Global talent visa for overseas arts and culture highly-skilled professionals

Apply for global talent visa for overseas arts

You must be at least 18 years old to fulfil the application’s general requirements for a Global talent visa for overseas arts and culture highly-skilled professionals.

The Global Talent visa route is open to talented and promising individuals in arts and culture wishing to work in the UK.  Applicants will be leaders in their field or can be leaders, as determined by Arts Council England.

You can only apply for this kind of visa once you have successfully applied for an endorsement to prove that you are a leader or potential leader.

Professions eligible for Global talent visa

Arts Council England is designated as an endorsing body by the Home Office to assess applications for endorsement from people who work in arts and culture. By ‘arts and culture’, we mean the following areas:

  • Combined Arts
  • Dance
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts – including those working in an artistic context in galleries and museums (not including museums focused work)

Those who work in the film, television, animation, post-production and visual effects industries can also apply for Exceptional Talent (Global talent visa). The Producers’ Alliance for Film and Television (PACT) assess these applications on our behalf. However, you cannot apply for Exceptional Promise if you work in these fields.

You can apply for either Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise if you work as a fashion designer or architect. Moreover, the British Fashion Council (BFC) assess applications from fashion designers. Also, applications from architects are assessed by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on our behalf.


An applicant must meet at least two of the below three criteria to obtain Global talent visa:

  1. Media recognition
  2. Awards
  3. Performances, publications or exhibitions

For a Global talent visa, you must have been regularly engaged as a professional practitioner in your field within the last 5 years and be able to show a substantial track record in more than one country (if applying under Exceptional Talent criteria) or a developing track record in one or more countries (if applying under Exceptional Promise criteria).

Arts Council England will consider up to 10 documents related to media recognition, an award nomination, appearance, performance, or other events that occurred in the 5 years before the date of application.

Contact us

To discuss your Global Talent visa application with our immigration lawyers, contact us on 02032 907304.


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