UK Immigration - Global Talent Visa Required Documents

Global Talent Visa 2020:
7 Documents Required to Apply for a GTV

The UK Government has launched the Global Talent Visa on the 20th of February. This visa has come as a replacement to the Exceptional Talent Visa belonging to Tier 1.

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The Global Talent Visa is being introduced to make the immigration process simpler. The goal is to encourage the migration of exceptionally talented individuals from the global talent stream. With a Global Talent Visa, an individual can live and work in the UK for at least 1 year. This staying period is expandable for up to 5 years or more.

What is the Global Talent Visa?

The Global Talent Visa (earlier known as Tier 1"Exceptional Talent Visa") allows you to work in the UK for up to five years and apply without a sponsor or other entry requirements like language tests or minimum salary thresholds. 

For this, the GTV applicants must gain an endorsement from any one of the 2 categories:

Exceptional talent: This is given to individuals who are highly talented in their field

Exceptional promise: This is given to individuals who show exceptional promise in their field

Duration Of Visa:

5 years

Mode Of Application:

Online/ visa application center 

A Complete Document checklist for 2020 (Global Talent Visa)

The Global Talent Visa required documents are as follows:

  • Passport, in original, with a minimum validity of six months as on the date of submission of the visa application. 
  • One recent passport-size color photograph showing the full face.
  • Proof of residence: Either a copy of National ID Card or Utility Bill such as electricity, telephone, or water bill
  • Proof of profession: Certificate from the employer. In the case of students, a copy of Identity card from the educational institution is to be attached.
  • Proof of funds: Endorsement of foreign currency equivalent to US $150/- per applicant or copy of international credit card or updated bank statement showing sufficient balance to finance travel to India.
  • Tuberculosis Test Result: Clear tuberculosis (TB) test result letter, if the applicant is from one of the countries on the Home Office's TB testing list
Other Important Documents:
  • For applying for a Global Talent Visa by the Senior Appointment program, you need a Statement of Assurance or Guarantee from the HR of your employing organization.
  • For applying for a GTV under the Fellowship program, you need to submit a copy of a valid award letter. 
  • For a UK research grant issued by an endorsed funder, you need to submit the award letter and the Statement of Guarantee by the employing institute.

What are the eligibility criteria for a Global Talent Visa?

This visa category is inclusive of individuals with exceptional talents who want to immigrate to the UK to contribute their skills.

The basic qualifications are high qualification and accomplishment in your field. The streams in which you can get a Global Talent Visa are as follows:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Art and culture
  • Mathematics
  • Digital technology
  • Humanities and other Social Sciences
The application process for talent immigration in art and culture and digital technology is a little different from the fields of academic research.

What are the endorsing bodies of the Global Talent Visa?

The endorsing body will vary according to your chosen stream for visa application.
The following are the 5 designated competent bodies that can grant endorsements to academician and researchers:

  • For Science and Technology - UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • For Natural and Medical sciences- The Royal Society
  • For Arts, Culture, Fashion, Architecture, Film, and Television- Arts Council England
  • For Digital Technology - Tech Nation
  • For Engineering- The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • For Humanities and Social science- The British Academy

What are the fees involved for a Global Talent Visa?

Here’s the cost-breakdown for the fees that you need to pay for the Global Talent Visa:

Applicant Type

Fees Per Individual

For Endorsement Application

£456

For Visa Application

£152

For Visa Application (if you are from Turkey or Macedonia)

£97

Eligible Dependent Visa Cost

£608

Healthcare Surcharge

Approx. £400/year

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