Global Talent Visa UK For Australians

The UK Global Talent Visa route offers an unsponsored work pathway for Australian professionals in specific fields. You may be eligible for this visa category if you are a researcher, an artist or a digital technology expert.

Our lawyers at Total Law can help you apply for a UK Global Talent Visa. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 to learn more.

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    What Is The Global Talent Visa?

    The Global Talent Visa is a UK immigration category designed to attract and retain individuals with exceptional talent or promising potential in specific fields.

    Applicants are not required to have a job offer in advance. Global Talent Visa holders can pursue various work options, including paid employment, self-employment, or company directorship if it aligns with their endorsed field.

    The UK Global Talent Visa eliminates the minimum salary requirement and English language test, although the endorsing body may have its language requirements. Unlike the Skilled Worker Visa, you do not have to inform the UK Home Office before switching jobs as a Global Talent Visa holder.

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    UK Global Talent Visa Eligibility Criteria


    You are only eligible to apply for a Global Talent Visa if you are at least 18 years old and have been granted an endorsement demonstrating your exceptional talent or leadership potential in one of the following fields:

    • Arts and Culture
    • Academia or Research
    • Digital Technology

    You must also meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for the Global Talent Visa:

    • Exceptional Talent: You are already well-known as an industry leader with significant accomplishments and experience
    • Exceptional Promise: You are just starting in your career but show promise for future leadership roles

    Academia or Research

    In Academia or Research, different bodies review applications depending on the field. The Royal Academy of Engineering for Engineering, the Royal Society for the Natural and Medical Sciences, and the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences carry out the full Peer Review endorsements. You must:

    • Demonstrate exceptional talent criteria or promise in academia or research
    • Show that your effort has been acknowledged by getting funds for study, publications, or important prizes
    • Provide letters of recommendation from reputable research or academic institutions
    • Demonstrate how you could advance the UK research field

    Arts and Culture

    Arts Council England manages endorsements for the arts and culture sector. Applicants must demonstrate exceptional talent or promise in areas such as Architecture, Combined Arts, Dance, Fashion Design, Film and Television, Literature, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts.

    To be endorsed in this field, you must:

    • Provide three letters of recommendation from relevant organisations
    • Show convincing proof of your creative achievements, recognition, and influence
    • Prove that within the last ten years, you either won or been nominated for a big award such as an Academy Award, Golden Globe, or Emmy (for film and television)
    • Have a prominent role in the fashion business and has a track record of five years of professional engagement (for fashion design)

    You must also show that you have been actively working in your profession for the previous five years, producing internationally acclaimed work that Arts Council England has assessed as excellent, and your work must be recognised in at least two countries.

    Digital Technology

    Tech Nation is the endorsing body for the digital technology sector. To obtain an endorsement, you must:

    • Show exceptional talent or promise in the field of digital technology
    • Give proof of noteworthy accomplishments, such as starting or running a profitable tech company, having a substantial impact on the industry, or having highly developed technical abilities
    • Obtain letters of recommendation from reputable authorities or organisations in the field of digital technology
    • Showcase your potential to support the UK’s digital technology sector

    There are more requirements, depending on your field of expertise. You must be able to demonstrate your eligibility for a specified category to obtain the Global Talent Visa in that field. At Total Law, we will assist you in assessing your eligibility and advise you based on your circumstances. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 to get started.

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      How to Apply for The Global Talent Visa

      Ensure you meet the Global Talent Visa requirements before beginning the application process. To apply for the UK Global Talent Visa, you must:

      • Identify the appropriate endorsing body for your field, as each body has specific criteria.
      • Gather the required documents, including a valid passport, detailed CV, letters of recommendation, evidence of work or achievements, proof of English proficiency, and an endorsement letter from the endorsing body
      • Complete the Global Talent Visa application form and pay the appropriate fee
      • Attend a biometric appointment at the nearest visa appointment centre in Australia to provide your fingerprints and a photograph
      • Attend an endorsement review
      • Submit your endorsement letter and supporting documents to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) upon endorsement
      • Pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
      • Attend an Interview
      • Wait for a decision after submitting your application
      • Collect Your Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) upon approval within the specified period after arriving in the UK

      Due to the complexity of the Global Talent Visa applications, seeking guidance from immigration experts is advisable. Our immigration experts at Total Law are willing to guide you through the entire process.

      Global Talent Visa Application Fees

      The total application fee for the Global Talent Visa is £623, with distinctions based on the application’s endorsement status. For applicants seeking endorsement, the fee is divided into two parts – £167 for the visa application and £456 for the endorsement application.

      However, if an eligible award supports the application, the entire £623 fee must be paid upfront during the visa application.  Additionally, any dependents are required to pay an additional £623.

      You must also pay the healthcare surcharge of £624 per year to access the NHS services.

      Global Talent Visa Processing Times

      The typical timeframe for receiving a decision on your Global Talent Visa application is approximately three weeks. However, some applications may take longer, depending on individual circumstances. For example, if your supporting documents must be verified.

      There is an option to pay an additional fee for a quicker decision via the priority service, which reduces the wait time to five business days.

      Note that complex applications or those with missing information can take longer to process. Additionally, variations in the Home Office’s workload and the time the endorsing body takes to review and approve your application can affect processing time.

      Global Talent Visa Validity Period & Renewal Options

      The UK Global Talent Visa is valid for up to five years at a time, with the possibility of renewal if the awarding body has not withdrawn its approval before you seek renewal.

      You must include proof of your continuous involvement in your specialised field in the UK, such as payslips, with your application for an extension.

      Accompanying dependents must apply for separate visas when asking for an extension. They can apply at the same time as you or before the expiration of their present visa. To avoid any potential problems, it is best to submit your application for an extension before the expiration of your current visa.

      You can seek a maximum 5-year extension of the validity period for your Global Talent Visa. As long as you continue to meet the requirements, you are eligible to renew your visa unlimited times.

      Depending on your field of work and application process, you may be able to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR) after being in the country for three or five years if you would like to stay longer. You are granted the indefinite right to live, work, and study in the UK.

      The application cost for a Global Talent Visa renewal is £716, which can be done online. You will also need to submit biometric data.

      How Total Law Can Help

      Total Law specialises in assisting Australians navigate the complexities of obtaining the UK Global Talent Visa. We offer specialised advice and assistance during the whole visa application process with our experience and thorough knowledge of UK immigration law.

      Our team of knowledgeable immigration attorneys works directly with clients to determine their eligibility, prepare visa applications, and handle any issues or difficulties that may come up during the process.

      Regardless of your profession, we provide tailored guidance and solutions to increase your chances of obtaining a Global Talent Visa in the UK. Call +44 (0)333 305 9375 to book a consultation.

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                Yes, a Global Talent Visa can be rejected due to not meeting the requirements or submitting an incomplete application. If your application is rejected, you can request a review of the decision.

                Yes, you can switch from other visa types to the Global Talent Visa if you meet the requirements.