The new Global Talent Visa was launched on February 20th 2020. You can apply for a Global Talent visa if you work in a qualifying field and have been endorsed as a recognised leader (exceptional talent), as an emerging leader (exceptional promise) or under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option. You must also be from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland. Contact our UK Global Talent visa lawyers for case assessment & eligibility requirements.

The Global Talent visa is similar to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa that it replaced on 20 February 2020.  It is also difficult to obtain with only a limited number of people qualifying.  One bit of good news is that there is no longer any cap on the number of visas available.  It now includes a new fast-track scheme via UK Research and Innovation UKRI for world-leading scientists, top researchers and mathematicians for entry to the UK.

Application process

Stage 1 Global Talent Visa Endorsement

At the first stage, the application is submitted for an endorsement with the relevant endorsing body (previously known as "designated competent bodies"). The application is being made to the Home Office, however, it is the actual endorsing body that will assess whether to issue an endorsement. Among other things, endorsing bodies will consider the skills, abilities and achievements of the applicant, and advise the Home Office whether the endorsement should be granted.

Stage 2 Global Talent Visa Endorsement

During the second stage, the Home Office will consider immigration aspects of the application, whether the correct supporting documents are provided, whether the requirements of the immigration rules are met and whether general grounds for refusal apply. Stage 2 application is an actual immigration application, so applicants need to be aware of switching provisions, if applying inside the UK.


To get a Global Talent visa, you need to apply to be endorsed:

  • as a leader (exceptional talent)
  • as an emerging leader (exceptional promise)
  • under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option

Your application will be reviewed by an organisation that’s related to your qualifying field, called an 'endorsing body'.

The endorsing bodies are:

  • The Royal Society, for science and medicine
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering, for engineering
  • The British Academy, for humanities
  • Tech Nation, for digital technology
  • Arts Council England, for arts and culture
  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for research applicants

If your qualifying field is fashion, architecture or film and television, Arts Council England will pass on your application for review to:

  • British Fashion Council, for fashion
  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), for architecture
  • Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television (PACT), for film and television

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