Lady Gaga, Shaggy, Meryl Streep and Russell Crowe eligible for new UK VIP visa system

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·2-min read
DECATUR, GEORGIA - APRIL 30:  Shaggy attends Spice's
Shaggy is eligible for the UK's new VIP visa. (Getty Images)

Lady Gaga, Shaggy, Meryl Streep and Russell Crowe are among the stars will be eligible for VIP visas to the UK under the government's new immigration system.

Home secretary Priti Patel said the new points-based system will see stars of stage and screen fast-tracked when applying for visas to travel to the UK.

Those eligible for VIP visas include winners of prestigious entertainment awards such as Oscars, Baftas, Mobos, Grammys and Brits.

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This means It Wasn't Me singer Shaggy – who won Best International Male at the Brits in 2002 – is eligible, as is actor Russell Crowe, who won Best Actor at the Baftas in the same year.

Lady Gaga poses in the press room with her awards for best pop solo performance for
Lady Gaga can get a fast-track visa, thanks to her musical accolades. (AP)

Other musicians to make the list include Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Ariana Grande.

Eligible stars of the silver screen include Meryl Streep, Reese Witherspoon, Renée Zellweger, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joaquin Phoenix and Bill Murray.

Patel said: “Winners of these awards have reached the pinnacle of their career and they have so much to offer the UK.

“These important changes will give them the freedom to come and work in our world-leading arts, sciences, music, and film industries as we build back better.

Bill Murray arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Bill Murray is among the award winners considered by the Home Office to be the 'best and brightest'. (AP)

“This is exactly what our new point-based immigration system was designed for – attracting the best and brightest based on the skills and talent they have, not where they’ve come from.”

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The previous visa application process, known as the "Global Talent Route", meant stars applying to work in the UK had to receive an endorsement from one of six bodies.

Beyonce and Jay-Z skipped this yea'rs Met Gala. (PA)
Beyoncé and Jay-Z will be on the VIP visa list. (PA)

The new system means those who hold a qualifying award will be allowed to apply for a single visa.

Other eligible awards include Nobel Prizes for literature, science and engineering and recipients of the Turing Award for computer technology.

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