The “Global Talent” route has been much publicised by the Government in recent weeks and has replaced the previous “Exceptional Talent Route”.

It is aimed at “talented and promising individuals” in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, humanities, digital technology and arts and culture (including TV, fashion design and architecture) who want to work in the UK.  Applicants must be “leaders in their field” or show that they have “potential to be leaders” and must obtain an endorsement from a Home Office approved endorsing body before applying for a visa or for leave to remain in the UK.

People who already hold leave under the previous “Exceptional Talent Route” and who wish to extend their leave must do so under the new “Global Talent Route”.

People who hold leave under the “Exceptional Talent Route” who are eligible to settle must still do so under the “Exceptional Talent Route”.

Those endorsed under the “Exceptional Talent” criteria of the new route may be eligible to settle after just 3 years though their partners will still need to live here for 5 years to be eligible.