Can Tech Nation Change Exceptional Promise to Exceptional Talent?

Hard choice between Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise

Can Tech Nation change Exceptional Promise to Exceptional Talent? I am appreciated to my reader Samuel, who asked me this question today. I had already got it several times before but answered in private messages. Hence, now is time to shed light on the subject of changing the route of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa by Endorsement Panel of Tech Nation.

The short answer is YES.

This is supported not only by the methodology of Tech Nation but also – a real practice. In our community of Tech Nation Visa holders, we have a couple of examples when people applied for Exceptional Promise but got Exceptional Talent. And vice versa.

Endorsement Panel sees the overall picture of applications and can say who is who in Digital Technologies :). Sometimes Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants cannot assess themselves regarding the route to apply: Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent.

In some cases, it is difficult to assess changes to get Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise visa. But Tech Nation has authority to help with this for some candidates
In some cases, it is difficult to assess changes to get Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise visa. But Tech Nation has authority to help with this for some candidates

As I feel – it would be better to write about the critical difference between these two types of talented visas again. So, I consider two main aspects of the assessment.

1. Achievements

I will not tell you a joke about Nobel Prize this time. Again, you can read it in my the mentioned blog post. But it is true: you will get Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise based on your up-to-date achievements in Digital Technologies.

2. Age, Experience, Purpose

Surely, I know that each case is different. But I decided to make an attempt and clarify general criteria about these two routes.

People eligible for Exceptional Promise visa

An average holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa is between his/her mid-20s – early 40s. Traditionally, applicants have 0 – 5 years in the industry. There are some cases with ten years of experience and more. But it will be rather an exemption on mid-level positions in companies which are working directly in Digital Technologies or are in the crossroad industries.

But this person directly works with digital work, even if a company is not purely digital. In my experience, I got a couple of cases. People from Digital Departments in aviation, arts, and general consultancy got their endorsements. All these people have one similar feature.

They feel that their Big Mission on Earth is not completed. These unordinary guys want to do something new (launch a startup, start a social project, etc.). These people understand that the level of success that is already achieved – is not the top one. Surely, they can do more.

Applicants eligible for Exceptional Talent visa

An average recipient of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is between his/her mid-20s – early 90s. They have 3 – 20 years in Digital Technologies. Additionally, each of these applicants got a reputation as an expert in the field. This person has quotes, interviews, conference talks and other accomplishments of influencer on the Digital Technologies. The person has a clear purpose of scaling his or her experience via private consultancy (or work on their startup). And what is more important (s)he has a well-established approach in achieving this goal.

Finally, I think that it will be quite relevant to explain the difference between Exceptional Promise and Exceptional Talent using a vocabulary of our profession. It is like startup and scaleup 🙂

Tech Nation’s Approach: Exceptional Talent vs. Exceptional Promise

This is a quotation from the Tech Nation Visa webpage to continue the topic:

Can I be endorsed for Exceptional Promise if I apply to the Tech Nation Visa via the Exceptional Talent route?

Applying for endorsement via Exceptional Talent does not preclude you from endorsement under Exceptional Promise should you meet the necessary criteria; likewise, using under the Exceptional Promise route does not prevent you from endorsement for Exceptional Talent.

In all cases, Tech Nation experts will establish the only fact. They will tell the world either you meet the necessary criteria to be endorsed for Exceptional Talent or not. Then it will be possible to assess your profile as an Exceptional Promise.

It is very important to remember one more important aspect. The qualifying period for Settlement (ILR) depends on your visa. If you are Exceptional Talent, then three years required. For Exceptional Promise, you need to live in the UK for five years. Then you can become a British citizen.

Therefore if you get your Endorsement under a different route than you applied (Talent or Promise), it will affect your qualifying period for Settlement. Further information can be in the official Guidance for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa Home Office website.”

Support for Global Talent Visa Applications

First of all, you can always write to me regarding your questions. I will be glad to share my knowledge with you. Or even proofread your draft of Personal Statement for free. But remember: I am not a UK lawyer. Please, read my Disclaimer for the details.

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 governmental guidance and seek professional immigration advice where appropriate.

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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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