10 Dead Reasons For Endorsement Rejection As Exceptional Talent

Non-Endorsement in Exceptional Talent Visa - reasons why and what to do next

Today I took ten official reasons from the real-life letters about Endorsement Rejection in Global Talent Visa. It is a piece of sad news to get such letter after such laborious preparations for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. That’s why to avoid getting this unlucky decision; you must check your visa application regarding its compliance with the issues mentioned below.

1. Evidence about innovation

Little evidence a proven track record of innovation in the digital technology sector director or an employee.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

One of the two key criteria has to be met. You can demonstrate evidence for two principles simultaneously, but you cannot avoid this step at all.  Perhaps, you have a question of what can be a “proven track record”?

In general, it is an extract of your employment contract. You cannot apply the whole document since it is not required, and in most cases, it has too many pages. That is why you can add evidence like a letter from the employer, extract of an employment agreement or any other official reference.

They must clearly state your company, position, salary, duration of work, etc.

2. Out-of-job recognition

Internal achievement certificates in the company, awarded by the applicant’s employer, cannot be considered in any way to be a form
of recognition outside their immediate occupation.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

A simple example. You can get a Certificate gifted by your company’s CEO to you because you are the most talented and skilled person in the team. However, this does not mean your excellence among all other digital experts in the world.

What I mean – this certificate will add you some value as one of 10 supporting documents. But it is too weak to show the high level that you have achieved outside your work. You need something else. For example, read my story how I got Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (which is now Global Talent Visa) and see the example of the certificates, that I attached.

3. Extra-curriculum activities or… Endorsement Rejection

Nor is there substantial evidence of recognition for work outside their immediate occupation.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

A very similar reason to the mentioned above. At the same time, it is related to your routine job. Many applicants make this mistake and get Endorsement Rejection. They provide two or even three Letters of Recommendation from the managers of their own companies.

Sometimes they attach ten supporting documents related only with their work experience in a current (or previous) company. You must diversify your materials as much as possible to demonstrate your ability to influence many people.

4. High level of achievements

Based on the evidence presented from the Advanced Marketing course, the applicant just barely met the pass threshold.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

In brief, if you want to add any certificate or other evidence of achievement – care about the level of it. You cannot add a document with the average (or minimal) score.

Then you can’t claim that you are an Exceptional Promise (or even Exceptional Talent). Sometimes it is better to avoid applying a document which can decrease the level of your visa application and lead to Endorsement Rejection

5. Support of Key criteria

No meaningful evidence to support the required vital criteria.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

If you will provide vital documents for qualifying criteria but not key criteria docs – you will get Endorsement Rejection. And vice versa.

These two types of evidence are related and dependent on each other. Hence, it is better to apply as much proof as you can. Please, do not hope that your talent will be seen between the lines. You need to show documents.

6. Problems with Letters of Recommendation

The letters of recommendation are mostly generic, speaking to the applicant’s skills and temperament and fail to provide specific examples of innovation.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application
Letters of Recommendation with general-purpose is one of the key reasons how not to get Endorsement in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application
Letters of Recommendation with general-purpose is one of the key reasons how not to get Endorsement in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application

Surely, this is one of my most “favourite” topics.

Many future applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa are seeking for a C-suite level manager to get a Letter of Recommendation. As I know, they even provide an example of what to write. Sometimes. But not too many people are successful in this process. Since usually, the text of such letters is copy-pasted from the first result of a search engine search.

Mainly, such letters write about experienced experts, many years of real experience and hard-working type of behaviour. But nothing specific.

As a result – this is an apparent reason why the letter becomes generic. To avoid this problem, ask your trusted referee to write about your projects and contributions, your very unique skills and experiences.

7. Not enough achievements lead to Endorsement Rejection

The applicant’s track record was not sufficiently strong to be endorsed under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

You cannot work ten years as a junior and middle-level programmer in an average-size SME with 20 employees and without significant supporting documents to get Endorsement. In most cases, unfortunately, you will not get it. But Endorsement Rejection instead.

If your professional career was not shining by big names like Google or IBM, but you were a star out of your everyday job – it is excellent. But you cannot be an ordinary person and get this visa. Surely, you must do something professionally unusual and challenging and provide supporting documents about that.

8. Unique and the only one sometimes gets Endorsement Rejection

It is clear the applicant is well regarded, but there is a need for clear evidence that the applicant’s achievements are in some way exceptional

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

This reason is related to the previous question but was granted to a person with the right expertise in his field and a senior-level position.

However, well-paid salary and status without any exceptional achievements are not a reason to give Endorsement as Exceptional Talent.

Moreover, this reason will be difficult to discuss on Endorsement Review.

9. Superpower is required otherwise… Endorsement Rejection

Although the applicant may have undertaken several courses, the results do not place him in a top 1% position that might indicate a superior talent.

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

You can be as she. She is a hard-working and always-Coursera-studying. In her mid-’30s she is a good engineer. Then she tries to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Not Promise. Because he worked in Fortune 500 company and thought this is enough to get his legal ticket to the UK. According to this reason – it’s not enough. 

In brief, you should not be a student of online courses or any other educational platforms all the time. You must implement your knowledge somewhere in real life. And only this fact will grant you Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Visa.

10. Correlation between experience and talent as a reason of Endorsement Rejection

While the candidate does seem to have significant experience in the IT sector, the candidate’s relevant experience specifically in mobile applications development is not corroborated in the evidence, neither through ‘innovation’ in the proof of concept noted, nor the potential commercial impact of said innovation

Tech Nation Decision for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) Application

This reason was unique. But I put it here just in case to demonstrate the variety of cases. I think it is useful to see how Tech Nation assesses a visa application. You must understand that this is not a charity organisation. It doesn’t purely want to make the UK one of the countries with the most significant number of talents.

As a result of this approach, they must endorse talents who will generate value and financial impact for the whole UK economy. Ask someone to assess your skills and projects on this point to understand your weak points before Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application.

Support with Global Talent Visa

Finally, if you want to go the right way and avoid apparent pitfalls or you need immigration advice there are options.

You can contact me and I can share my knowledge for free. However, I have a Disclaimer. Hence, read it before write.

Talent Visa Help has been created for informational purpose and is not an official guidance for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application.

Talent Visa Help should not be used as a substitute for the official Tech Nation Guideline or Home Office Guideline. Talent Visa Help is NOT linked either with Tech Nation or Home Office. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the texts belong solely to the authors at Talent Visa Help. The contents of Talent Visa Help do not constitute legal advice and authors accept no liability for the accuracy of information provided. Applicants should always consult the official governmental guidance and seek professional immigration advice where appropriate.

For additional assistance, please, contact help@talentvisahelp.com

Author: Andrii Seleznov

TalentVisaHelp is an independent project to help more talents and promises to come to the United Kingdom. This project is created by Andrii Seleznov, Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa recipient and Tech Nation Visa Ambassador in past. Andrii is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer and technical founder at Petiole. Additionally, Andrii is an Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition and winner of local agritech Hackathons in Ukraine.

9 thoughts on “10 Dead Reasons For Endorsement Rejection As Exceptional Talent”

  1. Hi Aseleznov,

    Thank you for this well curated website and breakdown of potential issues. Can you advice clearly on how one can scale the application process? Its becoming scary day in day out on how to go about this.

    For instance, how to properly provide the required evidence in line with the feedback comments suggested by the experts reviewing.

    I appreciate

    1. Hi Temi,
      Thank you for your question.
      I hope I have understood you clearly.
      If you ask about the comments which a person gets in own non-endorsement letter – unfortunately, it is too late to change anything. Even an Endorsement review will not have any impact: it is conducted on the documents and circumstances presented in visa application. Hence, you cannot improve the visa application, add new documents or change your Personal Statement.

      But these comments from the non-endorsement letter (in personal case) – will be priceless for the next Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. Because even after non-Endorsement a person has a right to apply for this visa route again, with improved supporting documents and other proof. Hence, using the comments from Endorsement Panel, a future applicant can significantly improve the Tech Nation Visa application.

      Regarding the reasons and comments provided above – they are general. Yes, they have been taken from personal non-endorsement letters but here I wanted to demonstrate the level of accuracy of the Endorsement Panel. These 10 reasons are listed here as a check-list for every future applicant just to understand: has he or she done everything and provided enough evidence for their own circumstances? I hope it was helpful to people.

      Andrii Seleznov

  2. Hi Andrii Seleznov

    Good Day…

    I recently got my non-endorsement letter with the below comments, i feel that they haven’t gone thru my documents fully. anyway I will be submitting for the review but will I get succeeded on this attempt?

    The applicant has not provided sufficient evidence to meet the key and qualifying criteria.
    None of the evidence provided to support KC2 can be considered mentoring; all of these activities are
    consulting and/or advisory work and do not constitute any form of recognition outside of the normal
    occupation. The work is simply an extension of the applicant’s primary occupation, irrespective of
    whether he is paid or not. In fact, one of the letters of recommendation states that he has been engaged
    as an external advisor.
    None of the work done by the applicant can be deemed to be technically significant. Almost all of his
    recent activities have involved either the implementation of infrastructure automation and/or the
    migration to cloud platforms. These are not significant activities and one would not expect an
    exceptional talent to be implementing automation and configuration activities.

    Most of the courses completed by the applicant are less than 20 hours; in fact, many are as short as 3
    and 5 hours and many have been completed in the 3 months preceding the application. There is no
    evidence of continuous learning and it’s difficult to develop any mastery from the short duration of these
    Based on the above, the applicant cannot be endorsed.

    1. Hi Jeevanandham,
      Sorry to hear the bad news that you don’t get your Endorsement.
      Indeed you can apply for an endorsement review.
      I do not know your case in details but even from my point of view after reading the brief, which you have provided, please, think about the following points to appeal.
      1. Mentorship is a systematic work with the same person or group of people until the final result. It does not matter big or small achievement but if you had worked with a person or a group of people for 3 – 5 times to get some results – then use this fact. Consultancy is a one-time activity but mentorship is a regular collaboration with the same mentee.
      2. Technically significant tasks can be proven by money. You can write about how much has your company saved because of migration. Or how much does it earn because of technical improvements, that you helped to make? I believe all the importance of technical stuff can be supported by money equivalent.
      3. There is no clear time limits about the courses. Neither the Home Office nor Tech Nation guidelines provide a specific scale of continuous learning. There is no mention of “less than 20 hours”. I believe, if you know this requirement, you will study at the courses with the required duration but not shorter. Moreover, there is a rule of thumb that documents must be as fresh as one year before the application. Hence, this point is quite complicated.
      But I hope even my thoughts will be helpful for you and give you an idea of what to write.

      For more details about the Endorsement Review, please read this blog post with full instruction on how to apply for endorsement review in Tech Nation Visa.

      Andrii Seleznov

  3. Hello
    Good Day
    I read your suggestions and Q&A regularly and I applied for the Global Talent Visa Endorsement. I got Non-Endorsement feedback which I will be sharing below. Here my question is I was refused after providing documents exactly looking at the relevant examples mentioned in the Tech Nation Website.

    I didn’t meet the KC1 because my employment contract provides the only Designation as Principle consultant but it doesn’t contain any information about his Job role.
    As Per KC1 relevant example it asked me to provide an employment contract includes salary, bonus, equity options, and history of earnings(Provided salary slip in additional documents). My role was explained with projects in the letter of recommendation. The endorsement panel said that “he has provided several warm letters of recommendation which show he is a well-regarded member of the teams he has worked in. I had submitted a screenshot of my organization chart which shows Micheal Dell to Me and my role. Provide additional letters like Form 16(Indian Income Tax proof), a Confirmation letter from the company, Dell ID card, and an H1b approval letter(Visa is given to only STEM applicants in the USA) in additional evidence which can also be used for QC1
    QC3 & QC4 are also Insufficient in nature
    For QC3, I provided Scrum Master Certificate from the International scrum institute which I got in 2016. The evidence is as per the example said in the Tech Nation Website.
    For QC4, I provided a Letter of support from my professor who himself has experience of 35+ years as an Entrepreneur. His letter speaks about my idea and research. Also Attached my PPT which speaks about the survey results, innovation radar, and mainly about my business plan which I might be interested to establish in the near future. This is also as per the example provided in the Tech Nation website.

    Looking at the above-mentioned description, Could you please let me know whether my application can be re-considered or please correct me if my thoughts are incorrect.
    FYI, I already sent for an Endorsement review. Just want to post and learn. Thank you. Have a good one there. Cheers

    1. Hi Rahul,
      Thank you for your message and concerns regarding the Endorsement process as well as your Global Talent Visa Application.
      The Tech Nation clearly applied the rule that “consultants are not endorsed” for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies.
      The main reasoning behind this idea is hidden within the broad practice, which the consultants traditionally have.
      I suggest in your visa application, there was a lack of evidence about the specific products you worked on. However, to provide a more specific answer, I must say the documents. But Tech Nation is looking for leaders, who can create digital products.

      If you do not demonstrate any profitable or socially important digital product in your portfolio, they you got rejection.
      At the same time, you have a right to apply for a review within 28 days after the decision. But you cannot change documents, which were already applied. Or you can re-apply for Global Talent Visa with different documents.

      Anyway, feel free to contact me at help@talentvisahelp.com for a deeper discussion or any question.

      Andrii Seleznov

  4. Hi Andrii,
    Great see your inputs on each area , Yesterday I received Rejection from Tech nation . could you help me to put a strong review points .
    I can mail you the tech nation feed back , please provide your mail.

    1. Hi Venkata,

      Sorry to hear that you got your rejection of your Endorsement :(.
      Yes, you can provide me more details via email, I will try to brainstorm some ideas to support you.

      Andrii Seleznov

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