⭐️ Global Talent Visa
December 28, 2023
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December 28, 2023

Do I need a job offer to be eligible for the Global Talent Visa?

Do I need a job offer to be eligible for the Global Talent Visa?
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✦ Do I need a job offer to be eligible for the Global Talent Visa?

The Global Talent Visa in digital technology is an opportunity for the brightest tech talent from around the world to come to the UK to realise their potential in the country’s IT sector. This immigration programme is for founders and employees with technical or business backgrounds, including all tech sub-sectors like fintech, AI, cyber, and games.

To apply for the majority of Worker Visas you need to have a job offer from one of the UK companies or be transferred by your current employer to the company’s branch in the United Kingdom.

📌 However, this is not the case when applying for the Global Talents Visa. You do not need a job offer, but you will need to include a definite plan of what you’ll be doing once you are in the UK and how you intend to contribute to the growth of the UK’s digital economy.

As soon as you get the Global Talents visa, you get freedom and flexibility in the job market:

  • You can change your employer and position in the company,
  • Become self-employed,
  • Open your business,
  • Or not work at all, for instance, if you want to study.

Although any work should be within the IT field. If you are employed and then subsequently change employers or jobs, you will not need to notify the Home Office (unlike under the Skilled Worker Visa).

Moreover, there is no minimum salary threshold, financial requirements, or English language test for the Global Talent route. Although, please consider that the endorsing body may impose its own language requirement (if you apply for a Global Talent Visa not in the digital technology, but in another sector).

However, as part of your application form, you will be asked to submit a personal statement of up to 1000 words in length which can include details on how you intend to contribute to the growth of the UK’s digital economy. This will play an important role in the assessment of your application.

The statement should be relevant and consistent to the rest of your application, including answers to the following questions and any other information you consider relevant:

  • Why do you want to come to the UK?
  • What is your planned occupation in the UK?
  • Which region or city of the UK are you planning to live in?
  • How will the UK digital technology sector benefit from your work?

Examples of this might include the technological advances you will bring,

the planned growth of a digital technology company, the activities you will take part in outside of your direct occupation that will invest in the improvement of the IT sector, etc.

In summary, you do not need a job offer to get an endorsement for the Global Talent Visa. Moreover, the visa will increase your chances of getting a job inside the UK as the Global Talent Visa is an official document of your recognition as a leader or potential leader in the IT industry.
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