If you have heard anything about the UK Global Talent Visa, and where curious “what’s this?” now it the time to answer. Actually, this is an improved version of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
When we are talking about any kind of improvements, we need to understand the reason why they exist and what was the ground for accepting the change.
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa has been criticized many times because of (1) restrictive nature, (2) difficult to execute requirements to prove the talent of a person, (3) need of network instead of personal experience and knowledge, (4) a limited number of endorsement bodies.
After considering these issues, Global Talent Visa has to make the life of applicants easier, offering the following changes
No limits in number
As we know, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa has an annual cap of 200 visas that can be issued in a year. So in a new visa scheme, there will be unlimited visas and no pressure, related to this question.
An expanded pool of Endorsement Bodies
Now we have a shortlist of the designed body who is authorised to Enrodrse Exceptional Promises and Exceptional Talents. This is kind of a monopoly. According to the proposals, the UK Global Talent Visa will expand the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates. And, despite the fair attitude to the assessment of visa applications, I am sure, this is a reason why many applicants may get their talent visas.
This step of simplification the visa procedure sounds great but is not completely clear now. I am waiting for a publicly available Guidelines to understand the criteria for automatic endorsement for Global Talent Visa.
Support for Exceptional Promise applicants
One of the new features of the updated visa route will be met with an ovation by Exceptional Promise applicants (however, for Digital Technologies it is irrelevant). It’s all about the requirement to be a research fellow. As of now, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in STEM requires to be a recipient of research fellowship as an obligatory criterion to get a visa. But if the future it has gone!
Regarding the permanent part of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa like the ability to apply for a job or be self-employed, a right to bring the family in the UK and they can work in the UK too – they are in force. So the new visa route will not change them.
That is why now we will wait for the next step from the Government to bring more details about UK Global Talent Visa and I believe it will benefit the economy of the UK and brings new positive turn into lives of many talented people worldwide.
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