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UK announces new fast-track visa for STEM talent



The UK government has announced its plans to create a new fast-track visa to entice the world’s top science, technology and engineering talent to migrate to the UK in an attempt to “cement the UK as a science superpower”.
UK announces new fast-track visa for STEM talent
Newly appointed Prime Minister Boris Johnson has instructed the Home Office and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to work with the scientific community to develop a new fast-track visa route for the brightest and best, with a view to launching it later this year.

Options which are being discussed to attract the best STEM talent to the UK include:

  • Abolishing the cap on numbers under the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas.

  • Expanding the pool of UK research institutes and universities able to endorse candidates.

  • Creating criteria that confer automatic endorsement, subject to immigration checks.

  • Ensuring dependents have full access to the labour market.

  • Removing the need to hold an offer of employment before arriving.

  • Accelerated path to settlement.

  • The UK government has also stated that it will be providing additional funding for scientists and researchers who have sought EU funding before the UK leaves the EU, including schemes delivered by the European Research Council.

    Commenting on the plans for the new fast-track visa, Boris Johnson said:

    “Britain has a proud history of innovation, with home-grown inventions spanning from the humble bicycle to the lightbulb. We were home to the world’s first national DNA database, we discovered graphene, and our cutting-edge scientists should be proud to follow in the footsteps of titans like Ada Lovelace and Nobel Laureates Francis Crick and Peter Higgs.”

    “But to ensure we continue to lead the way in the advancement of knowledge, we have to not only support that talent that we already have here, but also ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds from around the world.”

    The plans have been welcomed by many industry bodies including the Royal Academy of Engineering which said:

    “Engineering companies in the UK, from large corporates to small innovative start-ups, recruit from a global talent pool. They play a crucial role in ensuring that, through innovation, we can realise the value from our research base. To ensure these companies can continue to flourish, our immigration system also needs to embrace innovators. A fast-track immigration system for talented researchers and technicians will set the UK on the right track to maintain the UK’s position as a science and engineering superpower, home of innovations from the CT scanner to the Raspberry Pi, and reassure the world that the UK remains an open and welcoming country.”

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    Recent Comments
    Want to partake in this
    Michael Arogundade, 12 August 2019
    I am 20 years experienced Planning and Cost Engineer and would be glad to apply for the vacancies available in UK.
    Gulshat, 14 August 2019
    Certainly positive news. Hopefully it will translate into fairer job selection criteria based on merit and not nationality.
    Arsham Avijegon, 15 August 2019
    I am 22 years experienced Community health worker and would be glad to apply for any opportunity available in UK. I am result oriented and a goal getter.
    Danbaba Muhammed, 16 August 2019
    I'm 20 yrs old. A computer engineer( hardware) I wish to apply for the global talent visa (STEM).
    Adedeji Kehinde yomi, 19 August 2019
    Great news indeed. I am Mechanical Engineer with 17 years of experience in maintenance of large combined cycle power plants. Currently, working as Maintenance Manager/ Head of Maintenance at Pakistan with General Electric (GE). Thank you.
    Muhammad Ayub Akhtar, 21 August 2019
    Can I tell me if Clinical Psychology is considered under STEM
    Neelesh, 04 September 2019
    But from when can we apply for this visa?
    Ram, 14 September 2019
    I want to partake in this programme. How best can i go about the application process?
    Leasben Maupa, 26 September 2019
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