Work in the UK as a leader in digital technology (Global Talent visa)

The Home office have recently issued guidance pertaining to working in the UK as a leader in digital technology (Global Talent visa).

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 4 May 2021)

What type of jobs can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

A global talent visa grants you the opportunity to work in the UK as a leader or potential leader in the fields of:

  • Financial technology (‘fintech’)
  • Gaming
  • Cyber security
  • Artificial intelligence

If me, or my family are from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, or Liechtenstein can I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Whether it is yourself or a close family member, you may be able to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if you started living in the UK before 1 January 2021.

If not, you may need a visa to work in the UK.

Additionally, Irish citizens do not need to apply for a visa or to the EU Settlement Scheme.

What can I do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you can:

Please be advised:

  • There are no language / minimum salary requirements
  • If you wish to stay in the UK longer you visa can be renewed multiple times – as long as you meet the eligibility criteria for an extension to your stay
  • You can apply for indefinite leave to remain after:
    • 3 years if you’re applying as a leader
    • 5 years if you’re applying as a potential leader

What can I not do if I work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

Once you have your Global Talent visa, you cannot:

  • apply for most benefits (public funds), or the State Pension
  • work as a sportsperson

Please be advised if your application is successful, you’ll get a full list of what you can and cannot do with a Global Talent visa.

What are the eligibility requirements to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

To get the visa, you do not need a job offer. Your background can be either:

  • technical, for example you’re a developer, engineer or data scientist
  • business, for example you have commercial, investment or digital product expertise in a technology company that creates software, hardware or that processes data

Please be advised you may also get a visa if you have won an eligible award.

How do I apply to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

When making applications, you will need to apply for an endorsement, as well as the visa.

When making an application for an endorsement:

  • To prove you are a leader / potential leader in your field, you will have to apply for an endorsement
  • The Home Office will send your application to Tech Nation to be reviewed
  • A decision is usually received within 5-8 weeks

When making an application for the visa decisions are usually granted:

  • within 3 weeks if you are outside the UK
  • within 8 weeks if you are inside the UK

What are the fees to work in the UK as a leader in digital technology under the Global Talent visa?

It costs £608 to apply and this is paid in two parts as:

  • £456 when making an application for endorsement
  • £152 when making an application for the visa

You will be required to pay the immigration healthcare surcharge fee of £624 per year for each person making an application.

Please be advised that the above information is not exhaustive as there are more requirements and points to consider.

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