Tier 1 Global Talent visa

You can apply for a Tier 1 (Global Talent) visa if you’ve been endorsed in one of the following fields:

digital technology
the arts
as either a leader (global talent) or an emerging leader (global promise) or under the UK Research and Innovation endorsed funder option.

If you’re a digital technology specialist, you’ll also need to apply for a Tech Nation Visa Scheme endorsement.

It is a 2 stage process. You first need to apply to the Home Office for endorsement as a leader or an emerging leader in your particular field. It takes up to 8 weeks normally.

Then, once you have been endorsed, you can apply for the visa.

There are limited places available under this visa category, with 500 places released on both 6 April and 1 October each year.

You can stay in the UK for up to 5 years and can then apply for an extension.

You can choose how long you want to apply for, up to the maximum time allowed.

You can apply for settlement once you’ve been in the UK for 3 years with a Global Talent visa and after 5 years with a Global Promise visa.

Family members can apply for a dependent visa and this will give them the right to live and work in the UK conditional on your visa remaining valid.

Family members do not currently need to pass an English language test.

Please contact us to speak to our specialist immigration advisors to avoid unnecessary expenses and ensure your Tier 1 Global Talent or Promise Visa has the best chance of success.