Global Talent Film and Television Visa
Global Talent Visa - Film and Television
Introduction to Global Talent Film and Television Visa
This is one of the routes under the Global Talent visa. It came into place in February 2020 replacing the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent route. Those under this Global Talent Film and Television Visa are not tied to an employer and can be employed or self-employed as they wish. One will also have to be 18 years or over, a leader in this field as determined by the Producer’s Alliance for Film and Television (PACT).
The applicant will have to be endorsed by a Home Office body that is the PACT which is acting on behalf of the Arts Council. They endorse application in the Global Talent Film and Television Visa , animation, post production and visual effects.
The applicant must be able to show that they have within the last 10 years won, been nominated or made a significant and direct contribution to winning or being nominated for an award like the Golden Globe or Emmy award, an Academy award, British Academy of Film and Television Arts award. They also must within the last 15 years achieved a minimum of two nominations for an Academy Award, a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award, a Golden Globe or an Emmy Award.
The applicant will also need to provide PACT with three letters of recommendation in support of the application.
It is important that the applicant reads the guidance from the specific endorsing body in detail and include all the information needed. The applicant will have three weeks from the date of the endorsement to make the application to enter the UK. The endorsement fee for Global Talent Film and Television Visa is £456.
Visa Process and Fees
Once the applicant has been endorsed, the applicant will then be able to go through the visa process. There is no English language or financial requirement. Most applicants will need confirmation of endorsement, a valid passport and a tuberculosis test result if from certain countries.
Standard applications made inside the UK should be processed within 8 weeks and those outside the UK should be processed within 3 weeks. Visa fees for in-country and overseas applicants are £152 and £97 if one is from certain countries. If the applicant is including their partner or children in their application, they will each need to pay £608. This is on top of the endorsement fee. The applicant will also need to pay the health surcharge fee which is usually £624 per year.
Qualifying for indefinite leave to remain (ILR)
This is an attractive route for migrants because they can obtain IRL in three or five years. An applicant who has been endorsed under ‘exceptional talent’ criteria for the endorsing bodies for humanities and medicine, science, engineering, or under the UKRI fast-track criteria, then can settle after three years. If the applicant was endorsed under the ‘exceptional promise’ criteria for Tech Nation or Arts Council England, they will need to spend a continuous period of five years in the UK before being eligible.
Settlement Under ILR
Applicants for settlement under this route do not need to demonstrate that they are still endorsed by the relevant endorsing body. The Home office will usually be notified by the endorsing body if one was no longer endorsed. The Home office will then carry a check of its own.
The applicant must demonstrate that have earned money in the UK during their last period of permission in the field in which they were previously endorsed on the Global Talent route. They will need to show that money was earned. The applicant may have been employed or self-employed. Because each applicants’ circumstances are different, there is no specified list of evidence that this requirement is met.
One other advantage of this route is that the applicant can combine time spent in other categories like Global Talent or Innovator, Skilled Worker, T2 Minister of Religion, T2 Sportsperson or Tier1 Migrant with the time spent in the UK as a Global Talent Migrant to meet the qualifying period for IRL.
The applicant must meet the qualifying unbroken continuous residence period required by their route lawfully in the UK. One must not have been outside the UK for more than 180 days in any 12 months.
This is also the other point where one must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of the English language and take the Life in the UK test.
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