Academic Contribution as criteria for Global Talent Visa

Good track of academic contribution will help you to get Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa). Photo by Jasmine Coro

Academic contribution record can be helpful for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application. It does not matter: are you applying for Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent. Choice within tech or business application is also irrelevant. The main point – with good track of academic contribution you can support Qualifying Criteria No.4 of Global Talent Visa.

What is the requirement for academic contribution?

According to Tech Nation Guideline, if a person wants to get an Exceptional Talent visa, (s)he must:

Have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions through research published or otherwise endorsed by a research supervisor or other expert

Qualifying Criteria No. 4 for Exceptional Talent route of Global Talent Visa, Tech Nation Visa Guideline

Candidates for Exceptional Promise must have almost the same but slightly different:

Provide more than one example of exceptional ability in the field by making academic contributions through research endorsed by a research supervisor or other expert

Qualifying Criteria No. 4 for Exceptional Promise route of Global Talent Visa, Tech Nation Visa Guideline

As we can see, the requirements are different. Exceptional Promise must even apply a larger number of docs than for Exceptional Talent. Although, instead of just one documents, an applicant must provide more than one piece of evidence. Remember about this if you apply for Exceptional Promise.

Is the Master’s thesis an academic contribution?

Let’s assume a person has a Master’s thesis in digital security and blockchain. This thesis was published on the University website. A person has an assessment of 75%. This means that a supervisor endorsed this thesis with a high mark. And the student does not get any massive objections.

But does it count as an academic contribution? Or, perhaps, the scope is too small?

I think you are right. However, you can say that this is a piece of evidence for Qualifying Criteria No.4 when applying for Exceptional Promise.

The overall nature of Exceptional Promise route means that you are a rising star, but not an already existing one.

At the same time, if you apply for Exceptional Talent – this evidence will not count at all. You need more serious and heavy pieces of academic work.

Academics as Exceptional Talents

Applicants for Exceptional Talent must act differently. People who want to approve their status as exceptional talent must already achieve his or her highest peak of expertise. That’s why it is required to provide better proof. It has to be endorsed not just one person but a panel of experts.

Actually, extract from your doctoral theses is one of the examples. You can use reference on your doctoral dissertation for your Global Talent Visa application. This will be completely relevant. Particularly, if you know that someone has already quoted your research outcome or referenced on you.

Chapter of a book is one of the evidence for academic contribution in Qualifying Criteria No.4 Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa). Photo by Russ Ward
Chapter of a book is one of the evidence for academic contribution in Qualifying Criteria No.4 Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa). Photo by Russ Ward

List of academic contributions for Qualifying Criteria No.4

I think you can start to brainstorm your individual academic contributions, knowing the existing list of them:

  1. The article, published in the international scientific journal (listed in SCOPUS, Web of Science, etc.) as either an independent researcher or a group of scientists
  2. Research paper, endorsed by the government or non-governmental organisation
  3. The article, published on the website of an international organisation like the United Nations, NATO, etc.
  4. Book (or chapter of a book), published by well-known (or humble but good) publisher with easily recognisable ISBN
  5. Extract from doctoral theses (Master’s thesis – for some categories of applicants). If you need advice on how to do this reference – go to Talent Visa app.
  6. Fellowship application if it consists of an analytical part, etc..

Academic contributions can be also different

Finally, I know that applicants from different fields (not just Digital Technology) read this website. I must highlight – this approach is working only for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) in Digital Technology.

Also, there is a very similar situation regarding the kind of “lower” level of academic works. It is acceptable for:

  • Arts and Culture;
  • Fashion;
  • Architecture;
  • Film and Television

But for science and medicine, engineering and humanities, this is not enough at all. That is why, you need to have your PhD to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. And you need more advanced evidence.

Hence, to get Global Talent Visa in the lastly mentioned areas, you must have your PhD status as a minimum requirement.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

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