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Global talent visa

Whether you're an experienced software developer, product manager, digital marketeer, or other professional from the tech sector, the Global Talent Visa offers great flexibility and freedom to you and your family.

Benefits

The Global Talent Visa offers a variety of benefits for its holders, including:
No academic degree required
Academic qualifications are not part of visa requirements. However, if you have a Ph.D. or completed another program that strengthened your qualification, this could be a benefit.
No business idea, funding or accelerator required
There is no need to have a business idea, funding, or acceptance to the accelerator, which is often required for similar types of visas.
No need for IELTS, TOEFL or other English tests
No need to pass IELTS or any other English language test. Knowledge of English is not a criteria.
No job offer required
No job offer required when applying for Global Talent Visa. With the visa you are free to apply to jobs in UK. Also, there is no head ache for your employer – all your documents are ready and you are fully eligible for jobs in the UK.
Flexibility earn – work, freelance or launch a startup
Full flexibility comparing with full ban on business activity for Tier 2 Visa and restrictions for Startup, Innovator, and Sole Rep Visas (only endorsed businesses are allowed).
No savings or bank statements required
No saving required, comparing to £945 requirement for Tier 2 and Startup Visas or £51k for Innovator Visa, or bank statements for Sole Rep Visa.
Full freedom and flexibility
There are no restrictions on type of activities you may or may not do to qualify for the visa. You can work for a company, be self-employed, launch your own business, enrol to full-time studies, or combine all of these!
Talent is talent – no requirements for employment or startup
There are no requirements or limitations for employment or startup activities, which is not the case for other UK Visas (Tier 2 Visa requires tenure on specific job, Startup and Innovator Visas have strict requirements for your startup).

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All you need is just your passport and an endorsement letter
The Global Talent Visa offers freedom, flexibility and is family friendly.

You won’t be tied down to a particular job, employer or location, with the opportunity to explore options and grow your tech career in the way that you want.

Your family can join you on your new adventure in the UK.

When it comes to the exceptional talent route, your visa will be granted for three years with the option to then apply for permanent residence.

This is also true for the exceptional promise route, except the visa will be granted for five years.

For both routes this could be the last visa you ever apply for, before calling the UK your forever home.

Exceptional promise or exceptional talent?

There are two pathways for application depending on your experience and achievements.

leader in relevant field, 3 years to ILR

EXCEPTIONAL TALENT
An Exeptional Talen is someone who is already recognized as a leader in their field. Applicant needs to demonstrate a leading role in digital technology through their skills and achievements.

POTENTIAL leader in relevant field, 5 years to ILR

EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE
An Exceptional Promise is someone who is an emerging or potential leader in their field. Applicant needs to prove that they have potential to drive innovation in digital technology field.

What sets the two routes apart?

How much experience you currently have in the sector
3 years to ILR for exceptional Talent vs. 5 years for exceptional Promise
To understand, which path is a better fit for you — complete quiz

Permanent residence and British citizenship

ILR STATUS

Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) is an immigration status which allows the person who holds it to live and work in the UK for an unlimited time, without any need to apply for a visa extension. It is also called Permanent Residency Permit.

To get an ILR status, an endorsee will have to remain in the UK for a period of 6 months per year at a minimum. Nonetheless, the rest of the year you are free to travel and can reside in another country.

After receiving ILR status you can travel freely, however, you should not be outside UK for more than two years in a row, or you may lose your ILR status.

BRITISH CITIZENSHIP

Pathway to British Citizenship requires that the applicant stays in the UK for at least 9 months per year for 5 years prior to the application.

Once you become British citizen, you will be given the same rights as any other UK national, including vote in all UK elections and to stand for office.With British passport you can travel freely – British passport is #4 most powerful passport in the world. You can also spend as long as you want outside the UK without being subject to immigration restrictions.

The UK government also allows dual citizenship, so you don't have to give up your original citizenship.

Technical or business application?

TECHNICAL APPLICANTS

Technical applicants must demonstrate proven technical expertise with the latest technologies in building, using, deploying, or exploiting a technology stack or building technical infrastructure.

BUSINESS APPLICANTS

Business applicants must demonstrate a proven commercial, investment, or product expertise in building digital products or leading investments in recognised digital product businesses.
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The process

APPLICATION FOR ENDORSEMENT
2 – 8 weeks
In the first stage, an endorsing body (Tech Nation) assesses the candidate's application and endorses the applicant, confirming that the applicant satisfies the high bar for talent. As a result of this step, Tech Nation issues an Endorsement Letter.
APPLICATION FOR VISA
3 weeks
In the second stage, an immigration body (Home Office) considers the immigration aspects of your case and makes sure that general grounds for visa refusal do not apply.

How Kosmo helps clients with UK Global Talent Visa?

We work hard to make sure that our customers get endorsement. Here's how we accomplish that goal:
We work on your application to demonstrate two things:
Contribution
You have contributed to the tech industry by being a founder, manager, or employee in a tech company. You have created significant impact on technical or business side of things.
Recognition
People seek your knowledge and expertise. Other industry leaders and experts recognise you as a leader or emerging leader in the tech sector.
The contribution
While working on your case we will have to demonstrate that you have made meaningful contribution in digital technology sector over the last 5 years. This could be technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions, which you have made as a founder, senior executive, board member or employee of a product-led digital technology company. Alternatively, this could be academic contribution to the body of knowledge through scientific publication or another academic work endorsed by an expert.
Impact
In your application we will demonstrate what greater results your work helped to achieve for the whole organisation, clients, and possible other stakeholders. Impact could be an improvement in technology or business, measured either in technical or monetary terms.
Innovation
We can demonstrate Innovation by providing evidence of any genuine and significant product-led digital technology businesses you have established as a founder or senior executive which is currently active or has been dissolved in the last five years.

If you are an employee working in a new digital field or concept, this must be clearly demonstrated, for example by providing a patent application.

Please note that papers or patent applications which have been made solely to support the application are unacceptable.
Leadership / Leadership Potential
We will have to demonstrate that you are either already a leader or have leadership potential in tech sector.

Tech Nation recognises a broad range of leadership experiences. You could lead a technical or business initiative, you could be responsible for a team, you could be working on a project besides your daily job.
The recognition
We will also have to demonstrate that you are recognised as a leader or potential leader in digital technology sector. Such recognition should be granted by other recognised leaders or experts and it could be national or international. Types of evidence that confirm such recognition could include: letters of reference from senior colleagues or partners, public speaking at conferences or other professional events, media publications or awards. We will help you to collect the required set of evidence and pack it into a coherent and powerful story!
Letters of reference
The Tech Nation requires at least 3 Letters of Reference, which must satisfy certain criteria.

- Letters of Reference should be provided by leading industry experts, senior global executives or partners/customers familiar with your work and your contribution. Reference Letters provided by an immediate colleague, manager, or friend are not sufficient.

- Letters of Reference must be unique and authentic. Use of templates is not acceptable and may weaken your application or even raise concerns regarding the validity of your application.

- Letters of Reference alone are not sufficient and should be supported by other evidence.
Public speaking
Public appearances at conferences or other similar events would be a benefit. Such evidence demonstrates that other industry experts, conference organisers, and attendees recognise you as a leader in your field.

We recommend our clients always take a chance to speak at such events.
Media appearances
We recommend to collect and include all the media publications mentioning you. Evidence of media recognition should include details about the publication, such as target audience, number of readers, etc.

Please note, that LinkedIn or Medium publications are not considered sufficient by Tech Nation.

There is also an opportunity to additionally strengthen the profile by writing and publishing several articles at known media.
Awards
Award could be also one of the ways to demonstrate recognition. For example, this could be nationally or internationally recognised prizes or awards for excellence in the digital technology sector.

This could be evidenced by the award itself, reference letters, or news clippings or other similar evidence. Awards could have both business and academic. Awards must be merit-based and not solely monetary (e.g. grants or scholarships). It is important to include selection criteria for the award and other quantitative information.

Internal company awards, training or certificates might be not sufficient.

Endoresment & Visa stage

For the Endorsement stage — we will work with you on your application structuring your profile and collecting evidence to tackle Tech Nation's mandatory and optional criteria.
This Visa stage does not require so much prep, it requires only your passport, the endorsement letter and a tuberculosis tests.

Success stories

Elizabeth T.
Tech specialist
Great opportunity for everyone who want to grow professionally! My story started a few years ago when I realised that I can’t find the work in my city which help me to improve myself. I started learn English and planned my migration to the UK. I really happy that I have started as a client of this program, It changed my life. If you want to migrate as a tech specialist - don’t be worry, everyone in this team is a professional!
Elizabeth T.
Tech specialist
Great opportunity for everyone who want to grow professionally! My story started a few years ago when I realised that I can’t find the work in my city which help me to improve myself. I started learn English and planned my migration to the UK. I really happy that I have started as a client of this program, It changed my life. If you want to migrate as a tech specialist - don’t be worry, everyone in this team is a professional!
Elizabeth T.
Tech specialist
Great opportunity for everyone who want to grow professionally! My story started a few years ago when I realised that I can’t find the work in my city which help me to improve myself. I started learn English and planned my migration to the UK. I really happy that I have started as a client of this program, It changed my life. If you want to migrate as a tech specialist - don’t be worry, everyone in this team is a professional!
Elizabeth T.
Tech specialist
Great opportunity for everyone who want to grow professionally! My story started a few years ago when I realised that I can’t find the work in my city which help me to improve myself. I started learn English and planned my migration to the UK. I really happy that I have started as a client of this program, It changed my life. If you want to migrate as a tech specialist - don’t be worry, everyone in this team is a professional!
Elizabeth T.
Tech specialist
Great opportunity for everyone who want to grow professionally! My story started a few years ago when I realised that I can’t find the work in my city which help me to improve myself. I started learn English and planned my migration to the UK. I really happy that I have started as a client of this program, It changed my life. If you want to migrate as a tech specialist - don’t be worry, everyone in this team is a professional!
Alex M.
Senior Software Engineer
Kosmo made it super easy to apply for the Global Talent Visa! After the initial discovery call, I already knew that I have partnered with the right people to work on my application. The team organised and drove the whole process, I just gave my inputs, often in a very random, disorganised way (sorry guys). But they turned it into powerfully written documents. Well done! Definitely recommend the team to anyone who considers applying for a Global Talent.
Anna P.
Chief Product Officer
I initially tried to work on my application on my own and it was a nightmare. Then I discovered Kosmo, and these guys delivered! They were extremely helpful in guiding me through the whole process, answered all my questions and concerns, and turned my ramblings into powerful application documents. I only wish I started with them from the  beginning – this would save me a ton of time! The application process is not easy and it's nice to have someone with experience on your side when applying.
Gregory S.
Startup Co-founder
Excellent service. Great professional team. Quickly understood my profile and dug deep to extract additional details on both the technical and business sides. It was a  pleasure working with a team that actually understands the world of IT. They convinced me that certain boring details were important and must be included in the application – something that I would have not done on my own and probably would have got rejected! But Team Kosmo did a truly cosmic job with polishing my application and I got approved! See you somewhere in London :)
Pavel B.
Senior ML Engineer
I have strong academic background and some initial experience working in R&D department of a large international consumer electronics brand. I was worried that despite some innovation track record I might have not enough business impact and not enough recognition. So, initially I reached our to Kosmo for advice on how to better prepare for application over the coming 2-3 years. However, after initial call they concluded that I could be great fit for Promise route and encouraged me to apply now! If I rejected now, nothing stops from applying again in a couple of years. So we decided to apply and I got endorsed. Thank you Kosmo for saving me years!!!
Diana M.
Venture Capital Professional
I am a former investment banked turned venture capital professional. Having worked in several geographies including the UK, I understood that I would like to permanently settle in the UK and the Global Talent Visa was my top priority route. Our first application was rejected and I was determined to start the plan B, however Kosmo team ensured me to wait – they said that this is not the end, and there is good chance to win an appeal. This is exactly what happened! They prepared a massive appeal document and the decision was revised! Thank you Kosmo!

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