Can I qualify for a UK Global Talent visa?

UK Global Talent visa has been in high demand over the past few years since it is an unsponsored route with a possibility to settle in the UK after 3 years for world-leading talents. Prospective applicants are often overwhelmed with the endorsement requirements as well as puzzled as to what documents can be provided in support of their application. And this is normal; simply because gaining the endorsement can significantly boost applicants’ career prospects.

Regardless of age or experience in your field of talent, you still have a shot at the endorsement. If you are looking to get an endorsement for the field of digital technology, the fundamental rule of identifying whether to apply for a “talent” or “promise” endorsement is the length of your work experience in the chosen field. Namely, if your professional experience in the field amounts to less than 5 years, you have a higher chance of being endorsed as a leading talent (“promise”). However, if the length of your experience is 5+ years, an application for a “talent” endorsement can be made. Remember that sometimes your achievements so far, such as innovations, creativity, or your significant contribution to the company’s growth, matter more than the length of your professional experience.

The next step is to identify whether you are a technical applicant or a business applicant. The examples of suitable skills are listed in the Tech Nation guidance, however, the list is not exhaustive. If you are at the forefront of the digital technology sector but you have not found skills that make you unique in your field, do not be discouraged. The best way to prove the Tech Nation’s independent panel that you are a leader or prospective leader in your field is to provide evidence of your skills and achievement thus far in relation to the relevant mandatory and two optional criteria.

Most importantly, remember that Stage 1 – endorsement application is not an immigration application. As long as you still have enough time on your current visa, there is absolutely no reason why you should not try your luck and test your chances of securing the well-desired endorsement.

The same principle works with other endorsing bodies, not only with the Tech Nation. Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not trying.

Please note that requirements may vary from case to case based on the nuances of your situation, and the information on this page is not intended to replace legal advice.