UK launches Global Talent visa scheme to attract scientists

UK launches Global Talent visa scheme to attract scientists

Top scientists and researchers will be given fast tracked entry to the UK as part of its newly-launched Global Talent visa scheme.

Under the new visa regime, there will be no cap on who can benefit and how many visas will be granted.

This announcement follows up on the statement made in August last year when the then newly-elected PM Boris Johnson said that a shake-up of immigration rules to attract more scientists to the UK would be made.

Reflecting on this announcement, Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, said:

“The UK has a proud history of scientific discovery, but to lead the field and face the challenges of the future we need to continue to invest in talent and cutting edge research.

“That is why as we leave the EU I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”

UK Global Talent visa scheme to encourage immigration and settlement for top scientists

The UK Global Talent visa scheme will replace the current Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route and, under the new permit, dependants of successful visa-holders will have full access to the labour market once in the UK.

The route will also not require individuals to hold employment offers prior to arriving in the UK and will provide successful Global Talent visa holders an accelerated path to settlement.

Reacting to this move, Professor Julia Buckingham, President of Universities UK and Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University London, said:

“We share the Prime Minister’s vision to position the UK as a magnet for global science and research talent. The Global Talent visa is a positive step towards this for UK universities.

“The visa route will help to ensure that universities can attract the brightest scientists and researchers to the UK with minimal barriers.”

The new fast-track Global Talent visa scheme will open on 20 February, and will be managed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Pic: Chris Lawton

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