On Monday, the UK government had announced that it will be soon introducing a new fast-track visa scheme to attract world’s top researchers, mathematicians and scientists. Applicants from the scientific and research community across the world will be endorsed by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which works together with the government to ensure that the UK remains a globally leading environment for research and innovation.
The already existing Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) route will be replaced by the new Global Talent Route (GTR) which will be officially opened on February 20. Earlier, Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) applications were limited to 2,000 per year – the limit was never reached – but now there will be no limit on the number of the people who come to the UK. Also, now the applicants will not be required to have a job offer before arriving in the UK.
The brand new fast-track scheme will benefit higher education institutions and research institutes by recruiting top global talents. The UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport said that this will further underline the importance of research and innovation to future success of the UK and the government’s continued commitment and investment.
Last year, the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had pledged to transform the country into a “supercharged magnet to attract scientists like iron filings.”