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UK Tech Nation (Global Talent) Visa

The Global Talent Visa, sometimes also known as the Tech Nation Visa replaces the Exceptional Talent visa and is for applicants who want to work in fields such as science, engineering, technology, medicine and humanities.

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Our Tech Nation Visa Services

The Tech Nation Visa enables the brightest and best tech talent from around the world to come and work in the UK’s digital technology sector, contributing their cutting-edge expertise, creativity and innovation to maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the global digital economy.

Clients benefit from a top-class service at a fixed fee, meaning that all of our prices are transparent and upfront, helping your company budget accordingly for the legal fees.

After 5 years, applicants can apply for settlement.

Allows you to bring dependents under the age of 18, and spouse or partner to the UK.

Dependents under the age of 18 entitled to free UK education.

I have had Westkin Associates help me and my family in obtaining a tier 1 visa, and later a tier 1 visa extension. I can say with certainty that not only is the staff extremely friendly and helpful, but they make you feel like they care about your application more than you do. They demonstrate this by being ultra-meticulous with their work and with the documentation checklists which they use. They are very particular about what they do down to the smallest details. I'd highly recommend them for any immigration matters.

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Further detail

Detailed information about our Tech Nation Visa service

Tech Nation is one of the endorsing bodies for this visa type who assess applications made within the UK’s digital technology sector. If you are seeking a Global Talent Visa within any of the tech sub-sectors including fintech, AI, cyber, and games, you will likely use this endorsing body. For other sectors, you will need to gain endorsement from one of the other UK approved endorsing bodies.

Under this visa you can apply as an existing industry Leader (the exceptional talent path) or as an Emerging leader (exceptional promise) for those with less than 5 years’ experience.

There are four different ways to qualify for the Tech Nation Visa. These are:

  • Peer reviews – requires an endorsement from an approved endorsing body.
  • Senior appointments – granted by British universities, educational and research institutes and are endorsed by the same bodies as the peer views.
  • Fellowships – gained at research institutes or a high education facility which has gained the approval of the endorsing bodies.
  • Endorsed funding – assessed by the UKRI and offers a fast track to settlement.

Applications are judged by an independent panel of experts against the eligibility criteria which includes:

Exceptional talent

Demonstrate that you’ve been recognised as a leading talent in digital tech.

AND

Provide evidence of 2 of the following:

Track record for innovation as a founder or senior exec of a product-led digital tech company or employee in a new digital field.

Recognition for work beyond occupation which contributes to the field.
Significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field through your role in:

  • a product-led digital tech company.
  • Academic contributions through published research or research endorsed by an expert.

Exceptional Promise

Demonstrate you’ve been recognised as having potential to be a leading talent

AND

Provide at least 2 of the following: 2 examples of innovation.

  • 2 examples of academic contributions or research.
  • proof of recognition of work beyond your occupation.
  • evidence you’ve made significant contributions to the field.

With over 8 decades of experience, our Immigration Lawyers and Solicitors have developed a keen awareness of the specific criteria of the Home Office and approved endorsing bodies.

Our specialist legal team has a strong understanding of the requirements of different scientific endorsing bodies, and has worked with a wide range of clients to get their applications approved. We will work tirelessly to tailor your application to meet these demands and get your Tech Nation Visa granted.

We are especially interested in those who are studying at or have graduated from prestigious universities around the world. Please get in touch to find out how we specialise in this type of visa.

The Home Office is notorious for refusing visas for falling short on any aspect of their criteria, or  for a perceived lack of clarity. It is, therefore, important to have the best legal advice available.

Get in touch with our team today to find out how we can assist you with your Global Talent Visa or Tech Nation Visa application.

FAQS

Your frequently asked questions

The Tech Nation Visa refers to applicants for innovator or start up visas to have been endorsed by Tech Nation, it is in itself not a different visa.
Tech Nation is a government funded body who promote the technology sector within the UK.
No, Tech Nation's role is varied and includes general promotion of technology across all government policy. Their role as an endorser is only part of this.
Westkin can advise on putting forward the best possible business plan so as to maximise your best possible chances of endorsement. Once Endorsement is acquired we can then advise on the next steps to attaining your visa.
Yes, you still need to meet those requirements without exception.

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