British Home Secretary Priti Patel, a member of the Conservative Party, has announced that international winners of “prestigious awards” will be put on the fast track for the right to live and work in the UK. Eligible awards include not only Nobel prizes but also various prizes in the fields of dance, fashion, architecture, and the social sciences. According to the Home Office website, winning any of the following prizes gets you a visa:
- Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; Fields Medal; Turing Award
- Music: Brit Award – International Male/Female; Mobo – Best International Act; Grammys – Lifetime Achievement Award
- Film, TV and theatre: Various Academy Award and Golden Globe categories; Bafta – Best Film Actress/Actor/Director; various Tony Awards and Olivier Awards
- Arts & literature: Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; Hugo Boss Prize.
Patel said in regard to this “Global Talent” path to legal residency:
The new Winners of these awards have reached the pinnacle of their career and they have so much to offer the UK. These important changes will give them the freedom to come and work in our world leading arts, sciences, music, and film industries as we build back better.
For more, see the Home Office website.