Hi readers !
The UK Global Talent VISA is one of the most prestigious VISAs which IT professionals can obtain. I was lucky enough to be awarded this in 2021 and lots of people were curious as to how. As a break from my cloud security and AI sections , I decided to start this series to document my story.
Brief intro about me that I have been a cyber-security professional for the past 20 years . Initially based out of Pakistan till I was 30 and then move to the UAE . Although a big risk at that time it paid off as I learnt so much about myself and about my profession . The UAE is home to some of the smartest people around and a melting pot of cultures. I worked there for over 10 years and was even awarded the CISO of the year award in 2019 which I am extremely proud of and which you can see here
After around a decade I decided to immigrate toward the west for a number of reasons of which #1 on the list was settling somewhere permanently. I love the UAE with all my heart , consider it my second home and miss it terribly but unfortunately due to a number of personal reasons I had no choice
So I did a bit of research and the below choices came up :
USA : The top choice for most cyber-security professionals but way too difficult to get into nowadays honestly
Canada : Another top choice but unfortunately my age made this a bit difficult. I simply could not get enough points even though I had good English score and qualifications
Australia : Top choice but way too disconnected from the rest of the world . Apart from that I could not find any fault here as it has a good market for IT professionals also
UK : One of my preferences and the fin-tech industry over there is amazing. Also quite close to the Middle East and my home country. They have opened up the Skilled Worker Visa route in 2021 , however getting someone to sponsor you for a job visa has been historically very difficult.
Stumbling upon the UK Global Talent VISA
After doing a bit of research I came across the UK Global Talent VISA which seemed pretty awesome with the below advantages :
- No age limit
2. No language requirement
3. No need for sponsor ( the VISA is attached to you )
Most encouraging that cyber-security experts were listed in the technical skills they consider below.
You can imagine my happiness when I saw that so I decided to roll up my sleeves and start researching. Will detail on my second post about what I found out about the detailed requirements and the challenges faced.