Global Talent visa - Royal Society
Global Talent visa: Science, Engineering, Humanities and Medicine
Introduction to Global Talent visa: Science, Engineering, Humanities and Medicine
This route is open for those who are active researchers in academic, industry or government research institutions, in a range of disciplines in areas of science, engineering, humanities and medicine. The applicants will be leaders and potential leaders in this field. There is no cap on the number of applicants that can be endorsed in the Science, Engineering, Humanities and Medicine sub-category of the Global Talent route.
Endorsement and Requirements
The applicant will have to be endorsed by the Royal Society for natural and medical science applications, UK Research and Innovation for science and research applications, The Royal Academy of Engineering for engineering applications and The British Academy for humanities and social science applications. The endorsing body will have to approve the Global Talent applicant before they can apply for tier 1 visa uk. It is important that the applicant reads the guidance from the specific endorsing body in detail and include all the information needed. The endorsement fee is £456.
The endorsement will be met depending based on either fast track or full peer review. The fast-track criteria has three options that need to be satisfied:
- The applicant holds or has held within the 12 months before the date of the application, a specific peer-reviewed research fellowship or award named on the list published by the Royal Society, The Royal Academy or The Royal Academy of Engineering.
- The applicant will have been appointed to an eligible senior academic or research position at an approved UK Higher Education Institution or research institute named on the list published by The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering, or The British Academy.
- The applicant will be hosted or employed in a UKRI-approved research organisation and will provide critical contributions to work supported by a substantial research grant or award from an endorsed funder named on the list published by UKRI.
The Full Peer review applications are considered by either The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering or The British Academy. UKRI do not consider full peer review applications.
Visa Process and fees
Once the applicant has been endorsed by Royal Society, 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 ILR in three 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.
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 by Royal Society. 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 ILR.
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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