Global Talent Endorsement and visa application process

STAGE 1: ENDORSEMENT

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An individual appointed to a Professorship, Associate Professorship or another senior academic position at University of Oxford may be eligible for the accelerated endorsement for a Global Talent if the following requirements were met during the recruitment process: 

  • the position was advertised and an open competition was held;
  • at least three references were required and received;
  • at least four senior academic representatives from the host institution were present on the interview panel;
  • at least one senior external expert in a relevant field, who is not employed by the HEI participated in the interview, or provided written input;
  • the job offer has been made and accepted.

The employing department, division or college will need to complete a Global Talent internal application form  and return this to the Staff Immigration Team along with the required supporting documentation. It is advised this is submitted no less than twelve weeks before the applicant is due to commence employment.

With the support of the Staff Immigration Team, a simple Stage 1 online application and letter of support to address the above criteria will be submitted. The Academies provide assurance that the application will be endorsed in approximately 5 weeks.

 

The Academies provide an accelerated route for those awarded specific peer-reviewed fellowships from the Research Councils UK, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Wellcome Trust and the Academies.

A full list of eligible fellowships can be found on the Royal Society website.

If you hold a fellowship named on this list you will be able to submit a simple Stage 1 online application via the Home Office Global Talent website with the assurance that your application will be endorsed in approximately 3 weeks.

Please note: Eligible fellows who already have permission to stay in the  UK under Tier 2, Tier 5 (GAE- Sponsored Researcher) or Tier 1 visa can consider switching into Tier 1 Exceptional Talent from within the UK.

The awarding body of your fellowship may provide you with guidance to support your application, please also contact the Staff Immigration Team if you have specific questions.

The "endorsed funder" endorsement is tailored for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UKRI.

 

The criteria are as follows: 

o   The applicant is either named on a grant funding from one of the endorsed funders
or
o   The applicant is appointed to a role named on a grant from an endorsed funder

o   The grant was won subject to peer review
o   The grant award will need to be of a value of at least £30,000   
o   The grant award is at least 2 years in duration
o   The applicant is employed or hosted by, or in receipt of an offer of employment or hosting from, the University of Oxford
o   Have at least 2 years remaining on their employment contract or hosting agreement at the point of application for visa endorsement
o   Applicant will be spending at least 50% of their working time contributing to the grant
 

In addition, on of the following scenarios must apply:

A: Independently conducting unique research or innovation project B: Providing critical contributions to research 
The applicant is independently directing, or direct under the supervision of a Principal Investigator, a unique research or innovation project. The project may be a part of a wider programme of work. The applicant must meet ALL of the following: The applicant must make critical contributions to research through the provision of core technical or domain excellence, or in developing new technologies and methodologies. The applicant will be typically named, or their post listed, on the grant/award under ‘directly incurred’ costs. They must meet BOTH of the following:

 

 

(a) The applicant must have a PhD qualification or equivalent
    
(b) The applicant must actively participate in a relevant field within a university, research institute or industry 
   
(c) The applicant must have their name or post listed on the grant/award as the Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Researcher Co-Investigator, Post-doctoral Researcher, Research Assistant

(a) The applicant must hold a UK Bachelors degree (or equivalent overseas research degree or research experience deemed acceptable by UKRI).

    
(b) The applicant must have research experience, typically within a university, research institute or industry.

 

 

This requires a full application which undergoes a peer-review assessment of your career, achievements and standing in your field, along with assessing your future plans and the impact this will have on UK research excellence. This assessment is undertaken by at least two fellows from the Academies who are aligned to your specialism.

The following table details the qualifying eligibility criteria which must be met before your application is put forward for the peer-review assessment.

 

Exceptional Talent 

Mandatory

Exceptional Promise 

Mandatory

- Active researcher in a relevant field, typically within a University, research institute or within industry;

- Have a PhD or equivalent research experience;

- Provide a dated letter of personal recommendation supporting the Global Talent application from an eminent person resident in the UK who is familiar with your work and your contribution to your field, and is qualified to assess your claim to be a world leader in your field;

- Meet one of more of the following Qualifying Criteria

 

- Have a PhD or equivalent research experience (including industrial research);

- Provide a dated letter of personal recommendation supporting the Global Talent application from an eminent person resident in the UK who is familiar with your work and your contribution to your field, and is qualified to assess your claim that you have the potential to be a world leader in your field;

Be at an early stage in your career;

- Have been awarded, hold or have held in the past five years, a prestigious UK-based Research Fellowship, or an international Fellowship or advanced research post judged by the competent body to be of equivalent standing.

Mandatory

- Be a member of your national academy or a foreign member of academies or other countries (in particular any of the UK national academies);

- Have been awarded a prestigious internationally recognised prize;

- Provide a written recommendation from a reputable UK organisation concerned with research in your field. The dated letter must be written by an authorised senior member of the organisation, such as Chief Executive, Vice-Chancellor or similar, on official paper.

 
   

 

Meeting the qualifying criteria does not guarantee endorsement, please refer to the second page of Global Talent visa overview document for further guidance on the peer-review assessment undertaken.  The Academies also publish detailed information on the eligibility criteria, process and FAQs on their respective websites: the British Academythe Royal Societythe Royal Academy of Engineering.
 

If the department, division or college would like to request the Staff Immigration Team to assist an applicant with the submission of a Global talent Stage 1 endorsement application they will need to complete a Global talent internal application form  and return this to the Staff Immigration Team. It is advised this is submitted approximately five months before the applicant is due to commence employment.

With the support of the Staff Immigration Team, a Stage 1 online application, short CV, letters of personal and organisational support to meet the above criteria will be submitted.

 

 


Other Global Talent Endorsement options:

Tech Nation UK

Tech Nation UK's endorsement criteria is designed for individuals within digital technology and business skills. 

Full details of the application process, criteria and examples can be found at the Tech Nation Visa Scheme website additionally the Home Office's Policy Guidance provides further details on the application requirements.

 

Arts Council

Arts Council England, liaising with the three national arts bodies covering Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, consider endorsement applications in the fields of arts and culture (encompassing dance, music, theatre, combined arts, literature and visual arts - including museums and galleries).

Full details of the application process and criteria can be found on the Arts Council England website additionally the Home Office's Policy Guidance provides further details on the application requirements.

STAGE 2: VISA APPLICATION

Once endorsement has been granted, the applicant can proceed with the visa application. The visa application must be submitted within three months from the date the endorsement decision was made. After three months, the endorsement will expire and a new endorsement application would need to be submitted. 

It is possible to apply for endorsement and visa at the same time, but please contact SIT if you intend to do so. 
 

APPLYING OUTSIDE THE UK 

Applicants who are outside the UK, will need to submit the application in their home country or a country where they have the right to reside for 6 months or more. Click the button below for more information and for the application form: 

APPLY FOR GLOBAL TALENT VISA FROM OUTSIDE THE UK 

 

SWITCHING TO GLOBAL TALENT VISA WITHIN THE UK 

Applicants may apply to switch to a Global Talent visa from within the UK, where they currently hold a valid:  

APPLY FROM WITHIN THE UK (SWITCH) 

 

APPLYING FOR DEPENDANT VISAS FOR FAMILY MEMBERS 
 

For more information about applying for a dependant visa, please see the Global talent dependant page.
 

Who to contact


Lisa Crook

Immigration Officer
Tel: 01865 289919
Email: lisa.crook@admin.ox.ac.uk

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