New UK visa scheme for overseas researchers due to be launched

04 Jul 2018 | Posted by Carl Thomas

The new ‘UKRI Science, Research and Academia’ scheme, which will allow non-EEA researchers, scientists academics to visit the UK for up to 2 years as part of their work is set to be launched this week, according to the UK immigration minister.

The new scheme, which will be included in the Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange (GAE)) visa route, has reportedly been introduced to encourage the ongoing growth of the research sector in the UK.

The scheme will be operated by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and will allow them and 12 other approved research organisations to directly sponsor highly skilled individuals to work and train in the UK.

Commenting on the news, UK immigration minister Caroline Nokes, said: “I recognise the crucial contribution science makes to the UK economy and society and I am determined that the UK will continue to welcome leading scientific and research talent from around the world.”

“The UK is a world leader in research and innovation and these changes will make it easier for international researchers to work and train in the UK,” she said. “We must have an immigration system that makes sure we can attract leading international talent and benefit from their knowledge and expertise.”