

The processing time to apply for the UK GTV is 4 weeks to 8 weeks.

1 stage: The first stage of the process which includes endorsement takes between 2weeks to 4 weeks.

2 stage: For the second stage that includes applying for a visa with the UK home office takes time 2weeks to 4 weeks.

In both stages, you can also opt for the Fast Track Visa Process.

4. How to apply for a UK Global talent visa?

To apply for this visa, you can follow the step by step process?

Step 1: Check your eligibility. before applying, you need to understand the eligibility factors to get this visa.

Step 2: If you meet all the requirements, then you need to apply for endorsement from the UK designated endorsement bodies (depending on your occupation). This is the most important stage to obtain the visa.

Step 3: After receiving the endorsement letter, you need to apply for a visa with the UK Home office. You can either apply it online or apply it through UK VAC offices in India and abroad.

5. When can you apply for this visa?

The Global Talent Visa of UK accepts applications from 20th February 2020.

  • You can apply for this visa from the government website of the UK on or after this date.
  • Your visa may be rejected if you attempt to register before 20th February 2020.
  • This visa helps the government of the UK to attract investments, enhance international relations, and strengthen scientific research at the same time.

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How is this visa helpful for immigration to the UK?

As per the President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Robert Lechler, the individuals can apply for a permanent residency after staying in the UK for 3 years.

  • Hence the migration to the UK is made easier by the Global Talent Visa.
  • You can migrate to the UK even without a job offer.
  • Researchers from the fields of science, mathematics etc. can enter the UK and work on projects there.
  • There is no cap for the number of persons who can come under this visa per year.

What are the plus points of the new GTV?

The major benefits of the UK Global Talent Visa are:

  1. You can change organizations, jobs, and places liberally.
  2. There is no minimum salary requirement to get this visa.
  3. You can collaborate with companies and work on their projects.
  4. You can seek a permanent residency (which is called "Indefinite Leave to Remain" in the UK) after staying in the country for 3 years.
  5. If your dependents meet certain requirements, you can take them with you to the UK.

How is this visa help Indians to migrate to the UK?

India is recognized globally as a hub for skilled professionals.

  1. A majority of the students complete their higher education in digital technology, work as researchers in the latest scientific discovery and other specializations.
  2. This visa would be a very good opportunity for techies to settle in an advanced country and develop their expertise further.
  3. Thousands of Indians migrate to Canada, Australia, and Germany each year as skilled professionals in multiple areas of work.
  4. With the Global Talent Visa, Indians can move to the UK even without a job and continue their research there.
  5. Indians who are exceptionally talented can migrate to the UK with this visa and can then petition for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 3 years.
  6. Indians are allowed to bring dependents along with them. This would allow the family of the migrants to live in the advanced country of Britain.

What are the roles that are supported by Global Talent Visa?

The Global Talent Visa supports 4 roles:

1. Fellowships: The Global Talent Visa provides a fast track endorsement if the applicant is given a fellowship by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society. The only requirement is that you have to be under this fellowship program now or at any point in time in the last 12 months.

2. Senior appointments: The Global Talent Visa provides a fast track endorsement if you are given a job as a reader, associate professor, professor, etc. This pathway is administered by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society.

3. Endorsed Funders: This is the new visa pathway. This is meant for the researchers who contribute majorly to the work that is supported by a recognized funder. The following are the recognized funders in the first phase of this route:

  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The British Academy
  • The Academy of Medical Sciences
  • Wellcome Trust
  • Cancer Research UK
  • British Heart Foundation
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • European Union Horizon 2020 programs
  • European Molecular Biology Organization
  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Human Frontier Science Programme
  • International Institute for Applied System Analysis and
  • European Space Agency
  • The National Science Foundation of the United States
  • The Japan Science and Technology Agency
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research
  • FAPESP, the Research Council for the State of São Paulo
  • Fonds National de la Recherche (FNR) Luxembourg
  • Science Foundation Ireland
  • UK Research and Innovation, and its councils:
    • Arts and Humanities Research Council
    • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
    • Economic and Social Research Council
    • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
    • Innovate UK*
    • Medical Research Council
    • Natural Environment Research Council
    • Research England
    • Science and Technology Facilities Council

4. Peer Review: The Global Talent Visa provides a standard endorsement for those who apply to the review by the British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society. As per the Lexology

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How can Kansas help individuals with their visa applications?

Kansas Overseas consists of a team that is specialized in the UK immigration. We help with:

  1. Eligibility check: We will review your application and see whether your profile is likely to get the Global Talented visa or not. This would help you to evaluate yourself before actually starting the visa process.
  2. Filing application with the Royal Academy or British academy for the endorsement.
  3. Apply for the visa with UK Research and Innovation agency.
  4. We will also try to get this visa for dependants if the government allows so. If your dependents meet certain requirements, they can fly along with you.
  5. Although we don't promise an offer of employment from the UK labour market, we do assist with formatting resume as per the standards of the UK job market. This would give you a sense of employment security.

What is the feedback from various quarters of the UK about the new program?

"As we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality," Johnson said in a statement announcing the new scheme. - The Economic Times

President of Universities UK and vice-chancellor of Brunel University London, Julia Buckingham, described the Global Talent visa as a positive step for UK universities. "Universities are globally-connected, and this announcement signals that the UK remains open to talent from around the world," she said - the pie news.

"It sends out a positive message that the UK is committed to remaining open to overseas science talent who would collaborate with our outstanding home-grown minds," said Prof Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, president of the Royal Society. - The Week

Frequently Asked Questions:

A: The Global Talent Visa of UK accepts applications from 20th February 2020.

  • You can apply for this visa from the government website of the UK on or after this date.
  • Your visa may be rejected if you attempt to register before 20th February 2020.
  • This visa helps the government of the UK to attract investments, enhance international relations, and strengthen scientific research at the same time.

A: Yes, the new global talent visa replaces the Tier 1 visa, which is given by the UK to exceptionally talented people. This visa helps talented individuals from all across the world to live, work, and settle in the UK.

A: The Global Talent Visa enables researchers all across the world to enrich the innovative workforce of the UK by bringing new ideologies to the country.

The visa is introduced to encourage talented minds to work and settle in the UK.

What is Brexit Vote, and how does it impact migration to the UK?

The Brexit vote came into effect from March 2019.

  • According to this policy, the UK no longer needs to follow the immigration rules of the EU, but can create its own set of rules.
  • According to the previous EU rules, all the Europeans are free to move anywhere across Europe.
  • The European Nationals could work and settle in any European countries (along with the UK) with full access to the labour markets.
  • The UK received a lot of low-skilled migrants from other European countries due to this rule.
  • With the Brexit vote, the UK kept an end to the free movement of European nationals to the country.
  • This step reduces unwanted migration to the UK to a lot of extent.
  • The UK started building its immigration policies regarding work visas and permanent residency.
  • Thus the UK now wants to attract skilled people from non-European countries to come to the UK and settle there.

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