Skilled Visa UK

UK Talent Visa

Get a Talent Visa to journey to or reside in the UK for a job with a certified company, valid for up to 5 years before a renewal is needed. You can renew it multiple times if you keep meeting the requirements.

When applying for a Talent Visa, the UK’s point system helps the Home Office decide on your application.

After living in the UK for at least 5 years with this visa, you might qualify to settle there permanently, also known as ‘endless stay permission.’ With this status, you can access more public services and live in the UK indefinitely.


UK Talent Visa Requirements

To qualify for the UK Talent Visa, you must:

  • Have a job offer for a position listed on the UK’s In-Demand Jobs List.
  • Work for a UK employer approved by the Home Office (known as ‘sponsors’) and have a ‘sponsorship certificate’ for your job.
  • Prove your English skills are at least B1 level on the CEFR scale, unless you’re from certain English-speaking countries or territories.

You also need to meet salary standards. You should:

  • Earn at least £26,200 annually, £10.75 per hour, or the standard rate for your job, whichever is more (these amounts can change).

You may be allowed a lower salary (70 to 90% of the standard rate, but not less than £20,960) if:

  • You’re in a high-demand skilled job.
  • You’re under 26, a student, a recent graduate with at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • You’re in professional training for a UK-recognized qualification, or working towards full registration or chartered status in your sponsored job.
  • You have a PhD relevant to your job.
  • You hold a postdoctoral position in science or higher education.


UK Visa Points Game

Your visa application gets scored by the UK’s point system. You need at least 70 points to pass.

You’ll bag 50 points if you nail the three must-haves. Score the last 20 points by earning at least £26,900 yearly, working in a job that’s in high demand, or having a PhD in a science, tech, engineering, or math field linked to your job. Another way? Earn less than £26,900 but have a PhD in a different field that fits your job.

If you can’t rack up enough points for a Talent Visa, don’t sweat it! You might still get a UK work visa through another path, like the Health and Care Worker Visa.

UK Talent Visa Step-by-Step

How you apply for the UK Talent Visa changes based on your situation. Whether you’re applying from outside the UK, renewing from within, or switching from another visa, the process is tailored to you. It might take up to 8 weeks, and you can start applying 3 months before your job in the UK begins.

Changing your job or employer? You’ll need to reapply to update your visa.

Got family who want to come along? They can apply as your ‘dependants’ if they’re eligible.


UK Talent Visa Paperwork Checklist

When applying for the UK Talent Visa, make sure you have:

  • Your ‘sponsorship certificate’ reference number.
  • English test results (if needed).
  • A valid ID to show who you are and where you’re from.
  • Details of your job, like the title, occupation code, and yearly pay.
  • Your employer’s name and their sponsor licence number.
  • Proof you’ve got enough money saved up (unless your employer says they’ll support you in your ‘sponsorship certificate’).
  • Documents showing your relationship with any family members applying with you.
  • A criminal record check (for jobs in fields like teaching, healthcare, therapy, or social services).
  • Certificates from countries you’ve lived in before (the exact papers depend on how old you are and how long you stayed there).


UK Visa English Test Rules

To get your UK Talent Visa, you usually need to show your English skills. This means being able to read, write, speak, and understand English at B1 level (that’s a mid-range level) on the CEFR scale. If you’ve already proved this for another successful UK visa, no need to do it again!

But, you can skip this test if:

  • You’re a doctor, nurse, midwife, or vet and passed an English test for your professional body.
  • You’re from one of these countries:
    • Antigua and Barbuda
    • Australia
    • The Bahamas
    • Barbados
    • Belize
    • British Overseas Territories
    • Canada
    • Dominica
    • Grenada
    • Guyana
    • Jamaica
    • Malta
    • New Zealand
    • St Kitts and Nevis
    • St Lucia
    • St Vincent and the Grenadines
    • Trinidad and Tobago
    • USA


UK Talent Visa Costs

When applying for your UK Talent Visa (and for any family joining you), here’s what you’ll need to budget for:

  • The application fee, ranges from £719 to £1,500, depending on your situation.
  • The healthcare surcharge for each year you plan to stay.
  • Proof of enough savings to support yourself in the UK. Usually, this means having at least £1,270 available for 28 consecutive days within 31 days before applying. This isn’t needed if your employer is covering your first month’s costs in the UK or if you’ve had a valid UK visa for a year already.

Not sure how to apply or if this visa is the right fit for you? Consider talking to a qualified migration agent for advice.