The United Kingdom has 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 number will go up from 62 to over 120 a press release issued by the UK Home Office announces.
According to this press release, foreign scientists who receive these fellowships will need to provide a letter issued by the relevant funding organization, in addition to the regular application procedures, so that the Home Office/UKVI will process it in a fast-tracking process.
Home Secretary, Priti Patel believes that the move will boost the number of top scientists and researchers in the UK.
“We want to make sure the UK continues to be at the forefront of innovation, so we need an immigration system that attracts the sharpest minds from around the globe. As part of this ambitious plan, we are taking decisive action to boost the number of top scientists and elite researchers who can benefit from fast-tracked entry into the UK,” she says asserting that the UK is already a world leader in science which has undertaken exciting and innovative research.
Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom backs Secretary Patel in her assertation, pointing out that the UK wants to lure global science superpower, and this is the way.
“We want the UK to be a global science superpower, and continuing to attract the world’s top scientists and researchers to join us in the race to solve the great challenges of the future – from clean energy and advanced storage to solving,” Leadsom says.
The organizations added to the list of eligible fellowships that can offer accelerated endorsement for visas include world-renowned research fellowships such as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, Human Frontier Science, European Research Council, and the European Molecular Biology Organization.
“UKRI Science, Research and Academia” scheme has been added to the Tier 5 visa route during the time Theresa May was the UK Prime Minister, in August 2018. The scheme is operated by the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI).
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.
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