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To get a Global Talent Visa you need to apply for an ‘endorsement’ (Stage 1), as well as for the visa itself (Stage 2)
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To get a Global Talent Visa you need to apply for an ‘endorsement' (Stage 1), as well as for the visa itself (Stage 2)

CONTENT
1. Side-occupation evidence
2. Evidence about innovation
3. Amount of supporting documents
4. High level of achievements
5. Letters of recommendation
6. Correlation between ‘Talent’
and ‘Promise’

Who endorses candidates with digital tech experience

To apply for a Global Talent Visa, you usually have to get the endorsement from an endorsing body first. Tech Nation is the official Home Office designated endorsing body authorised to assess applications from candidates with digital technology-related expertise.


Thus, if you are a founder or an employee with technical or business backgrounds, including all tech sub-sectors (fintech, cyber, games, AI, etc.), Tech Nation will be your endorsing body.

How the endorsement process works

An endorsing body (i.e. Tech Nation) assesses your skills, abilities and achievements as an Exceptional Talent (Leader) or an Exceptional Promise (Emerging Leader), and advises the Home Office whether you can be endorsed.


You must first apply for endorsement on the official Global Talent visa website and then also complete a Tech Nation application for assessment. In order for your application of endorsement to be valid you must submit your Tech Nation assessment form no later than 15 working days (an official deadline) after you submitted your Home Office application.

Immigram Notes
“After two weeks, Tech Nation will send an email with a reminder and prolong the deadline to another 15 days, which makes it 30 days in total. However, it doesn’t matter much since Tech Nation refunds the paid fee, and the applicant can reapply. So, virtually there is no deadline.”

The Home Office will inform you if you have been endorsed by Tech Nation. If you are successful in receiving the endorsement, you can proceed to apply for the visa (Stage 2: Visa (Immigration) application).


The application for the endorsement stage takes 5-8 weeks to be processed. Immigram’s clients usually get the decision within 2-4 weeks, sometimes — as early as 3-4 days.


If you can provide evidence of being accepted onto a current or future programme at one of the recognised UK accelerator programmes listed below, then your application is considered a "Fast Track", and you may get the decision in 3 weeks.


These accelerators are currently eligible for this Fast Track:


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What documents you will need for endorsement application

The endorsement application should have the following evidence:

Who can skip the Stage 1: Endorsement application

You can apply for the visa without an endorsement if you have won an eligible award. For individuals with expertise in digital technology those awards are: ACM Prize in Computing and Turing Award. Both are awarded by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

If you want to evaluate your chances of obtaining a Global Talent — take our scoring test and receive detailed feedback from the Immigram team afterward.

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