8 Alarming Reasons for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal

Mistakes are predictable on every Tech Nation Visa journey

I am not joking. Below I prepared a list of eight dangerous quotes sent to me within the emails by my blog readers. Also, a couple of them are generalised sentences from Personal Statements drafted by potential Exceptional Talent Visa applicants. In reports, later on, all of these visa applications become just numbers. One more case in total statistics of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal list. But these people are in the army of unsuccessful visa applicants.

Why I am publishing this list? To caution you about the typical reasons for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal. I want to supersede your potentially harmful thoughts. I offer you short, constructive ideas on how to avoid these mistakes to get UK Exceptional Talent Visa.

1. Unique And Extraordinary People

“I am a unique person. It’s not just because my parents say this. I got different endorsements at the University. I was a hardworking student there and participated in local hackathons. Last year I had a talk at the conference about my Technology. My Github profile is well followed…”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: By the way, I checked the Github profile of this person. Less than 20 followers. And approximately the same amount of commits during the last year. However, this problem is not the main topic of my blog. But sometimes, self-critique is one of the essential characteristics of Global Talent Visa applicants.

Try to look at yourself seriously. Do you believe that British investors will be interested? Will the digital guru be impressed with such a bright digital personality?

2. Digital Womanizing

“I am a woman and have a Diploma in Engineering. I work over five years in the Digital International Company. Because of this, I suggest it will not be a problem to get an Endorsement. STEM move (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is on rising now. So I think it doubles my chances.”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: I get a couple of letters with very similar ideas from digital ladies. They believe that to be a woman in tech is already a distinction. At least one of the ladies is not already feeling this. Her visa application was rejected. She cried. The world was broken and life too.

Please, do not bring too many hopes regarding these thoughts. Gender imbalance exists, true. But when you think how to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, this is not the case. I think in future we will get detailed statistics about the Tech Nation Visa route. Then it will show the male-female proportion of visa holders. I hope.

3. Brand Lovers

“A couple of years ago, I had a monthly internship at Google (Facebook, Amazon, etc.). I got a great experience there. But due to bad luck, I failed to get a job in this big brand company. Anyway, this is in my CV. Hence, it will do some favour for my Endorsement.”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: One or three months of internship at a digital company is great. Particularly, at a nice office with thousands of people in staff. And if this organisation has a transnational influence on digital tech. But…

Companies with big names and loud titles influence on your Exceptional Talent Visa application only in one case. When you are work there now. However, in most cases, they provide Tier 2 General Visa sponsorship. Hence, there is no need to apply for talent visa.

Also, well-known companies can bring benefits to your application. For example, if you worked there in the past at least for a couple of years. However, again – this is a very personal thing. It differs in each case.

4. Learning Never Stops but… Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal

“I want to demonstrate continuous learning. I can prove that I’ve already completed all the courses in Coursera. Also, I have a couple of them in Udacity about digital marketing and growth hacking. Totally 13 courses and certificates.”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: Your completed courses are a real reason for proud. Put it on your wall. But without any practical implementation of your learning results into work is nothing. It is a pure “certificates-hunt”. And, please, don’t tell me that you are a person who just likes to learn new and discover unknown horizons.

Every certificate attached to the Exceptional Talent Visa Application has to be supported by your existing experience. By the way, for More Talent Visa Help members, I explain how to do this trick with supporting documents. Then, in this post, you can read extra details on continuous learning as a qualifying criterion for Tech Nation Visa applications.

5. Future Unicorn LTD

“I have an idea of a unicorn startup. This is like a new Facebook (Google, Uber, Petiole) with some elements of LinkedIn. But it is for blockchain experts with embedded VR experience and big data. My startup was selected to participate in the Cool Accelerator Program in London.”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement
Some of the applicants for Exceptional Talent Visa believe in their unicorn startups without actual financial reasons
Some of the applicants for Exceptional Talent Visa believe in their unicorn startups without actual financial reasons

Tip: This is one of the most apparent but very typical problems. We all believe that our projects will have over one billion valuations. Soon each of them will join The Unicorn List and The Billion Dollar Startup Club.

However, there is a clear link. To manipulate your reputation as a founder of the future big company – show your present. You need to show what you have now. The pure idea is not relevant for endorsement. You need to have existing positive results. Plus – a clear plan for your future.

I mean that you cannot declare your startup as a future unicorn when it has ten users. Of if you are still on the idea stage and looking for a co-founder for your digital adventure.

6. Minions of Investors

“I got signed a secured investment agreement from angel investors in London. They are ready to give me money for my startup.”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: in general, there is nothing wrong with this statement. But it has to be presented in conjunction with other trusted documents and proofs.

Attaching the extract of such signed secured investment agreement is beneficial too. However, please, be so kind as to provide also extract of your business plan activities. At least, for the next couple of years. Add also other documents to show the full picture of your startup.

Surely, a couple of representatives in the Endorsement Panel are investors. They can assess your documents with a quick look. However, it is your obligation to provide as many details as possible to be a trusted person. It will help you to get an Endorsement.

7. Stop Slavery and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal

I am an employee with Tier 2 sponsorship provided by my current employer. I want to be free and choose my future employers by myself, not because of visa sponsorship.

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: this honest and very sensitive paragraph will bring endorsement to refusal and the whole visa application – to rejection.

Please, remember the golden rule. Or it may be your rule of thumb – whenever name you prefer. Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route is not a substitution of the Tier 2 General Visa route. Your argument about freedom is not related to unique and exceptional professional skills at all.

As a result, to get your Endorsement you must provide more interesting and well-reasoned thoughts. Think broadly on why the UK will get more benefits from you as an Exceptional Talent Visa recipient.

8. Over-Experienced Guys Want Exceptional Talent Visa Too

“I am a certified expert in Technology. I got a Computer Science degree at the University. Also, I have 15+ years of experience in Digital Technology. What do I need to apply – Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise? Or am I too old for Promise)?”

Applicant for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, who didn’t get Endorsement

Tip: the question is not even about choosing your route between talent and promise. Do you need to apply for this visa at all?

What extraordinary skillset do you have? Also, what exactly the UK digital industry will gain out of your experience?

In brief, the real number of years of your work does not have an extreme influence. A list of professional certifications is good for job-seeking. But not for Tech Nation Visa. Hence, you need to think wider and give more reasons for Tech Nation to trust in your talent.

Help with Global Talent Visa

If you would like to avoid any of the mentioned mistakes, it is always better to ask more experienced people.

First of all, you can write to me. Please, remember, that I am not the UK immigration lawyer. Also, I must say that many people ask my help simultaneously. But I do my best to answer asap and share my knowledge with Global Talent Visa applicants for free. I can also proofread your Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation or any other supporting documents and share my thoughts with you. Just it takes a little bit longer.

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 UK government 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.

4 thoughts on “8 Alarming Reasons for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Refusal”

  1. Hi,

    My name is Selina and I’m a Chinese influencer and content creator. At the moment I have over 600k followers on my platforms and I have worked with many brands so far. I am currently a student studying in London and hoping to stay in the UK after my graduation. I love creating contents and I hope I can still do it as a freelance in the future, am I eligible for tier 1 exceptional visa?

    Looking forward to your reply, thank you!

  2. Hi Andrii,

    Good day! Trust you are doing well.

    I came across this site today and the information that you have shared is very useful.

    I run a software testing firm from 2017 onwards and my firm is doing well. Prior to 2017, I was working in different organisations and have got an overall experience of 14 years in the IT Industry.

    I also contribute to society by training students in App development, conducting workshops in colleges.

    I wanted your advice to check if i fit under Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Seema,
      Thank you for your question.
      There are many factors which influence the positive answer on your dilemma about Promise or Talent visa application. But this is one of the most frequent questions for prospect applicants.
      Number of years, that you have spent in the digital technologies, does not influence on the choice decisively. The main point is your own feeling: have you already achieved your top-level and now can only scale your own brand? Does your success is financially supported by good earnings? If your answer is “yes” then you are, probably, a Talent and already a leader of tech industry. If not – you are a promising expert so need to choose Exceptional Promise route.
      I have written about this question in one of my blogs: https://talentvisahelp.com/talent-or-promise-3-in-exceptional-visas/
      So, I hope that after reading all these materials, it will be clearer for you are you Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise.

      Andrii Seleznov

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