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UK Global Talent Visa for a Brazilian Dancer

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Dancing has been my life since I can remember myself. I have always enjoyed it. And now, I am lucky to practise it as a profession. I got a glimpse of life in London during one of the competitions I took part in and started dreaming of relocating to the UK for good. I found some information about a UK Global Talent visa online and started preparing documents to apply for it. But then I got worried that I could make a mistake and get a refusal. That brought me to Imperial & Legal.

Antonio Alves, 24 years old
A dancer from Brazil
Clients’ names and photos have been changed

The United Kingdom welcomes people from various parts of the world and different from different walks of life. Anyone who demonstrates talent in a particular field can come to the UK on a UK Global Talent visa to realise their potential. 

Our client from Brazil decided to use this immigration route. At first, he wanted to collect all the documents and apply for a UK Global Talent visa without any help, but he was not sure he would be able to fill in an application form correctly. Therefore, he came to Imperial & Legal for professional assistance.

Our Client

Antonio Alves is from Brazil. He is 24 years old and has been dancing since childhood. A hobby became a career. Even though he had no professional choreographic training, he was one of the best dancers in his dance team.

At the age of 15, he started attending hip-hop competitions. His team often won, and gradually they began to perform internationally: not only in the USA but also in Europe. Antonio fell in love with London and thought that it would be the best place for him to develop his talent. 

Antonio learnt about a UK Global Talent visa and started collecting the required documents to apply for it. He did not understand the visa requirements fully and feared that he could make a mistake and get a refusal. That’s why he contacted Imperial & Legal.

The Challenge

To review what Antonio had already prepared, check the application for mistakes, add missing documents, and submit an application for a UK Global Talent visa.

The Solution

To get a UK Global Talent visa, you do not need a proficient knowledge of English or sponsorship from a British company. You can work at your own pace, study, and take a break when needed. The only mandatory requirement is to work in the field for which the visa was issued; otherwise, it could be cancelled. A UK Global Talent visa is valid for five years and can be extended. After five years in the UK, you will be able to apply for an Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), or settlement.

A UK Global Talent visa has two subcategories: 

  • Exceptional Talent — for industry leaders who already have some relevant achievements in the field; 
  • Exceptional Promise — for young, prospective specialists who do not have a lot of experience. 

Applicants for the Exceptional Promise subcategory do not need any significant awards or achievements. The only thing they need to prove is that they have worked in the chosen field for at least five years. The amount of evidence that must be provided to an endorsing body is less. Single media coverage in one country is enough. It is possible to apply for a UK Global Talent visa as a member of a team. In this case, a letter from a team leader is mandatory. Unlike the Exceptional Talent subcategory where only awards count, a promising specialist can rely on nominations and shortlists as evidence of their talent.

The Exceptional Promise subcategory was perfect for Antonio because he was just at the beginning of his career. Thanks to his great potential, he was an ideal candidate for a UK Global Talent visa.

Imperial & Legal’s advisors made a short video with Antonio’s performances in different countries, selected some of his mentions in the media, and included an award that he had received for one of his best performances. Our experts assisted Antonio in drafting a personal statement where the young man explained why he wanted to relocate to the UK and how it might help him become a better dancer. It was also mentioned that Antonio planned to set up his own studio of Latin dances in the UK.

Imperial & Legal prepared an application for Antonio that was submitted to the Arts Council England, an endorsing body for all applicants in the field of arts, including dancing.

Antonio gets his UK Global Talent visa in four months

10 June
Contact is made with Imperial & Legal
+2 months
Documents for the endorsing body are prepared and agreed upon
+1 day
Application is sent to the endorsing body
+3 weeks
An endorsement letter is received
+1 day
Documents for a UK Global Talent visa are submitted together with an endorsement letter
+1 week
Biometrics are submitted
8 October
Antonio gets his UK Global Talent visa

The Conclusion

Imperial & Legal’s advisors had to finalise the application process that Antonio Alves had started himself. Therefore, it took longer, and the client had to wait for his visa a little bit longer than normal, but he finally got his UK Global Talent visa.

A year later, Antonio invited us to his hip-hop dance battle and our team happily went and supported our talented client.

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