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

Switch from Tier 2 to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is not so difficult option as seems to be

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.

More Details About Switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

The same situation is with people who are recipients of Tier 1 (other types) and Tier 5 Visas. Being honest, I did not get many questions from them :). I regularly get questions from current students on Tier 4 General. They ask about a similar switch. But this is a completely separate story.

Hence, here I will publish my thoughts for potential applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from the army of Tier 2 Visa recipients. Physically, these people are already in the country. At the same time, application to switch to Tier 1 ET Visa is not completely clear for them. There are a couple of main issues in such talent visa applications.

Why do you want to come to the UK?

One of the hottest questions from this type of applicants was related to Personal Statement. For example, the question was about the answer to a specific question. I.e., why do you want to come to the UK as a skilled immigrant?

It is a little bit a silly question. Particularly, for a person who lives in the United Kingdom for years. However, this question is profound and well reasoned.

That is why I recommend you not to avoid it and answer.

A new life in your… old life

I think that for any applicant it’s essential to understand the only one thing. Not only in the UK but also outside of the country.

Switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is the beginning of a new journey. It is a milestone to launch new projects. As well as Time to get new skills and create new habits.

Hence, with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, a person may start a new life. With new roles and responsibilities even in the “old” country. To be a sole entrepreneur or co-founder in a company brings fresh emotions. It can’t be compared with any previous work experience. It feels like to be a newcomer to the United Kingdom. Even after many (or not so many) years of life in this country.

So think about the new life after the finish of your current employment status. As a result, you will get a strong Personal Statement that will help you with switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application.

Switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Tier 2, Tier 1 or Tier 5 is not so painless as many people may think
Switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Tier 2, Tier 1 or Tier 5 is not so painless as many people may think

What idea to avoid when switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

You must never say that you want to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in order to be free from Tier 2 slavery. Don’t write that you will apply for jobs by yourself and avoid further Tier 2 sponsors. This is not a winning strategy at all.

Please, don’t forget that switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa is not a substitution to your existing visa. And this unique talent visa route was not designed for that purpose. Hence, if you consider it only with an idea to get this freedom then stop, please. You won’t get Tech Nation Visa just to be free to choose the next employer.

Exactly now, think about thousands of applicants who already had the same idea. Without a doubt, they failed. Because to make an appropriate application you must provide not only proof of your professional value as an expert in digital technologies. They must give supporting documents to demonstrate a contribution to the whole technological ecosystem. Or at least a small area of it. For example, mentorship sessions for local University. Or consultancy for a school next door.

Please, to save your money and not waste efforts read this post one more time. Specifically, try to understand: if you do not have any extra-curriculum activities in your professional life as a recipient of Tier 2 General visa, the chances that you will switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa successfully are not so high…

Support With Your Switching to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

If you want to switch from Tier 2 Visa to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa or continue to live in the UK with this visa after Tier 4 Student visa (or Tier 5 visa), then let me know. I will be glad to share my knowledge on this point with you.

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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