To be considered for entry under the Global Talent visa, applicants must normally* seek endorsement from one of six endorsing bodies engaged by the UK Home Office.
If you are applying for endorsement in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences or the humanities, or for other academic and research roles, the Home Office will refer your application to the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) which will make an endorsement decision based on the evidence you provide.
If you are applying for endorsement in non-academic fields of arts and culture and digital technology, your application will be referred to Arts Council England or Tech Nation, which follow separate endorsement criteria. Please see Appendix Global Talent of the Immigration Rules and the guidance on GOV.UK for further information.
If endorsement is granted, the final immigration decision rests with the Home Office.
*Holders of certain prestigious prizes can apply for a visa without going through the initial endorsement stage. The list of eligible awards and further information is available on GOV.UK
How to get endorsed
The are four different routes open to obtaining endorsement for a Global Talent visa in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences and the humanities. Use our decision tree to find which of the four routes to endorsement
Route 1: Academic and Research appointments
For individuals who have been appointed to an eligible academic or research position at an approved UK higher education institution (HEI) or research institute
Route 2: Individual fellowships
For applicants who have been awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society.
Route 3: Endorsed funders
For researchers and specialists whose name or job title is specified in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Route 4: Peer review
For individuals who wish to be considered for endorsement by peer review undertaken by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or the Royal Society.