LONDON - The UK has launched new visas that will be open to overseas scientists and researchers, including Pakistanis and Indians, to encourage the growth of the country’s research sector.
The new UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme, which is being added to the already existing Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Government Authorised Exchange) visa route, opened from Friday for researchers, scientists and academics from outside the European Union (EU) to come to the UK for up to two years. Play Video 44s
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“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,” said UK immigration minister Caroline Nokes in a statement announcing the launch. ADVERTISEMENT
“We must have an immigration system that makes sure we can attract leading international talent and benefit from their knowledge and expertise.
“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,” she said.
The scheme will be operated by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), which brings together the country’s seven research councils, Innovate UK and Research England.
It will mean that UKRI, along with 12 approved research organisations such as the Natural History Museum, will now be able to directly sponsor highly skilled individuals, such as specialist technicians, to work and train in the UK.
The sponsor organisations will be monitored by UKRI as the scheme owner and they will also require individual Tier 5 sponsor licences.