UK Government update on Global Talent Visa

From 5 May 2020, individuals who have won prestigious awards in fields including the sciences, humanities, engineering, the arts and digital technology will be able to fast track their endorsement application and make a single visa application under the Global Talent visa route.

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13/05/2021

On 5 May 2020 the Government announced changes to the Global Talent visa route (for more details of this route see here).

Global Talent Visa

From 5 May 2020, individuals who have won prestigious awards in fields including the sciences, humanities, engineering, the arts and digital technology will be able to fast track their endorsement application and make a single visa application under the Global Talent visa route. Previously, all applicants would have to successfully apply to one of the six endorsing bodies. This should mean that prize winners can take advantage of this more streamlined route towards the Global Talent visa.

Eligible prize winners

Examples of prizes that are eligible in each field include:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths:
    • Nobel Prize winners in Physics, Chemistry, Economic Science and Medicine; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; Fields Medal; Turing Award
  • Music:
    • Brit Award - International Male/Female; Mobo – Best International Act; Grammys – Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Film, TV and Theatre:
    • Various Academy Award and Golden Globe categories; Bafta – Best Film Actress/Actor/Director; various Tony Awards and Olivier Awards
  • Arts & Literature:
    • Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; Hugo Boss Prize; Nobel Prize - Literature

Winners of certain awards across dance, fashion, architecture, and social sciences will also be included.

The full list of eligible prizes is available here.