The new Global Talent Visa was launched on February 20th 2020!
As some of the top immigration lawyers UK our job is to make sure that the current immigration rules are explained to you properly as a member of the public alongside any new developments that are also taking place. Therefore our first article of the week this week discusses the new Global Talent Visa initiative that the new PM Boris Johnson has suggested, and how this could take effect and change the immigration landscape in the UK.
On August 8th, the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson announced that he would like his government to create a new Global Talent Visa that will form a fast track system to encourage the migration of leading individuals into the UK who have an expertise in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM’s). This is now taking shape very soon as more announcements have come out just days after the UK officially left the EU.
Our team of Immigration solicitors UK confirm that the Global Talent Visa will be a reformed version of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route that currently allows a capped amount of 2000 highly talented individuals a year, the right to come to the UK with their dependent family members to work. Under the current framework, a successful applicant of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa route needs to be endorsed as a leader in their field of expertise but does not need to have a job or a minimum salary requirement. Furthermore, the best immigration lawyers UK confirm that this individual can remain in the UK for a period of 5 years and 4 months if they apply from outside and 5 years if they apply from inside the UK, and, after a period of 3 years stay in the UK, can apply for indefinite leave to remain.
The Global Talent Visa will be replacing the Tier 1 Exceptional talent Visa as of 20th February 2020 and will provide many of the same benefits such as the option to apply for indefinite leave to remain after a set amount of time which is for this visa route, 3 years. It will also differ from the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa as it will not have a capped amount (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent only allows 2000 applicants a year) which will allow many more people to apply to it.
The UK has also confirmed that the new Global Talent Visa will be open to both non-EU and EU nationals and has referred to it as a “global offer”. Currently, EU citizens are still protected under the rights of free movement of people and will continue to benefit from this up until there is a concrete Brexit policy in place. Additionally, Boris Johnson has stated that any post-Brexit future UK Immigration system will prioritise applicants who can and will add significant value to the UK and the creation of such as visa like the Global Talent Visa initiative will concentrate on the skills and talents people have and not their nationality.
The Home Office will not oversee UK Global talent visa applications
Under the current immigration rules with regards to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, applicants are subject to a costly and very bureaucratic process that is currently overseen by the Home Office. The Tier 1 Exceptional talent Visa as mentioned above is capped at 2,000 per year, but the limit has never been reached due to the amount of failed applications.
As we are now living in a post-Brexit UK immigration system, the government has decided that the new Global Talent Visa should be managed by UK Research and Innovation which is the agency responsible for Britain’s public research budget. So this would entail that applications will be assessed by qualified people who work in the science and research industries and hold the right credentials and qualifications to judge applicant rather than Home Office civil servants.
How to Apply?
To apply under this new visa route it is advisable to seek immigration advice from lawyers who are properly briefed on the most recent developments surrounding the UK immigration rules. There will be many changes coming into effect as a result of Brexit and the UK’s departure from the EU which will provide many opportunities for people to come and work in the UK, the Global Talent Visa being an example of this.