THE COST AND THE PROCESSING TIME OF A GLOBAL TALENT VISA
HOW MUCH DOES THE GLOBAL TALENT VISA COST?
Fees to pay before the endorsement
You need to pay £456 to get the right to apply for endorsement. The endorsement application fee is non-refundable. You can appeal your case for free if you get a rejection letter from Tech Nation. However, if you want to re-apply, you will need to pay the fee — £456 — again.
Fees to pay after the endorsement
After you get endorsed, you'll need to pay a visa fee of £167.
You will also need to pay the Healthcare Surcharge of £624 for each year per person of your visa validity. Read more about the Healthcare Surcharge and find out about potential discounts depending on the circumstances in our blogpost.
If you apply for a five-year visa, your total Global Talent Visa fee will be at least £3,500. With a partner and two children, for example, the total for a five-year visa will be £14,000.
You need to consider the costs when deciding the duration of the Global Talent Visa.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN THE GLOBAL TALENT VISA?
Stage 1: Endorsement Application
During Stage 1: Endorsement Application, an endorsing body assesses the applicant's skills, abilities, and achievements and advises the Home Office whether they should be endorsed. This stage includes the submission of documents to Tech Nation.
Tech Nation's decisions currently take up to 8 weeks (as of November 2022). The fastest decision on Immigram's client's case took 1 day. There's no information on any super long delays at this stage — endorsements are issued and refusals are sent within the mentioned time frame.
If you missed Stage 1 of the Global Talent Visa process, read our blogpost about endorsement application, necessary documents, and tips on how to compile your case.
You have only 3 months (90 days) after the endorsement to submit the visa application, or it will expire.
Stage 2: Visa Application
During Stage 2: Visa (Immigration) Application, the Home Office considers immigration aspects — whether general grounds for refusal apply.
If you're a UK resident
The process usually takes around 2-3 weeks as of November 2022 (compared to 8 weeks stated by the Home Office). You just switch one BRP (biometric residence permit) to another.
If you're not a UK resident
The process takes 5-8 weeks as of November 2022 (compared to 15 days stated by the Home Office).
Read more about Stage 2 of the Global Talent Visa process here and find out more about necessary documents and the process for applying outside and inside the UK.
With an extra fee, you can get a faster decision with Priority and Super Priority services:
You can only pay for Priority and Super Priority online when booking an appointment.
Visa applications for dependants (married partners, unmarried partners, and children) submitted alongside the main applicant are taking around 6-12 weeks as of November 2022.
Read our blogpost to find out who can apply for the Dependant Visa and what documents they will need for the application.
After obtaining a visa and/or entry permit, you will have to come to the UK within 3 months (90 days).
Immigram assists at both stages of your Global Talent Visa application*. Calculate your chances of getting the visa with our scoring test and get detailed feedback from our team. We also offer post-relocation services — from renting an apartment to opening a business bank account.
* All immigration advice is provided by OISC regulated partner. Ref No. F202100337
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