Bridget Jones is on a list of international celebrities who have achieved VIP status under the government’s new points-based immigration system. Well, she would write in her journal.
Renee Zellweger, the Texas actress who played the 30-year-old singleton who cooked blue soup, wore huge pants and drank and smoked too much, topped the list.
She’s included on a new “Global Talent” visa route as an Oscar winner, along with Legally Blonde star Reese Witherspoon and Susan Sarandon, best known for the hit Thelma And Louise.
Some of the best actors on the list include Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic and Wolf of Wall Street star and Joker star Joaquin Phoenix, as well as Golden Globe winner Bill Murray, hit star. Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters.
Musicians include Brit Award winners such as husband and wife Beyonce and Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, who performed at the inauguration of President Biden, Barbadian singer Rihanna, American rapper Eminem, singer and actress Ariana Grande and Jamaican-American reggae star Shaggy.
“The winners of these awards have reached the peak of their careers and they have so much to offer in the UK,” Home Secretary Priti Patel said, announcing the fast-track VIP passage.
“These significant changes will give them the freedom to come and work in our cutting-edge arts, science, music and film industries as we build back better.
“This is exactly what our new points-based immigration system was designed to do: attract the best and the brightest based on the skills and talents they have, not where they come from.
Those who qualify are the winners of the Nobel Prizes, Turing Prizes, Oscars and Golden Globes, who will be able to live and work more easily in the UK thanks to the reforms introduced by the Home Office.
Those who have won prestigious awards in science, humanities, engineering, arts and digital technology will benefit from the changes to the Global Talent visa route.
The Home Office said people currently on the Global Talent Route – which entered into force in February 2020 and has been used by thousands to enter the UK – must successfully apply to the UK. one of six approval bodies.
The new itinerary will allow applicants who hold a qualifying award to speed up the approval application process and instead make a single visa application.
Eligible winners include:
• Science, technology, engineering and mathematics: Nobel laureates in physics, chemistry, economics and medicine; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering; Fields Medal; Turing Prize
• Music: Brit Award – International male / female; Mobo – Best international act; Grammys – Lifetime Achievement Award
• Cinema, television and theater: various categories of awards at the Oscars and Golden Globe; Bafta – Best Actress / Actor / Film Director; various Tony Awards and Olivier Awards
• Arts and Literature: Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize; Hugo Boss Award; Nobel Prize in Literature
The Home Office said winners of some awards in dance, fashion, architecture and social sciences will also be included.
The government also said it has worked with approval bodies to draft the initial qualifying price list, which will be kept under review.
The full list of qualifying rewards is:
• Science: Nobel Prize – Physics; Nobel Prize – Chemistry; Nobel Prize – Medicine; Fyssen International Prize
• Engineering: Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering; Millennium Prize for Technology; Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
• Social science: Nobel Prize – Economics; Holberg Prize; Balzan Prize
• Mathematics: Fields medal
• Computing: Turing Prize; ACM Prize in Computer Science
• Literature: Nobel Prize – Literature
• Arts: Dorothy and Lillian Gish Award; Hugo Boss Award
• Fashion: Fashion Award – Designer of the year; Fashion Award – Accessories Designer of the Year; Fashion Award – Exceptional Achievement
• Architecture: Royal Gold Medal; Pritzker Prize
• Dance: Bessie – Outstanding Performer; Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards – Best Male; Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards – Best Woman
• Television and cinema: Oscars – Actor in a leading role; Oscars – Actress in a leading role; Oscars – Cinematography; Oscars – Director; Oscars – Writing (adapted script); Oscars – Writing (original screenplay); BAFTA – Best Film Actor; BAFTA – Best Film Actress; BAFTA – Film director; Golden Globes – Best Actor in a Motion Picture; Golden Globes – Best Actress in a Motion Picture; Golden Globes – Best Musical / Actress; Golden Globes – Best Musical / Comedy Actor; Golden Globes – Best Actor in a Television Movie; Golden Globes – Best Actress in a Television Movie; Golden Globes – Best TV Actor Drama; Golden Globes – Best Actress, Dramatic Television; Golden Globes – Best Musical / TV Comedy Actor; Golden Globes – Best Musical / Comedy TV Actress; Golden Globes – Best Director of a Motion Picture; Golden Globes – Best Screenplay in a Motion Picture; Golden Globes – Cecil B. deMille Award; Golden Globes – Carol Burnett Award
• Theater: Tony Award – Best playwright; Tony Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play; Tony Award – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Play; Tony Award – Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical; Tony Award – Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical; Tony Award – Best Direction of a Play; Tony Award – Best Direction in a Musical; Tony Award for Best Choreography; Tony Award – Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater; Olivier Awards – Best playwright; Olivier Awards – Best Actor; Olivier Awards – Best actress; Olivier Prize – Exceptional achievement in dance; Olivier Awards – Best Director; Olivier Prize – Exceptional achievement in opera; Olivier Prize – Exceptional achievement in music; Olivier Awards – Best theater choreographer
• Music: Brit Awards – International Female; Brit Awards – International Male; Wihuri Sibelius Prize; ICMA – Lifetime Achievement Award; ICMA – Artist of the year; MOBO – Best international act; WOMEX – Artist; Grammys – Lifetime Achievement Award