Am I qualified for Tech Nation Visa?

Do I have enough qualifications for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa? Or Exceptional Promise Visa?

Today I want to focus on a question I get quite frequently. It is about eligibility to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa having enormous experience in tech (or digital business).
Perhaps, my thoughts will be interesting for you and help in your personal case. By the way, any sensitive information was deleted or replaced.

Hi Andreii

I am currently working as Practice Architect at a Big Company on Digital Technologies (AWS Cloud, BigData & IoT, DevOps). I have over 15+ Years of Experience worked in different countries. I am currently looking to move to the United Kingdom to work as an entrepreneur/freelancer.

I have a strong education in Computer Science from one of the leading African Universities and also I have the following certifications:

  • AWS Cloud Certified Developer,
  • AWS Cloud Certified Solution Architect-Associate,
  • Sun Certified Java Programmer,
  • SAP Certified Portal Developer,
  • SAP Certified Portal Technical Consultant,
  • SAP Certified Solution Manager,
  • SAP Certified CRM Developer.

I am trying to reach you after reviewing your blog. Am I qualified under Tech Nation Visa (UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa)?

If yes, I appreciate if you could respond with steps to take this forward.

An Applicant

My thoughts on eligibility for Tech Nation Visa

Actually, this was my answer to the person.

There are two core ideas behind the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route in the UK:

  • This is not a substitution of Tier 2 General Visa (when an employer pays for a visa in order to bring an employee to the UK).
  • It is developed to attract more digital talents into the UK in order to start own business or enhance existing tech companies with new skills.

That is why you need to think about the purpose you want to live and work in the UK. If you have an idea to start a company or you want to positively influence the tech community of the UK in any other way – that’s completely relevant and welcomed. However, it will not be enough just to say that you want to be an independent contractor and bring extra value through your work. You must show a clear plan for your activity in the UK in order to get the Tech Nation Visa.

So it depends completely on your feelings and plans.

Finally, yes, technically, you have a strong background in tech so it will work beneficially for your visa application when you will decide to apply. But I need to say that the number of years of experience does not influence too much on the final decision.

I know about different (sometimes opposite) situations when a person with 10+ years of experience in the international company was not endorsed and another applicant – with just 4 years of work, got an endorsement.
Your Personal Statement, Letters of Recommendation and Supporting Documents altogether are more important than an exceptional CV.

However, as you understand – for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa every case is unordinary and unique so think about your plans and read details and further steps in the Tech Nation UK Guidelines.

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

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

10 thoughts on “Am I qualified for Tech Nation Visa?”

  1. Hi Andrii,
    Currently I am working as SAP Finance Functional consultant at top MNC company. Also I have 12+ years experience with famous and top global clients.
    My professional qualification is MBA in Finance from one of the leading India University and also I have the 3 Global SAP certifications.

    I am currently looking to move United Kingdom to work as an Consultant / freelancer/Start a Consultancy for searching good SAP consultants for UK companies.

    I am trying to connect you after reviewing your blog. Based on above my profile, Can I qualified under Tech Nation Visa (UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa)? Please provide your feedback. Thank you!


    1. Hi Raja,
      Thank you for your question.
      Perhaps, my understanding of SAP is not too deep but first question which I have as a professional engineer who works in digital technologies – how does your experience in SAP correlates with digital technologies? I believe that it may be relevant and you may be eligible for applying for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies but first of all, you must prove your link as a person with background in finance AND digital technologies.
      Based on this, you can suggest what type of visa route you can apply – Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent. Considering your 12+ years in industry it seems that Talent Visa route may be good but then you need to provide enough evidence to demonstrate your achievements as a leader in your area. And also, from your brief I cannot suggest are you following a technological side (software solutions) or business side (analytical and managerial work). I believe the second one due to MBA however, in our community of Tech Nation visa holders I met programmers with MBAs, hence, you never know).
      So I hope you got some clue to your own question in my thoughts but if the situation is still too unclear – drop me an email at and I will do my best to share my ideas with you.

      Andrii Seleznov

      1. Hi Andrii,
        Thanks for your email and details.
        Based on your latest update in blog, I assumed there is some confusion in your thoughts about my case.

        Hence, again I am explaining about my qualification, back ground and work experience.

        My Qualification is done MBA with Finance specialization in one of India leading university in 2002.
        After that I have done my job in Finance related role and gained good experience in Finance functions.

        Based on the my education qualification and work experience, in 2006 I have entered in SAP- FICO Skill set and working as SAP FICO (Finance & Controlling) Functional Consultant , Still I am continuing with the same role. From the last 13 years I have worked as consultant role with many big clients some are Saint Gobain Glass, Microsoft, ArcelorMittal, GSK, Bridgestone, Tullow Oil, Stanley Black & Decker, Sandvik…etc.

        With these clients worked as Individual FICO consultant means I have provided my own subject exposure, support, implemented good practices and explained due diligence practise to them. Based on these experience, I have entered in SAP S/4 HANA functionality since this is latest digital core business technology from SAP.

        Also I have upgraded with latest new technologies in SAP Finance Skill sets with SAP certifications. Currently I holding the below SAP Global Certifications.
        1. SAP Finance Certified in ECC 6 EHP 5
        2. SAP Controlling Certified in ECC 6 EHP 4
        3. SAP S/4 HANA for Financial Accounting 1709

        Based on above details, Shall I eligible or qualified for Tech nation Visa (UK Tier 1 exceptional Talent Visa). Please let me know in case you need any further details or clarification about my details. Waiting for your latest update. Many Thanks for your support!

        Best Regards,

      1. Hi Siri,
        Thanks for your messages. Yesterday I sent you an email. Please, check your mailbox and I will wait for your details to clarify the chances of your eligibility to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies.

        Andrii Seleznov

  2. Hi Andrii,
    I’m a post-graduate(MSc – Computer Technology) with 9 years of experience in various aspects of the Software Quality Assurance like CRM Salesforce Functional Testing, Product Testing, API Testing, Web Application Testing, and Mobile application testing.

    From the past 5 years, I’m testing Cloud applications – Salesforce (marketing and sales clouds).

    I wanted to relocate to the UK, Can I qualify under Tech Nation Visa? Kindly provide your feedback.

    1. Dear Pankaj, thank you for your message and question.
      Regarding your background – I see that you have appropriate experience in Digital Technologies. Hence, you work in the right area to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
      However, you must think not only about (a) area of your work, (b) duration of your work but also about (c) achievements and successful results in your positions, (d) extra-curriculum activities within your area.
      Two last points are critical too. This visa route is designed not only to bring brightest talents to the UK but also, positively influence on the technological ecosystem.
      Hence, you must work as a talent but also share your knowledge and skills in your professional area.
      I hope you understand what aspect you need to think about and I am ready to continue our dialogue either here or via

      Andrii Seleznov

  3. Hi Andrii

    I am interested in applying for Tier 1 exceptional talent visa.
    I have been doing software testing for over 9 years and have worked in different sectors. I am currently working in the payments space.
    Based on the summary above, do you think I qualify for Tier 1 exceptional talent visa?

    1. Hi Femi,
      Thanks for your question.
      An expert in Software Testing may be qualified to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technology but depends on the personality of the applicant.
      This visa route – it is not about profession or years of experience. It is about your impact on the tech community you live now and in future – what positive changes can you generate in the UK if you get this visa.
      That is why it is better to:
      1) read the Guidelines, provided by Home Office and Tech Nation (two separate documents)
      2) try the Tech Nation Quiz to get the highlight of your chances to apply for this visa.

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