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To be eligible for the Global Talent Visa, all applicants must secure an endorsement from one of the six approved endorsing bodies. The endorsing bodies and their respective fields are as follows:

For Academic Roles and Research in:

– Science

– Engineering

– Medicine

– Social Sciences

– Humanities

– Other Academic Roles and Research

   Endorsing Bodies:

   – Royal Society

   – UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

   – Royal Academy of Engineering

   – British Academy

For Non-Academic Fields:

– Arts and Culture

– Digital Technology

Endorsing Bodies:

   – Arts Council England

   – Tech Nation

Endorsement Criteria:

   – Each endorsing body follows its own set of criteria for assessment.

   – Two categories of criteria are applied:

  1. Exceptional Talent Criteria:

         – For applicants who have demonstrated significant contributions as leaders in their field.

  1. Exceptional Promise Criteria:

         – For applicants at an early career stage showing potential to make significant contributions as future leaders.

Application Process:

   – Applicants in academic fields and research submit applications to the Home Office, which forwards them to the relevant endorsing body.

   – The endorsing body makes a decision based on the applicant’s profile and evidence provided.

For arts, culture, and digital technology fields, applications are referred directly to Arts Council England or Tech Nation.

For guidance and assistance with your Global Talent visa application, consult with immigration experts. Contact UK Global Talent visa lawyers at 0333 0124 253 or complete the enquiry form.

Want to Apply for an Administrative Review?

If you believe that the decision on your visa application is unfair, you might consider applying for an Administrative Review. Immigration lawyers can provide you with valuable assistance throughout the process, helping you address any unfavorable decisions or issues related to your visa application. Their expertise can be crucial in seeking a fair resolution to your immigration situation.

Obtaining an Endorsement for the Global Talent Visa

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for the Global Talent Visa, securing an endorsement from one of the approved endorsing bodies is a crucial step. Here’s how you can navigate the process:

  1. Review Endorsing Body Requirements:
  • Tech Nation applicant eligibility guide
  • Arts Council of England eligibility guide
  • The Royal Society applicant eligibility routes to endorsement
  • Royal Academy of Engineering visa overview page
  • The British Academy visa overview
  • UK Research and Innovation visa overview
  1. Submit Endorsement Application:

   – Apply to the relevant endorsing body by submitting an application and paying the required fee.

   – Demonstrate how you meet their specific criteria in your application.

  1. Receive Endorsement Decision:

   – The endorsing body will review your application and make a decision.

   – If approved, you will receive an endorsement letter.

  1. Apply to the Home Office:

   – With the endorsement letter, you can then apply to the Home Office for the Global Talent Visa.

Right to Apply for Administrative Review?

The Right to Apply for Administrative Review is typically available in the following cases:

  1. Visa Refusals:

   – Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa

   – Tier 1 Investor Visa

   – Skilled Worker Visa

   – Temporary Worker Visas

   – Global Business Mobility Visas

   – Tier 4 (General) Student Visa

   – Graduate Visa

   – Global Talent Visa

   – Innovator Visa

   – Startup Visa

   – UK Ancestry Visa

   – Representative of an Overseas Business Visa

   – Government Authorised Exchange Worker Visa

   – Sportsperson Visa

  1. Challenging the Period or Conditions of Leave:

   – If you were granted a visa but are dissatisfied with the granted period or conditions of leave.

  1. Border Cancellation:

   – If your decision to enter or remain in the UK was canceled at the border due to changes in circumstances, false representations, or omitting crucial information.

  1. Visitor Visa Cancellation:

   – For Visitor Visas, if your visa was canceled at the UK border.

Please note that if your Visitor Visa was refused at the application stage, you can only apply for a judicial review or reapply for the visa.

It’s important to check your decision letter to determine if you have the right to apply for an administrative review and follow the specific guidance provided. If you have questions or need assistance with the process, consider consulting with an immigration lawyer.


Peer Review Endorsement for Exceptional Talent:

For Active Researchers:

   – Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent research experience, including industrial or clinical research.

   – Meet one of the following criteria:

      – Belong to a national or foreign academy.

      – Received a prestigious international award.

      – Provide a recommendation letter from a senior UK research organisation.

For Those with Exceptional Promise:

   – Engaged in relevant research at a university, research institute, or industry.

   – Hold a Ph.D. or equivalent research experience.

   – In early career stages.

   – Have a prestigious UK-based research fellowship for the past 5 years or an internationally recognized equivalent.



Benefits of a Global Talent Visa

The Global Talent Visa offers several benefits to its holders, making it an attractive option for individuals with exceptional talent or promise in specific fields. Here are some of the key benefits:

  1. Holders are eligible to work for multiple employers or be self-employed within their relevant industry.

   – Unlike some other visas, such as the Skilled Worker Visa, Global Talent Visa holders are not tied to a single employer.

  1. Employers hiring individuals with a Global Talent Visa do not need to hold a sponsor licence.

   – There is no requirement for the visa holder to apply for a certificate of sponsorship.

  1. Visa holders are free to change jobs without informing the Home Office, providing flexibility in their career path.
  1. The initial visa grant is for five years, and holders can apply for extensions if they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

   – There is no specific end limit on the duration of stay for eligible visa holders.

  1. After holding the visa for five years, eligible individuals may apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), granting them permanent residency in the UK.

   – Once ILR is granted, individuals can apply for British citizenship after holding ILR for one year.

  1. The visa is a recognition of the individual’s exceptional talent or promise in specific fields, providing a pathway for professionals to contribute to and excel in their chosen industries.

These benefits make the Global Talent Visa a valuable option for individuals seeking to advance their careers and contribute significantly to their respective fields in the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

If your application for a Global Talent Visa endorsement has been declined, you may explore the option of an endorsement review. Facing a rejection can be disheartening, and seeking the assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer to discuss your situation may prove beneficial.


To initiate an endorsement review, you must submit a request to the Home Office, which will subsequently be forwarded to the endorsing body for consideration. The Home Office will then furnish a response after consulting with the endorsing body.

It is crucial to note that there is a strict deadline of 28 calendar days from the date of refusal to submit an endorsement review. Acting promptly is essential to meet this deadline and explore potential avenues for reconsideration.

Certainly, if you meet the eligibility criteria, you have the option to extend the Global Talent Visa. Notably, unlike some other visa categories, there is no specified maximum limit on the number of times you can seek an extension.


To successfully apply for an extension, you must provide evidence verifying that you continue to fulfill the requirements. This typically involves demonstrating ongoing endorsement from the relevant endorsing body, indicating that your endorsement has not been revoked.

Additionally, you are generally required to showcase that you have generated income through your work in the designated field of expertise. Providing compelling evidence of these aspects strengthens your extension application.

The Global Talent visa is valid for five years. Holders of the visa are able to extend/renew the visa once they have accrued five years on it.

The Global Talent visa is valid for five years. Holders of the visa are able to extend/renew the visa once they have accrued five years on it.