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In 2024, the UK Global Talent visa is the best category to apply for by Indian Professionals. With no requirements of IELTS, a simple two-stage process, it's the top visa to apply for

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The UK is a global leader in digital technology and has the largest tech sector outside of Silicon Valley. However, with Brexit, there are concerns that this industry will suffer because of skills shortages.

The Global Talent route offers several opportunities for exceptional talent. Read on to know more about this in detail.

1. What is the UK Global Talent Visa?

The UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new visa for skilled professionals with exceptional promise or exceptional talent. The Global Talent Visa replaces the existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. The government means to streamline the post-Brexit immigration system with this new visa scheme

2. Eligibility criteria to get a Global Talent Visa

The basic eligibility criteria are:

  • Education and work experience (5 years+) in the stream of Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Arts;
  • An endorsement letter from designated review bodies of the UK. For instance, digital technologists need to get a letter for endorsement from Tech Nation.
  • Three recommendation letters from the applicant’s seniors (preferably on the company's letterhead);
  • Reference letters from the applicant’s present and senior employers.

3. How To Apply?

  • Step 1: Begin by understanding the eligibility criteria for the global talent category. If you fall under the category of Exceptional Promise or referred as Exceptional Talent.
  • Step 2: If you meet all the requirements, then you need to apply for endorsement from the UK designated endorsement bodies. The endorsement bodies depend on your occupation.
  • Step 3: After receiving the endorsement letter, you need to submit your visa application the UK Home office. You can either apply for it online or through the UK VAC offices in India and abroad.

4. Processing time for Global Talent Visa Application?

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

There are two stages to the global talent visa application process:

  • 1st stage: The first stage of the process, including endorsement, takes between 2 weeks to 4 weeks. This stage is referred to as the 'Endorsement Application'.
  • 2nd stage: If your endorsement application has been accepted, the second stage of the application begins. Following this, you may apply for a visa on GOV.UK. Immigration aspects and grounds for refusal are considered in this stage.

5. What are the benefits of the United Kingdom Global Talent Visa route?


IELTS Not Required

You are not required to take the IELTS exam.

Eligible for PR

You can seek permanent residency (Indefinite Leave to Remain) after staying in the country for 3 years.

Bring Family Along

If your dependents meet certain requirements, you can move along with them.

Move Anywhere

You can change organizations, jobs, and places without having to fret.

No Minimum Salary

There is no minimum salary requirement to avail this visa.

Is an endorsement mandatory for a Global Talent visa application?

An endorsement is not required if you have an eligible award. Holding an appropriate prize makes you eligible to bypass the endorsement stage and apply directly for a visa. Digital technology awards are - ACM Prize in Computing and the Turing Award, given by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

What is the difference between a UK Skilled Worker visa and the Global Talent route?

Replacing the Tier 2 (general) work visa, UK Skilled Worker visa allows a skilled foreign worker to take up an eligible job with an approved employer in the UK. A Certificate of Sponsorship and a confirmed job offer will be needed to apply. Your job must be -

  • From an approved employer,
  • On the list of eligible occupations, and
  • At a minimum salary.

As one of the UK SW visa holders, you can stay in the UK for up to 5 years. Provided you meet the eligibility requirements, you can get your visa extended as many times as required. You can apply for UK settlement after 5 years.

As a Global Talent migrant, on the other hand, you can work in the UK if you are an existing or potential leader in any of the fields of -

  • Digital technology,
  • Arts and culture, or
  • Academia or research.

You will need an endorsement to apply. No endorsement needed if you have won an eligible award or prestigious prize. You can stay for up to 5 years, with extensions available.

How can Kansas help?

Kansas offers a variety of services that help make the UK global talent visa application process a seamless experience for you. Some of these would be:

  • Faster process: With an in-depth understanding on immigration rules, Kansas allows no room for mistakes and speeds up the visa process.
  • Personal assistance: A case officer is assigned who is directly responsible for you to apply for Tech Nation. He/she handles all communication between you and the company.
  • Free Profile Evaluation: Our employees handle your profile assembly and thoroughly assess it without incurring any additional charges for you including Tech Nation, Arts Counsel England
  • Legal Expertise: We have some of the brightest minds at work to help you with any issues that you may come across in immigration law or immigration rules.


The global talent route offers a plethora of opportunities in terms of immigration and employment. Kansas Overseas Careers can help you with your Tech Nation endorsement application (if you are in the Exceptional Promise category or Exceptional Talent), without the hassle and confusion that other consultants may put you through. We have the experience and expertise to guide you through the UK global talent visa application process.

Our carefully designed system will make sure you have the smoothest journey possible in the process of getting this visa, without setbacks and rejections. To know more, contact our immigration experts today.

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