A new digital field for Key Criteria

New digital field as Key Criteria of Global Talent Visa

You can get your Exceptional Talent in Global Talent Visa(Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) if you are a digital star. In other words, an expert with “a proven track record of innovation in the digital technology sector as … an employee working in a new digital field or concept that must be clearly evidenced”? Let’s think about what is “new digital field” and how can you prove these Key Criteria.

New Digital Field

The descriptive term of “new digital field” is difficult. You cannot suggest its meaning easily. It is hard to understand. And it is twice more difficult to apply to your specific case as the Key Criteria to get Global Talent Visa.

Anyway, let’s imagine that you are a Kotlin developer who works as an engineer at a fintech company. In my humble opinion, you are “an employee working in a new digital field” but only in a case if you can prove that at your current position you are doing something technically challenging using Kotlin. For example, help people to get cash from their banking mobile apps (joke :)).

I mean the tasks you are working on should not be regular ones. Like the development of mobile applications for customers. Or, for example, applying customized interfaces for different models of smartphones, etc. It has to be something special. Something, which requires expertise and experience. That is why you cannot find the same wording about a new digital field in Key Criteria for Exceptional Promise.

Additionally, I must say that the new digital field can be one with old roots. For example, you work in the niche of self-driving cars. And you still will be considered as a contributor to a new digital field. However, your main instrument will be, probably, C++. This is a programming language that is older than many of the Global Talent Visa applicants.

Documents for Key Criteria

Traditionally, you can think about an extract from your employment contract, payslips or a letter from your employee. This is a good list of documents to confirm your relationship with a particular company. In the letter from your employee, it is easier to provide the details about a new digital field you work in.

Documents to prove new digital field as key criteria in Global Talent Visa application
A list of supporting documents for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

However, even without this letter, your employment contract definitely has a reference to the area of your work, your tasks or any other specific information about the unique tasks you work on.

Finally, you can always use an option to attach a cover letter (but please, no longer than two one-sided A4 pages) as one of your 10 supporting documents. In this piece of evidence, you can explain why your field must be considered as new for the digital industry. Also, you can provide extra details on anything related either to the relevant experience that you have for Key Criteria or any other details for clarification of your Global Talent Visa application.

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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.

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