Future Technology Research and Innovation visa scheme - register business interest

Closes 20 Dec 2024

Opened 4 Apr 2024


The Future Technology Research and Innovation (FTRI) Government Authorised Exchange (GAE) scheme is a new visa scheme that enables UK businesses to sponsor international researchers and research interns to carry out short-term work, research, or training placements in the UK.

To be eligible to sponsor researchers through this scheme the business must be undertaking research and/or innovation in one of the critical technologies specified in the UK’s Science & Technology Framework. These critical technologies are:

  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • engineering biology
  • future telecommunications
  • quantum technologies
  • semiconductors

The business must also:

This scheme supports the development of the critical technologies in the UK’s Science & Technology Framework and the delivery of the AI Futures programme.

Register business interest

This form is for UK businesses to register an interest in the Future Technology Research and Innovation Government Authorised Exchange visa scheme. It must be completed if your organisation wishes to obtain a sponsorship licence for the scheme.

You will be asked a series of yes/no questions to determine business eligibility and then asked to provide information on your organisation's plans for sponsorship.

UKRI is able to sponsor eligible organisations. We are not involved with the visa applications of individuals. Individuals interested in being sponsored under this scheme should contact relevant businesses to encourage them to obtain a sponsorship licence for the scheme.

Next steps

Once you have completed this form UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will be in touch to discuss how your organisation plans to use the scheme in more detail. If your organisation is eligible, we will guide you through the steps to obtain a sponsorship licence.

There is no obligation to continue to seek a sponsorship licence after completing this form.

This scheme has no end date. The listed closing date of 20 December 2024 refers to the latest possible date you can register interest in 2024. The form will reopen in 2025.


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