The new, much simplified visa procedure for scientists and researchers is to replace the previous Tier 1 Scheme, under which applicants from abroad were required to provide a job offer before applying for a British entrance visa. The new initiative comes after Home Secretary Priti Patel called for less reliance on “cheap labour from the EU”.
As the Brexit deadline approaches, with concerns raised about immigration and labour market exchanges, Whitehall has announced the launch of a so-called “global talent visa”. It will be introduced on 20 February to encourage scientists, researchers, and primarily mathematicians to come to the UK, with no limit on the overall number of people to be accepted.
Boris Johnson said he was earmarking a £300-million package for research into advanced mathematics, which includes double funding for new PhDs and a significant rise in the number of math fellowships and research scholarships.
“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”, Johnson stated.
The initiative implies that applicants will not need a job offer before arriving in the UK under the visa, thereby opening a much quicker path to Britain for all scientists and researchers.