Applicants will be granted “fast-tracked entry” to the U.K. under a new visa scheme launched to attract scientists, researchers and mathematicians after Brexit, the British government announced Sunday.
The so-called Global Talent scheme will replace the Tier 1 visa program for “exceptional talents” and is set to go live on February 20. It will not have a cap on the number of applicants allowed in and will enable recognized U.K.-based research projects to recruit talent from abroad without hurdles, the government said in an emailed statement.
“The U.K. 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,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson in the statement. “That is why as we leave the EU I want to send a message that the U.K. is open to the most talented minds in the world, and stand ready to support them to turn their ideas into reality.”