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Which route is right for me?

There are four routes to obtaining endorsement for a Global Talent visa in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, the social sciences and the humanities. The decision tree below will help you identify which route may be most appropriate. The endorsing bodies are not able to provide advice to individual applicants.

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Decision tree for Global Talent visa routes

Route 1: Academic and research appointments

Have you accepted the offer of a job at an institution approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society? If no, proceed to Route 2. If yes, will you be responsible in your new role either for academic, research or innovation leadership and development, or for directing or leading an individual or team research or innovation project or programme of work? If no, proceed to Route 2. If yes, you need a statement of guarantee from the Human Resources Director or equivalent at the employing institution confirming that certain recruitment requirements were met to support your application for a fast-track visa.

More information on Route 1: Academic and research appointments

Route 2: Individual fellowships

Have you been awarded an individual fellowship on the list approved by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Royal Society? If no, proceed to Route 3. If yes, then if your fellowship is listed and you hold it currently or have done so within the last 12 months, you must submit a copy of the award letter as part of your fast-track visa application.

More information on Route 2: Individual fellowships

Route 3: Endorsed funders

Are you working on a research grant issued by an endorsed funder on the list approved by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)? If no, proceed to Route 4. If yes, then if you as an individual or your role is named in a successful grant application from an endorsed funder, you need to submit both the award letter and a statement of guarantee from the employing or host institution as part of your application for a fast-track visa. The funder and the institution must both be on UKRI’s approved lists.

Under the endorsed funder route, eligibility extends to the principal investigator (P.I.), co-investigators (Co I.) and team roles stated in the grant application at graduate level and above – for example, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, technologists and methodologists. Eligible individuals must spend at least 50% of their work time on fulfilling the grant conditions (principal investigators or co-investigators holding multiple grants may demonstrate 50% in aggregate). A minimum award threshold of £30,000 applies and the minimum grant duration is 24 months. Individuals must have at least two years left on their employment contract to be eligible. Temporary exemptions apply to researchers working on COVID-19 related projects.

More information on Route 3: Endorsed funders

Route 4: Peer review

Check the eligibility and assessment criteria for a standard endorsement and submit an application for peer review by the British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering or Royal Society.

Note on the peer review route. The British Academy reviews standard ‘exceptional talent and promise’ applications from the humanities and social sciences, the Royal Academy of Engineering covers engineering, and the Royal Society covers natural and medical sciences. If you do not meet the criteria for standard endorsement, you may still be eligible for a Skilled Worker visa. If you are coming to the UK for the purposes of collaboration, training or knowledge exchange, you may apply through the Government Authorised Exchange Worker route.

More information on Route 4: Peer review

This page was last updated on 6 April 2021

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