Future Technology Research and Innovation visa scheme

Are you hiring international AI talent for work placements or internships?

New visa scheme open

The Future Technology Research and Innovation (FTRI) scheme is a new visa scheme that enables UK businesses to sponsor international researchers and research interns to carry out short-term (up to 1 or 2 years) work, research or training placements.

It is designed for innovative UK businesses to:

  • up-skill your existing workforce and collaborate on research
  • work with early career stage researchers, postgraduates or interns that are not a long-term addition to your workforce
  • build global connections

Who can apply

Your business is eligible for a sponsorship licence if it:

  • is undertaking research and/or innovation activity in a critical technology specified in the UK’s Science and Technology Frameworkopens www.gov.uk in a new tab. These technologies are:
    • artificial intelligence
    • engineering biology
    • future telecoms
    • quantum technologies
    • semiconductors
  • is currently, or has previously been, in receipt of Innovate UK funding
  • holds an A rated Skilled Worker licence

How to apply

You can register your interest in obtaining a sponsorship licence below.

Register Interestopens engagementhub.ukri.org in a new tab

A dedicated UKRI team will be in touch to discuss how you can use the scheme and answer any questions.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please email AIFutures@businessandtrade.gov.uk.

This is just one of a number of visa options aimed at international talent. Find out about others hereopens www.gov.uk in a new tab.

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