UCL Human Resources


Global Talent Visa (GTV)

20 February 2020

From 20 February 2020, the GTV replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent / Exceptional Promise visa.

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The key difference with this replacement visa is that there is now no cap on the number of suitably qualified people able to obtain it.

Those who qualify for a GTV can still:

  • Move freely between jobs, roles, organisations and location.
  • Obtain a GTV without any minimum salary cap restrictions.
  • Do so without needing to obtain an English language test qualification.
  • Apply for settled status after 3 years. Those who spend time outside the UK to do research will still be eligible to apply for settlement.
  • Move to the UK with their dependants who will enjoy access to the UK labour market (where applicable) if they meet the relevant criteria.

The expansion offered through the GTV is designed specifically to make provision for the science and research sector, while continuing to be open to talented and promising applicants within the digital technology and arts and culture (which includes those within film and television, fashion design and architecture) sectors.

There are four new routes to obtain a GTV.

  1. Senior appointments – this is where an individual is recruited through open competition as a professor, associate professor, reader, senior research group leader or equivalent. This route is administered by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society.
  2. Fellowships – this is where an individual is awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering and The Royal Society. The fellowship must be a current award or have been held within the 12 months prior to the application.
  3. Endorsed funders – this route provides endorsement for researchers and other academic specialists whose name and job title (where appropriate) is specified in a successful grant application from a recognised funder. This route is administered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Information about the GTV, the list of first phase recognised funders and requirements for the visa is available on the UKRI website.
  4. Peer review – an individual can obtain a standard endorsement for a GTV following the successful submission of an application for review by The British Academy, the Royal Academy of Engineering or The Royal Society (depending on their field of expertise).

The four recognised bodies are responsible for endorsing applications on behalf of the Home Office. Researchers may also be able to switch to this visa type from within the UK, if they meet the eligibility criteria and will be working on a grant from an endorsed funder.

Individuals wishing to apply for the new visa can do so via the UK Government website. UCL staff requiring further advice about the GTV should in the first instance contact HR Services.

See the Government press release about the GTV.