You can apply for a Global Talent visa to work in the UK if you’re a leader or potential leader in one of the following fields:
- academia or research
- arts and culture
- digital technology
You must also be at least 18 years old.
Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.
Before you apply for a visa
You can usually only apply for a Global Talent visa if you have successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader.
You can apply for the visa without an endorsement if you’ve won an eligible award. Find out which awards are eligible.
If you’re not eligible for a Global Talent visa, there are other ways to work in the UK – for example a Skilled Worker visa, however, this would require a willing sponsor.
How long you can stay
You can live and work in the UK for up to 5 years at a time.
If you want to stay longer in the UK
There’s no limit to how long you can stay in the UK in total, but you will need to renew (‘extend’) your visa when it expires. Each extension can last from 1 to 5 years – you choose how long you want the extension to be.
You may be able to get indefinite leave to remain so you can settle in the UK after 3 or 5 years, depending on which field you work in and how you apply. This gives you the right to live, work and study here for as long as you like, and apply for benefits if you’re eligible.
How long it takes
As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.
You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. In some instances, Hurlingham Law may be able to apply on a fast-track basis.
Getting a decision
Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:
- 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
- 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK
Hurlingham Law has successfully applied Global Talent cases. Contact us to understand whether you have a case!