UK Introduces ‘Global Talent’ Visa to Attract World’s Best Scientists and Researchers
1 February 2020
After announcing a new type of visa for doctors and medical professionals from other countries, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now introduced a fast-track visa for attracting the world’s best scientists to the UK.
This is intended for scientists, mathematicians and researchers from countries such as India, in the hopes of making the UK a global science “superpower.”
The visa, known as the ‘Global Talent’ visa, will be open from 20th February 2020. It will replace the existing Tier 1 'Exceptional Talent' visa and there won’t be any cap on the number of people who can come to the UK under it. Eligible applicants will not be required to have a guarantee of employment before arriving in the UK.
Johnson says this will build on the UK's "proud history of scientific discovery". He paired this announcement with promising 300 million pounds ($392 million) for research in advanced mathematics. The money will help fund researchers and Ph.D. students, whose work in math will strengthen numerous developments such as safer air travel, smartphone technology and artificial intelligence.
The move comes days before Britain prepares to leave the European Union. Johnson said in a statement “As we leave the EU, I want to send a message that the UK is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”
The Global Talent Visa route is going to prove beneficial to Indian scientists, mathematicians and researchers who will now have a better chance to work or settle in the UK.
Source: Economic Times and New York Times