In the wake of commitment to research and innovation, the UK immigration department has decided to launch a new visa scheme which would provide fast-track unlimited visa offers to exceptional talent in research and science fields.
According to the details, the “Global Talent” route will replace the Exceptional Talent Visa Scheme currently in place and there would be no cap on the number of people coming to the UK under this category.
UK Border Agency Said, “A new, fast-track visa scheme to attract the world’s top scientists, researchers and mathematicians will open on 20 February. This follows a commitment by the Prime Minister last summer to put science, research, and innovation on the top of the government’s agenda.”
The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) will join the Royal Society, British Academy and the Royal Academy of Engineering as a combined scientific body to work on the route. The combined body will be responsible for approving scientists and researchers applying for the Fast-Track Visa scheme.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson talking about the Fast-Track Visa Scheme 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. That is why 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 reforms will bring a total of £300m investment to fund mathematical science research out of which £60m would be available each year, it will be used to double the funding for new PhDs and increase the number of mathematics fellowships and research projects. The changes to the immigration rules will be made on January 30, 2020, a day before Brexit and the visa scheme will come into effect on February 20.