Global Talent Visa UK

As an Irish resident, if you’re a leader or a potential leader in academia or research, arts and culture or digital technology, you can qualify for a UK Global Talent visa to work in the United Kingdom. With this visa, your stay in the UK will not be capped, but you must renew your visa from time to time.

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    What Is a Global Talent Visa?

    The Global Talent visa is solely designed to attract potential (promising talent) and talented experts (exceptional talents) in the fields of digital technology, science, arts and culture to come and work in the UK thereby contributing to the country’s economy.

    As an Irish resident, to obtain this visa, you’re neither required to have received a job offer nor be sponsored by a UK employer before you apply for the Global Talent visa.

    When you enter the UK with this visa, you will be allowed to do any type of work within your field for which you have been endorsed. Additionally, after getting employed on the Global Talent visa, you will be free to switch jobs or employers without notifying the UK Home Office.

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    Endorsement for Global Talent Visa

    As an Irish resident, before you obtain the Global Talent visa, a Home Office-approved endorsing body within your field of profession must assess your application. The endorsing bodies typically have sector-specific criteria and evidential requirements that must be fulfilled by the applicants.

    Therefore at the endorsement application stage, your relevant endorsing body will assess your skill set, abilities and achievements according to the Code of Practice for Endorsing Bodies.

    If your profile and the evidence you provide meet the overall requirements and your relevant endorsing body is satisfied, they will now make an endorsement decision on your case. They will tell the Home Office the reasons you should be endorsed as a potential leader showing exceptional promise or a leader showing exceptional talent.

    Global Talent Visa Requirements

    Before Irish residents are issued the Global Talent visa, they must meet some Global Talent visa requirements. You must complete the appropriate application form, pay your endorsement fee and ensure you seek endorsement from an endorsing body related to your line of work.

    Ensure your visa application is valid, and pay all relevant fees such as immigration health surcharge and other fees using the appropriate form. You must provide your biometric information alongside other supporting documents which must include your endorsement letter.

    You must meet the suitability requirements and not be culpable for grounds for refusal by breaching the UK immigration rules. You must prove that you meet the eligibility criteria by showing that you are recognised internationally as a leader at the required level in your field. Or you have proved your exceptional potential as a future leader in your field. You need to prove that you’ve attained the required 70 points.

    How to Apply for a UK Global Talent Visa?

    As an Irish resident, you can apply for a Global Talent visa by taking the following steps:

    Know if You Qualify

    Before you start applying for a Global Talent visa, you must know if you are eligible to do so. You must have been recognised as an exceptional leader or an emerging leader in your field and endorsed by a Home Office-approved endorsing body in the UK.

    Select an Endorsing Body

    Choose the endorsing body that is relevant to your line of work. The endorsing body will evaluate your skills, achievements and contributions in your field and ultimately endorse your application if you meet their criteria.

    Gather Your Documents

    You must assemble all the documents needed to support your application. Your line of work typically determines the type of documents you must provide. As an Irish resident, the Global Talent visa documents you’d need to provide may include:

    • Your travel document or passport
    • Letters of reference or recommendation from professionals in your field of work
    • A comprehensive Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • Evidence of English proficiency (if required by your endorsing body)
    • Proof of your publications, awards, works and achievements
    • An endorsement letter from your endorsing body

    Note that the above-mentioned documents are not all-encompassing as your endorsing body may require you to provide additional documents to support your application.

    Fill Out the Online Application

    You must complete the online Global Talent visa application form by visiting the UK government’s website within 3 months of receiving your endorsement letter. All applicants must create an account if they don’t already have one, and pay the required visa application fee.

    Attend Your Biometric Appointment

    You may be required to visit your nearest visa application centre for a biometric appointment. At the appointment, you will need to submit a digital scan of your fingerprints and photographs (biometric information).

    Endorsement Review

    Once you’ve submitted your online application, your application will be reviewed by a relevant endorsing body. Your application will either be endorsed or they will suggest areas of improvement.

    File Your Supporting Documents

    Upon getting your Global Talent visa endorsement, you must submit your letter of endorsement alongside other supporting documents required for your application to the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).

    Pay the IHS Fee

    You are required to pay the IHS (Immigration Health Surcharge) so that you can access the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK.

    Attend Your Visa Interview

    You may be required to attend a visa interview to be assessed by the UK authorities. At the interview, UK immigration officials will ask you several questions to know if you are qualified to be issued the Global Talent visa. They may also want to assess the authenticity of the documents you have provided for the visa application.

    Await a Decision

    Once you’ve submitted your application, you must wait for the Home Office to decide on your application within a few weeks depending on your situation.

    Get Your BRP

    Upon the approval of your application, a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) will be assigned to you shortly after entering the UK.

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      Global Talent Visa Processing Time and Fees

      It typically takes about 3 weeks for your Global Talent visa to be processed if you are applying from outside the UK. Or it could take up to 8 weeks to get a decision on the visa application if you are applying from inside the UK for applicants seeking to extend the visa or switch from another UK visa.

      For the Global Talent visa, if you’re applying based on an endorsement or an eligible award, you need to pay a total of £716. The fees are subdivided below:

      • £192 for the visa application fee
      • £524 for the endorsement application

      If your partner or children want to join you on the Global Talent visa, then each of them must also pay the £716 fee. Besides that, you must pay £1,035 for a yearly healthcare surcharge whereas your dependents may be required to pay £776 per year.

      If you want to expedite the processing time of your application, you will pay £1,000 for super priority service to get a decision after 1 working day. Or you pay £500 for priority service and get a decision in 5 working days of your application.

      How Long Can You Stay in the UK on a Global Talent Visa?

      As an Irish resident holding the Global Talent visa, you will be allowed to stay in the UK for up to 5 years or more, provided you still meet the requirements.

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      Can You Extend Your Global Talent Visa in the UK?

      Yes, you can extend the Global Talent visa in the UK from 1 to 5 years (as you wish), but you must extend it before it expires. This also means that you can stay in the UK on the Global Talent visa for as long as you want.

      Can I Bring My Family to the UK on a Global Talent Visa?

      Yes, you will be allowed to bring your family to the UK on a Global Talent visa, provided they meet the UK immigration rules. Your family’s visas will have the same validity period as yours.

      How Can Total Law Help?

      The application process for a Global Talent visa is typically complex. As an Irish resident, you must prove that you are an exceptional or promising talent and be endorsed by a relevant endorsing body before you are granted the visa.

      You must also meet the criteria for your field of profession to qualify for the visa. For this reason, it’s advised you reach out to our expert immigration lawyers at Total Law for expert guidance in making a compelling application to prove your eligibility for the visa.

      Our immigration lawyers can assess your situation, help you gather all your required documents and guide you on each step of your application. For more information on Global Talent visa benefits, how we can help you make a solid application and more, call us today on +353 061 518 025 or complete our online contact form for immediate assistance.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                You can switch to a Global Talent visa if you have either gotten an endorsement or won an eligible award.

                Yes, the Global Talent visa leads to settlement in the UK after staying in the country for 3 years as a talented individual. But if you’re considered a promising talent, you can qualify for settlement after 5 years.