UK finally begins to catch up with its talents-friendly immigration policies after Brexit
  • Posted 13 Mar, 2020

Recently, the British Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa is no longer available to applicants. According to the latest visa rules announced by the UK Home Office, the total number of immigrants will be reduced in the future, and the application for work visas will be controlled, mainly to attract more highly-skilled applicants. The cancellation of the Exceptional Talent visa is precisely to cater to this policy.


Instead, the Global Talent Visa, as an upgrade version of the Exceptional Talent visa, has been introduced. To begin with, the Global Talent Visa no longer sets quota limits, which is different from the previous Exceptional Talent visa quota of 2,000 people per year. Applicants no longer need to obtain a UK job offer in advance, which gives them more options in future planning. A new field, namely research and innovation which is managed by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), has been added to the previous fields including science and medicine, humanities, engineering, digital technology, and art.


In order to solve the problem of outflow of talent after Brexit, Britain will further loose immigration policies. The PSW visa (Post Study Work) specially prepared for international students will be reopened to attract overseas talents. The UK's new point-based immigration system will also be officially launched on January 1, 2021, in order to control the number of unskilled workers.


Although there are many advantages of the new Global Talent Visa, all applications will be reviewed by an organization that is related to qualifying field (called an "endorsing body"), such as the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Sciences, etc. These organizations attach great importance to the applicant's true talents and influence, so under such a panel of examination, the bar remains high. The most popular and feasible route to immigrate to the UK is the UK Tier 1 Investor Visa and the UK Representative Of An Overseas Business, as they have had constantly high success rates.


However, changes in these programs may happen at any time, as the tightening in immigration policy is foreseeable under present government. Globevisa started to run UK immigration in a very early time, and has accumulated rich experience and many successful cases. With local office and team in the UK, Globevisa is the professional agency you Britons-to-be really need.

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