Royal Society responds to No 10 Global Talent visa route announcement for scientists

27 January 2020

Responding to the Government's announcement about the Global Talent visa route, Venki Ramakrishnan, President of the Royal Society, said:

"This is a welcome and attractive visa route that will help encourage talented researchers and specialists from all over the world, and at all stages of their careers, to choose to work in the UK. It sends out a positive message that the UK is committed to remaining open to overseas science talent who would collaborate with our outstanding home-grown minds. What is good for science is good for everybody, and can help tackle important challenges such as climate change or disease.

"The Government has listened to the research community, and this is an important first step in creating the visa system that we need for attracting global scientific talent – one that is welcoming, faster and more flexible, and takes into account the long-term aspirations of scientists and their families."

Find out more about the Global Talent visa by reading our guidance for applicants.

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This page was updated on 21 February 2020