Global Talent

From 20 February 2020, the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) category changed to Global Talent. 

Applicants with ‘exceptional talent’ or ‘exceptional promise’ can apply for endorsement by a recognised body, including:

  • The Royal Society
  • The Royal Academy of Engineering
  • The British Academy
  • Tech Nation
  • Arts Council England
  • UK Research and Innovation

Stringent documentary requirements and detailed assessment criteria are in place for all endorsing bodies.  Successfully applying for endorsement can be challenging, even for the most talented applicants. 

How we can assist

Our specialist private client immigration team has a wealth of experience assisting clients with complex exceptional talent and exceptional promise applications.  We can assist in preparation of the necessary documentation and help to ensure your application is fast tracked as much as possible by the endorsing body and by the Home Office once the subsequent visa application is submitted.

As a full service law firm, we can provide coordinated advice that you and your business need, including employment law advice, corporate and commercial, tax, regulatory and property. 

Our partnership with Tech Nation

Kingsley Napley is Tech Nation's sole visa partner and assists tech visa applicants with their visa requirements at every stage of their UK immigration journey.  Further information on our partnership with Tech Nation can be found here.

Tech Nation enables talented people from around the world to come and work in the UK's digital tech sector, and has been designated by the Home Office to endorse applications for the Global Talent visa in digital technology.

Our specialist tech lawyers in our corporate and commercial team advise early stage companies and start-ups, as well as established businesses, whose primary assets are their technology. We advise on the key legal issues faced by fast-growing tech businesses, including investment rounds, (angel, VC and private equity); the terms of technology agreements with suppliers and customers; data protection; the exploitation and protection of intellectual property rights; employee share schemes (and all other employment issues); and exits (whether by a merger, acquisition or a listing). 

More information about the Tech Nation visa can be found here.   

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