Global Talent: endorsement criteria
Produced in partnership with Helen Smith of Helen Smith Immigration
Global Talent: endorsement criteria

The following Immigration guidance note Produced in partnership with Helen Smith of Helen Smith Immigration provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Global Talent: endorsement criteria
  • Overview
  • Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise
  • Endorsing bodies: how to apply
  • General evidential requirements for endorsement
  • Endorsement criteria: Tech Nation
  • Endorsement criteria: science, engineering, humanities and medicine
  • Endorsement criteria: Arts Council England
  • Review mechanism
  • Common issues with endorsement applications


The Global Talent category is designed to attract leaders in their field in certain disciplines, or those who have the potential to become leaders. These disciplines cover:

  1. arts and culture (including architecture and fashion design)

  2. digital technology, and

  3. science, engineering, humanities and medicine

The category was introduced into the Immigration Rules, Appendix W on 20 February 2020, by Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules HC 56. It largely replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route, which was closed to new applicants and those extending their stay from 20 February 2020. Persons with leave as a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) migrant can remain on the same route and apply for indefinite leave to remain in due course (with no specified deadline). Those looking to extend their leave must switch to the Global Talent category before the expiry of their existing leave. Those in possession of a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) endorsement issued before 20 February 2020 can rely on that endorsement but must apply under the Global Talent route within three months from the date of the endorsement.

For further information on the background to, and benefits of, the route, see: Global Talent—overview.

This Practice Note looks at Stage 1 of the application process for initial applications for entry clearance or leave to remain in the category, ie the application for endorsement