The Global Talent visa allows flexibility to
- work in the UK without restrictions, for example there is no restrictions on the hours, salary or place of work (but cannot take employment as a doctor or dentist in training unless specified or a professional sports person).
- Take periods of unpaid leave, sabbatical, change employment or take up secondary work, consultancy, or collaborations.
The visa duration is not tied to the contract of employment, fellowship or grant length. At Stage 2 (visa application) applicants can choose a 1 to 5 year visa duration.
There is no limits on extension applications subject to meeting the criteria. An extension application can be submitted from within the UK or overseas.
Stage 2 visa application
Generally the Stage 2 visa application is straight forward to complete. There is no English language or maintenance requirements as seen in other visa routes.
Applications can be made to switch into Global Talent from within the UK if the applicant holds a valid visa unless they hold a visitor, short-term student, parent of a child visitor, seasonal worker, domestic worker or they are outside the Immigration Rules.
Indefinite Leave to Remain
The route leads to settlement (Indefinite Leave to Remain).
Applicants under the academic & research endorsement routes, may be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain after a shorter period of 3 years. Although dependants require 5 years residency to be eligible.
It is possible for individuals who switch from Skilled Worker (previously Tier 2) into Global Talent to combine the time spent under these visa routes to meet the qualifying period for Indefinite Leave to Remain.
See Global Talent ILR for further information on the requirements.