Global Talent Improvements

The following improvements to the fast track routes under the Global Talent 'academic & research' criteria have been published:

Endorsed Funder

For researchers/specialist technical support who have been named or post is named on an external funded project from an eligible Endorsed Funder.

The length of time being offered or remaining on a contract of employment/host agreement has been reduced from 2 years to 1 year.

This opens up the Global Talent visa route to a number of international researchers who are working on an external funded grant. We encourage all HR colleagues to consider the full Endorsed Funder criteria before completing a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship request.

Individual Fellowship route

Two amendments to the individual fellowships route widening access to a greater number of potential applicants:

  1. Holders of eligible fellowships can now apply up to 5 years after the end of their fellowship (previously it was up to 12 months)
  2. Holders of eligible fellowships can now apply regardless of where in the world they have held their fellowship (previously the fellowship had to be held/have been held in the UK).

Prestigious prize 'super fast-track' route

An expanded list of prestigious prizes for holders of one of these prestigious prizes can apply for the Global Talent visa without going through the initial stage 1 endorsement.

Please contact Lisa Crook if you have any questions on an individual’s eligibility for a Global Talent visa.


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