The Global Talent Visa has replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. You can apply for a Global Talent visa to live and work in the UK if you're a leader or potential leader in academia or research, arts & culture, or digital technology.

The global Talent visa category is for talented and promising individuals in specific sectors wishing to work in the UK. ‘Talent’ applicants are already leaders in their respective fields, while ‘promise’ applicants have shown the potential to become leaders in their fields.

Before you apply for the Global Talent visa, you need to have either won an eligible award or successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader in your field.

What documents are required for a Global Talent visa UK?

When you apply you'll need to provide:

  • a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
  • your tuberculosis test results if you're from a country where you have to take the test

If you've had an award or scholarship to study in the UK in the last year, you'll also need written permission to apply from the agency or government that granted it.

If your documents are not in English or Welsh you'll also need to provide a certified translation.

You need a blank page in your passport for your visa if you're:

  • from outside the EU, EEA or Switzerland
  • from the EU, EEA or Switzerland but do not have a biometric passport with a chip in it

If you've won an eligible award, the Home Office will look at publicly available information (such as the award organisation's website) to confirm that you've won. You'll only be asked for evidence of your win if they cannot find this.