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UK Outlines New Fast Track Visa Route for Researchers after Brexit

The UK government has announced that it will introduce a fast-track Global Talent Visa scheme on the 20th of February to attract the World’s leading scientists, researchers and experienced mathematicians with no restriction on the maximum that can apply. The Global Talent Scheme is run by the UK Research and Innovation rather than the Home Office whose objective is to replace the previously available tier-one Exceptional Talent visa for the interested applicants.

Noticeably, this visa scheme will be launched on the 20th of February, just weeks after the UK leaves the EU. The demand for such type of visa scheme is likely to be much higher than before as European Union scientists and researchers are expected to require visas to work in the UK after freedom of movement ends.

According to the ministers, this upcoming visa scheme would double the number of qualified fellowships that allow applicants to be facilitated, would need people to have a job offer before submitting an application, and would not bound them to stick to just one particular job. In addition to that, it will also provide applicants an ‘accelerated path’ towards a settled status especially to those who’re endorsed on the way and will also provide relaxation when they’re needed to go abroad for employment purposes.

Boris Johnson said, “The UK has a proud history of scientific discovery, but to lead the field and face the challenges of the future we need to continue to invest in talent and cutting-edge research.”


According to him, as the UK departed the EU, “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”.

Apart from the Global Talent Visa announcement, the ministers also said that United Kingdom Research and Innovation would further make the process for applying for research grants easier and more accessible. Moreover, UKRI will also eradicate the unneeded sections of grant applications needing scientists and other competent researchers to predict the influence and overall impact of their work.

The Prime Minister also announced a £300 million package to fund research into the field of advanced mathematics. Also, £60 million will be made available every year, doubling the funding for fresh Ph.D.’s and increase the number of Math fellowships and research projects.

The government tacitly addressing issues about the effects of Brexit on the country’s overall participation in foreign programs also claim that this route has been launched in order to allow UK-based research and development projects to hire some of the best researchers and mathematicians. The Global Talent Visa is certainly a big achievement for research organisations who had been requesting the officials for a fast-track visa system so that the competent researchers and scientists would be able to contribute after the Brexit.

These organisations are particularly pleased that the UK Research and Innovation, with the help of other organisations can be a witness for an applicant instead of immigration officers trying to figure out their scientific achievements.

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