The United Kingdom government has announced it would open the new Global Talent visa route on February 20, through which it attempts to lure the world’s brightest scientists, researchers, and mathematicians.
The new route, which will replace the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route, will have no cap on the number of beneficiaries. Applications will be fast-tracked, and the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will endorse applicants from the scientific and research community, for the first time ever.
According to the British Primer Boris Johnson, the UK has a proud history of scientific discovery, but investment in talent and cutting-edge research are necessary to lead in the field and to face challenges.
“That is why as we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality,” Prime Minister Johnson said.
After Boris Johnson became the successor of Theresa May, as both the Leader of the Conservative Party and more importantly UK’s Primer, he promised that the UK immigration rules would be reviewed in order to make sure the world’s brightest to settle in the UK. Among others, he announced the rules would change in order to encourage the world’s top scientists to move to the UK.
Home Secretary Priti Patel also said that the UK is a world leader in science, and to keep it at the forefront of innovation, the government was introducing the new Global Talent Route.
“To keep the UK at the forefront of innovation, we are taking decisive action to maximize the number of individuals using the Global Talent route including world-class scientists and top researchers who can benefit from fast-tracked entry into the UK,” Patel asserted.
The new Global Route will provide a brand new fast-track scheme that will enable UK-based research projects that have received recognized prestigious grants and awards to recruit top global talent, benefiting higher education institutions, research institutes, and eligible public sector research establishments.
In December last year, the UK decided to double the number of eligible fellowships that can offer accelerated processing for scientist visas for foreigners wishing to conduct research in the UK.
The organizations added to the list of eligible fellowships include such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Human Frontier Science, European Research Council, and the European Molecular Biology Organization.
The UK has also allocated an amount of up to £300 million to fund experimental and imaginative mathematical sciences research by the very best global talent over the next five years.
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