Following today's announcement [Monday 27 January] from the Prime Minister, launching a new fast-track visa route which will help to attract the best scientific researchers, Professor Sir Robert Lechler PMedSci, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:
“I am delighted to hear the Prime Minister deliver on last year’s commitment to create a fast-track visa for scientists. The confirmation of a new Global Talent Visa which will streamline the route for highly skilled researchers and their families into the UK is a welcome step towards ensuring that our home-grown biomedical sciences workforce can recruit and collaborate with worldwide talent to enable discovery and innovation.
“The Global Talent Visa will allow research and technical staff from around the world to come and work in the UK and, crucially, enable UK-based researchers to recruit international team members from across the world. Promising clinical and biomedical researchers from outside the UK will be able to develop their careers here, and future security is provided for those wishing to stay by giving them a route to permanent settlement after three years.
“These important changes to our immigration rules provide a clear signal to the rest of the world that the UK is open and welcoming to international researchers. Science is a global endeavour and the UK’s excellence in research is underpinned by specialists from all across the globe. We look forward to continuing to work with Government so that the immigration system can evolve to suit the needs of the biomedical and health research community, attracting talented researchers who want to work in the NHS and our life sciences industries, as well as our universities.”
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