Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Tier 2 / Tier 1 / Tier 5

I got many questions from people about switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. They, actually, live in the United Kingdom. Mainly, they have a Tier 2 General visa and are employed by UK companies. But they feel the power to be entrepreneurs and they have unique expertise knowledge in digital technologies for this. Hence, they deserve the freedom and power of Tech Nation Visa.

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Should I have a startup to get Endorsement?

After browsing profiles of actual holders of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa or Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa, there is a danger to worry. And think that startups are a natural attribute of these people.

However, there is true and false in these thoughts. Simultaneously.
Yes, I agree that over 80% of all people within the mentioned community have already founded (or co-founded) their startups. BUT!

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What to write in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement?

I also didn’t know what to write in Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Time and hardworking helped. As a result, every time I receive a question from a future Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicant, I remember my own feelings. It was the starting point when I was standing in him or her shoes.

I deeply understand what they are thinking and try to help as much as possible. I have already done some writing about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement. Today I will write a little bit more about a structure of the Personal Statement and some other related topics. By the way, you can find examples of Personal Statements in the Talent Visa App. I have developed it after numerous requests to provide a sample Personal Statement (and other supporting documents for visa application)

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Stage 1 or Endorsement Stage in details

You decide that you are a talent (or promise) and want to conquer a peak in digital technologies in the United Kingdom. Surely, that is a great idea. Moreover, if you are British – all doors are open for you in your native country and you have a good start for your goals. But if you were born in another country, you may need to have a visa to enter the UK. I believe you have already known about this requirements but if not – check here.

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Are you an Exceptional Talent?

There is the only authority in the United Kingdom that can answer the question “Are you an Exceptional Talent in Digital Technology or not?”. This is Tech Nation (previously – Tech City UK).

Tech Nation is a Designated Competent Body, responsible for assessing visa applications submitted by individuals who suggest being Exceptional Talents (or, Promises) in the area of digital technologies. Again, this is the only authority appointed by the Home Office to implement Tech Nation Visa Scheme (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent). Tech Nation endorses up to 200 candidates annually. Also, it notices the statistics of received applications and available endorsements on the page of the Tech Nation Visa Scheme.

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