Oscar winners, Nobel laureates and foreign British-awarded musicians are among the foreign nationals who will be fast-tracked to obtain British visas under a change in immigration rules announced by the Department of Justice. ‘Interior.
The list of qualifying awards is extremely prestigious, which means that anyone using the new system would almost certainly have been successful in obtaining a visa through the existing ‘global talent’ route, introduced in 2020. For scientists, it covers Nobel Prizes. in physics, chemistry or medicine, and the International Fyssen Prize, while for mathematics, only the Fields Medal is listed. People in computer science, engineering, and social science have a handful of qualifying gongs.
Literature seems potentially the most difficult route, with only the Nobel Prize accepted – not even the Booker. There are routes for visual arts, fashion, architecture and dance.
For cinema, television and theater, only certain categories are deemed worthy of the fast lane. For example, the only Oscars eligible are to play in a leading – not secondary – cinematic, directing or writing role, with the list not covering any technical category. Likewise, winners of the Tony Award for Best Choreography are eligible; those for the best scenography are not.
For music, possible routes include a prize for the best international male or female in the British, the best international act at the Mobo Awards or a Grammy for the work of a lifetime.
In another initiative intended in part to mark the UK’s continued evolution towards a post-Brexit immigration system, the Home Office unveiled a new work visa system for young Indian nationals, based on an existing scheme for Australians, Canadians and others.
The Arts and Sciences program is a streamlining of the global talent visa route, which enables leading figures in fields such as science, engineering and mathematics, as well as the arts and academia , live and work in the UK for periods of five years. Under this program, applicants must be approved by one of six professional bodies, including the Arts Council and the Royal Academy.
The new fast-track method would allow a designated set of award winners to apply directly. The Home Office said it had worked with the six bodies to compile the list, which would be constantly reviewed.
The announcement seems unlikely to allay the broader concerns of many in the theater and music industries over the post-Brexit bureaucracy for the creative industries, which has made working in the EU much more difficult.
In a separate immigration announcement, linked to a wider series of ties to India sealed by a virtual meeting on Tuesday between Boris Johnson and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, young nationals of the two countries will have the reciprocal right to live and to work in each other country for up to two years.
Aimed at people between the ages of 18 and 30, the initiative will be based on the existing Youth Mobility Program, which enables young people from nine countries and territories, including Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan and Hong Kong, to live and work in the UK. up to two years.
The immigration deal also aims to strengthen deportation measures for Indian nationals who are not allowed to stay in the UK, and the same goes for the British in India.