Continuous Learning: Not The Easiest Qualifying Criteria

Continuous Learning as one of Qualifying Criteria for UK Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa). Photo Credit: Anna Earl

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Continuous Learning was one of the easiest qualifying criteria of the UK Global Talent Visa. However, starting from December 1, 2020, this criterion has been removed from the list of eligibility criteria for Global Talent Visa. In this article we analysed this criterion and its effectiveness. However, please, remember: now Continuous Learning is not an eligibility criteria for Tech Nation Visa.

Information, provided below, is written for general information purposes.

What Is Continuous Learning?

If we read the Tech Nation Visa Guidelines, we can find the following explanation of “continuous learning” as qualifying criteria for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa:

Continuous learning is defined as being able to show a record of consistent and frequent patterns of study, ranging over an extended period of time (e.g. the past 5 years). Each course should have required at least 20 hours to complete and you should evidence the hours required for each course. Short courses (less than 20 hours) would not be considered sufficiently strong evidence.

Tech Nation Visa Guidelines

In other words, continuous learning consists of the next parts:

  • this is a recent activity. For example, if you finished a course at Coursera six years ago, then it is irrelevant. You need to have something fresher.
  • the course must have at least 20 hours of duration. Otherwise, you will not sound good with this evidence. As a result, you can attach evidence of 5-hours course as a supporting document. But also you must have one more appropriate evidence of continuous learning if you prefer this qualifying criterion.
  • the completion must be successful. Tech Nation doesn’t say a clear definition for this. But it exists and read a story below to understand what does this mean.
  • in the perfect case, it must have a practical application. Indeed, if you show that you are not a theoretical guru but practical expert, then it will double your scores.

Continuous Learning within last 5 years

It was always an issue for applicants to demonstrate their learning journey. Moreover, I must say that only recently we got clarification about 5 years.

Previously, talents and promises had the only “one-year requirement”. It works now as well. All supporting documents must be dated within 1 year back from the date of visa application.

The story about courses, completed in the last 5 years before application, is simple. If you have just one evidence, which is older, than 5 years, than you will fail.

What to do in a more complex situation? For example, you apply for Global Talent Visa before October 2020 (as I suggested here). One of your certificates about continuous learning is dated in 2016. But the other was issued in 2014.

Then you must be sure about the right format of the certificate of 2016. It must have all information about over 20 hours as well as successful completion. However, when you will apply your documents (and you will have room within 10 supporting documents), do one more trick. I still recommend you to attach “old” certificate of 2014. Even it is outdated. But it demonstrates your progress in the field. Tech Nation will consider these documents together.

Importance of at least 20 hours

This is also quite a new clarification. Previously, there was no minimum limit of hours you must-have of the course. Now, it exists.

Surely, it’s quite high. Thinking about the 2-hour session a day, you must spend at least 10 days, learning the course.

Moreover, you must clearly state the number of hours. Or provide a brief that will demonstrate the overall duration of the course.

For example, one applicant told me that failure to provide this information was not acceptable for Tech Nation Visa.

The applicant told: "[...] on the following review, the application was mention that I did not indicate the number of hours for continuous learning"
The applicant told: “[…] on the following review, the application was mention that I did not indicate the number of hours for continuous learning”

Successful Completion of the Course

If you attach a certificate about the completed course, you must have a high score. In other words, you must gain over 70% of points. Otherwise, you may fail.

To illustrate this “rule of thumb” I can show you a part of real decision about rejection of Endorsement.

As you can see, the main part of the decision, related to the Continuous Learning, is:

Although the applicant may have undertaken a number of courses, the results do not place her in a top 1% position that might indicate a superior talent; in fact, based on the evidence presented from the A*** course, the applicant just barely met the pass threshold.

Endorsement Panel of Tech Nation

In conclusion, if you have completed a course and got only 65%, I would like to re-think applying this document. Either Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent means only the highest achievements. Hence, if you have an average result, it is better not to focus on it. Because it may negatively influence the overall mark of your Global Talent Visa application.

Demonstrate Practical Application of Continuous Learning

I put the attention of all people who write me about Continuous Learning. It is important to show off not only the nice certificates.

To be sure that you will impress with your continuous learning, you must show the practical results of your study.

If you can write how you apply the knowledge. Or put, for example, a case study with your newly obtained skill. This will be the best thing, which can you demonstrate as continuous learning.

Support with your Continuous Learning questions

And a final point. Your situation may be quite unique. I understand this.

Hence, if you have any questions about Continuous Learning as one of your Qualifying Criteria for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa), please, don’t worry. You can write your specific questions to me. And I will be glad to share my knowledge with you.

Once again: please, use this article to make your understanding of Global Talent Visa route deeper. However, Continuous Learning is not a relevant criterion for Tech Nation Visa starting from December 1, 2020

Andrii Seleznov

Please, pay your attention that Talent Visa Help is not updated anymore. Starting from January 5, 2021, I don't proofread drafts of Personal Statements, Letters of Recommendation or any supporting documents. Also, I do not answer individual questions either via email or Linkedin. For more details, go to the Global Talent Visa Help Updates.

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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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