Global Talent Visa 2021

Closes 7 Sep 2021

Opened 22 Jun 2021


The Global Talent Visa is an immigration route provided by the UK Government to provide a fast and efficient visa offer to those working in science and research. Under the scheme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) can recognise other funders as an ‘Endorsed Funder’. Any researcher or specialist who is named or whose role is named on a grant from an endorsed funder can apply for the Global Talent Visa, provided they meet certain conditions.

We want to increase the number of Endorsed Funders. Endorsed funders may be based in the UK or internationally.


Why we are consulting

UKRI is seeking input on which funders UKRI should recognise as an Endorsed Funder under the Global Talent Visa. Researchers working on a grant from an Endorsed Funder may be eligible to apply for a fast-tracked Global Talent Visa, and the benefits that this visa type confers. This will be of interest to research organisations, research and innovation funders in the UK and international research funders that fund or co-fund work in the UK.

Please note that this expression of interest is only the first step in the process to becoming a recognised funder and does not confer any obligation on the part of UKRI to take an application further. Nominated funders will be required to complete additional due diligence, which may include questions about an organisation’s governance and internal controls, adherence to peer review principles and financial stability.

Endorsed funders play no role in the visa process itself. When applying to UKRI for visa endorsement, researchers simply submit a copy of the grant award to confirm their eligibility for the scheme.

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