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The Global Talent Visa is an immigration route that grants talented tech specialists a fast track to working and living in the UK. Tech Nation – the official Home Office endorsing body – is trusted
to assess applications and endorse candidates. When it comes to making the Global Talent application, it’s important to evaluate your achievements and make sure that you include each and every proof of your talent. We have compiled a list of document types required in the application process and specific examples you can include.
According to Tech Nation, around half of Global Talent Visa applicants are already working in the UK’s tech sector at the time of application. Those applicants are therefore applying to “switch” from another visa route into the Global Talent route.
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SWITCHING TO THE GLOBAL TALENT VISA FROM A DIFFERENT TYPE OF VISA

06/04/2022 
According to Tech Nation, around half of Global Talent Visa applicants are already working in the UK’s tech sector at the time of application. Those applicants are therefore applying to “switch” from another visa route into the Global Talent route.
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’

Eligibility

If you want to switch to the Global Talent Visa you must be in the UK and have either:


  • Proven that you are a leader or a potential leader in one of the fields covered by this route (digital technology in particular) –– this means getting an endorsement. The process is similar to getting an endorsement “from scratch”, i.e. outside of the UK. You must apply to switch to the Global Talent visa within 3 months of getting an endorsement.
  • Have won an eligible award.

You can apply to switch to the Global Talent visa if you are already in the UK on one of the following visa types:


  • Tier 1 (Investor visa) – this route has been shut down in February 2022. If you already have this visa (or had one in the last 12 months and it was your most recent visa), you can still apply to switch to the Global Talent visa.
  • Tier 2 (Skilled Worker visa)
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker visa)
  • Start-up visa
  • Innovator visa

You should apply before your current visa expires.


Your partner or children will need to apply separately to switch their visa. They can either apply at the same time as you, or at any time before their current visa expires.


You are not eligible for a visa switch if you’re currently in the UK in one of the following circumstances:


In this case, you must leave the UK and apply for the Global Talent visa from abroad.


Additionally, you need to keep in mind your eligibility for indefinite leave to remain (ILR). To satisfy the five-year qualifying time required for ILR, you can combine the time spent on any of the following visa types:


  • Skilled worker visa that has replaced the Tier 1 (General) route
  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) – a cancelled route
  • Innovator visa

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Supporting documents

You will need to submit:

  • Your current passport or other valid travel documentation
  • Your endorsement letter
  • Payment for the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS)
  • The result of your tuberculosis test (if applicable)

Fees

Switching to a Global Talent Visa costs £623.


If you’re applying based on an endorsement, you’ll pay the £623 in two parts:


  1. £456 when you apply for the endorsement
  2. £167 when you apply for the visa itself

Have any remaining questions? Be sure to sign up for a free consultation – our team will be happy to help you out.

Take the scoring test to calculate your chances of getting a visa and get detailed feedback from our team.
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