Humanities and social sciences play a big role in academia in the UK and courses are widely studied at universities around the country.
In fact, the University of Oxford regularly hits the top spot in best university polls for arts and humanities degree programmes. This makes it a sought-after institution for career academics.
So, if you’re involved in humanities or social sciences overseas and you want to work in the UK, then the Global Talent Visa might be for you.
But what exactly is it?
The Global Talent Visa replaced the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in February 2020. It’s aimed at attracting top talent in the following fields:
Basically, it’s a pathway to immigration for people considered as a leader or an emerging leader in their field.
Sounds good? Let’s find out more.
The application process for all fields involves two steps.
First, you need to be endorsed by a government-designated endorsing body that is relevant to your specific industry or line of work. Without the official endorsement, you cannot apply for the Global Talent Visa, so it’s a crucial first step.
There are four ways to be endorsed:
Then there are two different types of endorsement:
For the field of humanities, the government-designated endorsing body is The British Academy. This is explained in more detail below.
The British Academy is the leading organisation in the UK for humanities and social sciences.
The Academy has been running since 1902 and is a fellowship of approximately 1,300 UK and international academics. It also operates as a funding body and a forum for debate, as well as handing out several prizes each year.
According to the Academy’s website, it’s purpose is to “deepen understanding of people, societies and cultures, enabling everyone to learn, progress and prosper.”
That should give some indication into what the organisation looks for in Global Talent Visa candidates. However, The British Academy can only endorse an application. The final decision on the visa lies with the Home Office.
The next step involves applying for endorsement approval from the Home Office. The fee for the approval application is £456.
Most applicants receive a decision within eight weeks, but it may be quicker for the following people:
If the endorsement is approved by the Home Office, you can then move onto the visa application. This has to be done within three months.
The fee for the visa application is £152, or £97 if you’re from Turkey or Macedonia. Most people get a decision within three weeks.
You can submit both the endorsement and the visa application at the same time. However, if the endorsement is rejected, the visa application will also be denied. For this reason, it’s better to wait for the endorsement approval before submitting the visa application.
If the visa is approved, you will be able to live and work in the UK for up to five years.
During that time, you can change jobs without applying for permission from the Home Office, as well as leave the UK for travel. You can even bring family members with you.
If you enjoy living in the UK and want to make it permanent, there is even the option to apply for settlement.
You can apply for settlement:
So, if you’re a leader or an emerging leader in humanities, you could move to the UK with a Global Talent Visa.
After all, social sciences and humanities is all about people. And what better way to study people than from the perspective of living in a different culture.
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