Stage 1 − Endorsement application
You may be eligible to apply for the Global Talent Visa if you currently hold one of the named fellowships on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society in either the ‘exceptional talent’ or ‘exceptional promise’ category. Or if you have held it within five years directly prior to your date of application.
Please note, not all fellowships awarded by these awarding bodies are eligible, so it's important to check the published list carefully.
As part of the online endorsement application, you will be asked to enter all your personal details. After that, you will be asked if you are applying under exceptional talent or exceptional promise criteria and will need to select the category your fellowship falls under. Next you will be asked if you are applying for fast-track consideration, and you will need to state the name of your fellowship. You will then need to upload your Fellowship Award letter to complete your application. No other documents are required at this stage.
You should receive notification that your endorsement has been successful via email within approximately one week.
Once you receive your endorsement confirmation, you can then apply for your visa. You must apply for your visa within three months of receiving your endorsement letter.
Stage 2 − Apply for entry clearance or permission
You must apply online for a Global Talent visa. How you apply depends on whether you are:
- outside the UK and are coming to the UK
- inside the UK and extending your current visa
- inside the UK and switching from a different visa
After you apply
Please refer to our guidance on the Global Talent visa for further details.