Overview of the Global Talent visa

The Global Talent Visa (GTV) replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent/Promise visa on the 20th February 2020. The government has launched GTV as a part of its commitment to put science, research and innovation at the top of its agenda allow researchers, academics and other specialists to work and live in the UK.

The Global Talent visa process consists of two separate stages: 

Stage 1: Applying for, and obtaining, endorsement from one of  the six endorsing bodies engaged by the Home Office 

Stage 2: Visa application 


Before a Global Talent visa application can be made, applicants must first gain endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the Home Office. 
There are four ways to obtain endorsement for a Global talent visa. Endorsement processing times are 8 weeks for standard applications and 4 weeks for fast track applications.

  • Senior appointments (fast-track) - endorsement for individuals who have accepted a job as a Professor, Associate Professor, Reader, or equivalent position such as Senior Group Leader, at an approved UK higher education institution or research institute, provided certain recruitment requirements are met. This route is administered by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. Please contact SIT to take forward the endorsement application with the appointed candidate. 
  • Individual fellowships (fast-track) – endorsement for individuals who have been awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and Royal Society. The fellowship must be held currently or within the last 12 months. Applicants would be expected to submit their own endorsement application. Please contact SIT if you have any questions about the procedure. 
  • Endorsed funders (fast-track) –  endorsement for researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UKRI. In order to be eligible, researchers must be hosted or employed by eligible institutions named in Annex 2 of the Global Talent Immigration Rules.
    Please contact SIT to take forward the endorsement application in liaison with the appointed candidate. 
  • Peer-reviewed application (standard) – endorsement application for individuals who meet all eligibility criteria and demonstrate they are proven leader within their field of expertise (Exceptional Talent) or have the potential to become a leader within their field of expertise (Exceptional Promise). The application is assessed by fellows at the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or Royal Society.

Full endorsement criteria 

More information about the criteria can be found on our endorsement pages

The Staff Immigration Team legally represent applicants submitting endorsement applications visa the following routes:   Senior Appointment, Endorsed funders, Peer-reviewed (standard) application 

Where a person has secured an individual fellowship on the list of eligible fellowships, they are encouraged to apply for the Global Talent endorsement themselves. SIT would be happy to provide advice in relation to straightforward enquiries and signpost to the relevant guidance, where possible.

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For information on the costs involved, please see the Global Talent cost page 

  • Unlimited right to work in the UK (but cannot take employment as doctor or dentist in training, or work as a professional sports person or coach) 
  • Not tied to contract or grant length
  • Applicant can choose a 1 to 5 year visa
  • Can obtain ILR after 3 years under Tier 1 GTV
  • Tier 2 visa holders who switch into Global Talent can combine the time spent under Tier 2 and Global Talent to meet the 3 year qualifying period for ILR
  • Absences over 180 days a year waived if for ‘research purposes’
  • No change for their dependants
  • Can switch from Tier 2 or Tier 5 (GAE) into GTV from inside the UK
  • No English Language requirements – though there is such a requirement when applying for ILR

Who to contact

Lisa Crook

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

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