Changes to the Global Talent Route

Apr 5, 2022

On 15 March 2022 the UK Home Office have published a new Statement of Changes to the Immigration Rules: HC1118.

The document includes changes to the Global Talent route which will come into effect on 06 April 2022.

Changes to the endorsement criteria for digital technology applicants:

  • Those applying for exceptional talent or exceptional promise must show that they have been recognised as a leading talent/having potential to be a leading talent in the digital technology sector in the last 5 years.
  • Those evidencing exceptional promise must be at an early stage in their career
  • The three mandatory letters of recommendation provided as proof of the digital technology track record must now also include:
    • how the author knows the applicant; and
    • the applicant’s achievements in the relevant field; and
    • how the author considers the applicant shows exceptional talent or promise; and
    • the contribution the applicant would make to the UK digital economy.

Changes to the endorsement criteria for science, engineering, humanities and medicine fields:

  • Applicants applying for endorsement on the fast track route must provide evidence that they have been appointed to an eligible academic or research position.
  • An applicant evidencing exceptional talent/promise under full peer review endorsement will also need to show that they have been recognised as a leading talent/have potential to be a leading talent in the field of science, engineering, humanities or medicine besides the other criteria.
Changes to the Global Talent Route

compiled by Judit Adorjan – Senior Immigration Consultant

The eligibility criteria have been updated to include:

  • An applicant making an initial application or applying for an extension and is relying on an endorsement must not had their endorsement withdrawn or suspended by the endorsing body.

The validity requirements for Global Talent dependants have been updated to include:

  • that the applicant must be applying as a partner or child of a person who:
    • has made a valid application for entry clearance or permission to stay on the Global Talent route that has not been decided
    • has permission to enter or stay in the UK on the Global Talent route
    • is settled or has British citizenship, provided the person had permission on the Global Talent route when they settled and the applicant either had permission as their partner/child at that time, of if the applicant as a child they were born in the UK before the person settled.

Changes to the requirements for settlement:

  • The continuous period of residence can consist of time spent as a Tier 1 Migrant, other than Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) or Scale up.
  • Dependants applying for settlement must be applying as a partner or child of a person who:
    • has made a valid application for entry clearance or permission to stay on the Global Talent route that has not been decided
    • has permission to enter or stay in the UK on the Global Talent route
    • is settled or has British citizenship, provided the person had permission on the Global Talent route when they settled and the applicant either had permission as their partner/child at that time, of if the applicant as a child they were born in the UK before the person settled.

The list of prestigious prizes has been updated:

The following have been added:

  • Brit Awards International ArtistBritish Phonographic Industry
  • BAFTA Leading Actor (Television) British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • BAFTA Leading Actress (Television) British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • BAFTA Supporting Actor (Television) British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • BAFTA Supporting Actress (Television) British Academy of Film and Television Arts
  • Abel Prize Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
  • AF Harvey Engineering Research Prize Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Annual Review Prize Lecture – Physiological Society
  • Bakerian Medal and Lecture- Royal Society.

The following has been removed:

  • Royal Gold Medal Royal – Institute of British Architects

Contact our Global Talent Visa Lawyers

If you are planning to submit an Global Talent application get in touch with a member of our team for further advice on the requirements.