Talent endorsement and dependents of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

I do not get questions about dependents of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa holders frequently. In general, I wrote about my experience in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Partner and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Child articles. However, sometimes, there are very precise questions. For example, regarding letter of talent endorsement and dependents of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa holders. Perhaps, my answer will be useful to someone else.

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10 supporting documents for visa application

Ten supporting documents for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application – what does this mean? Let’s consider almost a real situation.

For example, I have my Work Agreement in 15 pages, also my article published in the international journal in 3 pages, my diplomas and certificates are in 5 pages plus five pages of the translation into English. And also I have five pages of screenshots from my applications. At least, these four supporting documents have 33 pages. Is it OK to add to my application?

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Final Steps of Stage 2 in Tech Nation Visa Process

After all, filling the forms and printing documents, you will have the final point of Stage 2 Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Process. In other words, you need to go to the Visa Centre and bring a bundle of application with supporting documents. In most cases, you will go to the partner’s centre – VFS Global, TSL Connect or other services.
These companies are not the Home Office (or previously it was called UKVI). They are outsourcing and technology services. However, they are trusted by many governments and diplomatic missions worldwide. For example, UK Visas and Immigration has a partnership with VFS Global in 33 countries.

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List of documents for Visa Stage

What list of documents for Visa Stage shall I add to my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application? This question arises quite frequently and is caused by anĀ absence of detailed guideline for this stage of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

In my opinion, thanks to the efforts of Tech Nation, the Endorsement Stage (or Stage 1) is better documented and informational supported. But let’s cut philosophical suggestions and move to the subject.

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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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Stage 2 or Visa Stage

If you are a lucky person who was endorsed by the Tech Nation, do not cheer yourself too early. Endorsement by Tech Nation UK in Digital Technology does not mean that you have Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Hence, you need to hurry up! Move on and apply for the Stage 2 or Visa Stage of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application. Important to remember: you have only 3 months for this. The starting point is a day of receiving the positive decision by Tech Nation in your Application for Endorsement in Stage 1. Hence, you must submit an application for entry clearance or leave to remain within this period. Since if you will not do this – an application will be refused.

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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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