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Author: Ross Butler
Written on: 28 January 2020
Last updated: 28 January 2020


Science, education, research

Britain introduces Global Talent visa

The new Global Talent visa is making its way through 2020 to bring genius minds and extraordinary talent to the UK.

The UK government has introduced a new fast-track visa scheme to attract world-
class scientists, researchers and mathematicians.

The new system has no cap on the number of people that can enter the UK, and the
eligibility has been widened.

The Global Talent route replaced the Tier 1 visa, in which wealthy foreigners could
‘buy’ indefinite leave to remain’ in the UK with the purchase of UK gilts (typically £1m

Applicants will be endorsed by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which will have
the power to fast-track applicants associated with UK-based research projects that
have received grants and awards, including from the European Space Agency and
Japan Science, and doubles the number of eligible fellowships. The route does not
require immigrants to have a job offer before arriving. The rules apply to the family
and dependents of applicants.

Home secretary Priti Patel said, “To keep the UK at the forefront of innovation, we
are taking decisive action to maximise the number of individuals using the Global
Talent route including world-class scientists and top researchers who can benefit
from fast-tracked entry into the UK.”

The announcement coincides with the launch of a £300m fund for maths, which Ivan
Fresenko, professor of pure maths at Nottingham University, called “unprecedented”.
He told the Times, “Funding maths will imply higher quality of maths awareness of
scientists and much better opportunities for us to lead in the fourth industrial

UKRI is now consulting on how to reduce bureaucracy and to simplify the process for
applying for funding.

The new rules will come into effect on 20 February.

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