Important Visa Updates

for Applicants and Alumni

Tech Nation ceasing operations

Tech Nation has announced that it is in discussions to transfer its assets to Founders Forum Group.

However, until further notice, Tech Nation will continue to accept new Global Talent endorsement applications. Therefore applicants should consider the route to be open as normal and should continue to apply.

All previous endorsements issued by Tech Nation remain valid. Note that all endorsements are normally valid for 3 months, during which time you must apply for the Global Talent visa. Failure to do so will require you to apply for endorsement again.

If you already hold a Global Talent Visa based on Tech Nation endorsement, your status is unaffected and your visa remains valid.

The Global Talent Visa will continue to offer a Digital Technology pathway, more information regarding the new endorsing body will be provided when available.

This notice will be updated regarding any changes or when more information is available.

Update on the invasion of Ukraine

Last updated: 27th September 2022

In the wake of the unprecedented attacks on Ukraine, Tech Nation’s Visa team is is supporting efforts in the following ways:

  • We are prioritising endorsement applications from ANY nationality currently in Ukraine who is able/wishes to leave, as well as Ukrainians that have already fled and are in neighbouring countries.
  • We are secondarily prioritising the applications of Russian and Belarusian employees, working for UK tech companies who cannot be paid due to SWIFT sanctions.
  • Nonprofit ‘Techfugees’, which is coordinating a response to the invasion by the tech sector has created, which connects Ukrainian refugees to a digital hub of global job opportunities. Our Global Talent Visa alumni have added their contact information directly to the site to fast-track support for those affected.

The Global Talent Visa has a two stage application process:

  • Stage 1: Application for endorsement by Tech Nation (£456), which is being prioritised by Tech Nation – this can take 5 to 8 weeks
  • Stage 2: Application for the Visa itself via the UK Government (£167) – this can take up to 3 weeks

Please note that whilst Tech Nation is responding urgently to Stage 1 Endorsement Application, we have no influence over the Home Office process or Stage 2 Visa Application, as such we recommend that all applicants still consider the official timeframes for the Global Talent route.

Our Visa alumni ambassadors are on hand to support you with your application queries and to help you understand what is required. Please note as of March 15th, there have been no concessions to the Global Talent Visa criteria, so please refer to the following resources:

  • Our Visa Guide, which clearly identifies our criteria
  • Our Eligibility Checker, which will let you know if you’re likely to be endorsed before you spend any time on your application’

If you’re an employer managing remote teams across Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, our legal partners Fragomen have put together a series of resources to support you here.

If you are exiting Ukraine, immigration considerations specifically for the UK can be found here.