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Global Talent Visa

With effect from 20th February 2020 the Global Talent Visa was introduced, replacing the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. The Global Talent visa aims to encourage talented researchers and specialists in the field of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences or humanities to work in the UK.

Unlike the Skilled Worker visa (formerly Tier 2) which requires sponsorship from the University, there is no salary requirement or cap on the number of visas that can be issued. Applicants do not need to be appointed to a specific job or be tied to a specific employer. Eligible individuals for this visa also benefit from the option to apply for indefinite leave to remain after 3 years.

There are four different routes to obtain this visa, outlined below:

  • Senior appointments – for individuals who have accepted a job as a Professor or Associate Professor at the University of Exeter. The Recruitment or HR Immigration team will advise if the post meets the criteria for a fast track endorsement.
  • Fellowships – for individuals awarded a fellowship within the last 12 months from the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. A full list of approved fellowships can be found here.
  • Endorsed Funders – for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a grant application from an endorsed funder approved by the UKRI. A full list of endorsed funders can be found here. In addition, the funding must be at least £30,000 and the contract must be for at least two years.
  • Peer Review – for individuals who submit an application for a full peer review by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or Royal Society.

It is up to the applicant to assess their eligibility and complete the two stage process to obtain the visa.

The UKVI website provides an overview of the Global Talent visa and details of how to apply but the Royal Society website also has comprehensive guidance for applicants. If you have any questions about this visa or require a letter(s) from the University of Exeter to support your application for the Global Talent Visa, please contact the HR Immigration Team.

Existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Holders

Applicants who currently hold a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa and wish to extend their stay must do so under the Global Talent category. There is no requirement for existing Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa holders to switch to the Global Talent route and all Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa holders, whether they have been endorsed through the “talent” or “promise” criteria, can apply for settlement after 3 years.