Exceptional Promise with 10+ Years of Tech

To be Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent? - Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

During the last 7 days I got 3 Messenger requests about importance of over 5 years of professional experience to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies. And also, some people were asking about getting Exceptional Promise visa with 8+ years of work in tech. Let’s try to answer the latest of the requests together.

I have 10 years of DevOps experience. And I’m a Certified in AWS, Docker and Kubernetes.

Currently, I work at The Company as Principal Software Engineer DevOps.

Does my profile suit Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (particularly, Exceptional Promise)?

Exceptionally Talented Reader of Blog

Background for Exceptional Promise

Hi, thanks for your question. I think your background is truly great and is completely good as a basis for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

But, as you can find in Tech Nation Visa Guidelines, the main point in this visa route is not just the amount of years.

You can work 30 years somewhere in a well-known organisation and still have no chances to get Global Talent Visa. 

You must demonstrate how you will improve the UK tech ecosystem if you will have this visa. I mean what the UK will gain if you come here?

Just a new employee to some company – it is good. But believe me, it is not a very strong position.

In your Personal Statement, you must provide some plan for what you will do here with your great professional experience and knowledge. 

Ideas about startups, open-source projects, speaking at tech conferences, mentoring or something like that. You have to write your plans in Personal Statement (as well as a brief about your existing experience that will be your foundation for future achievements). 

Number of Years for Exceptional Promise

The second part of the question is about the relevance of many-many years of tech experience for Exceptional Promise visa route. Short answer – number of years does not influence too much on your visa route. As I have already mentioned in a couple of my blog posts, in my own story I went through this way. 

When I applied a couple of years ago, I had 5+ years of web development (and 3+ years of mobile development).

But I applied for Exceptional Promise. Why that? Because I believe that my biggest achievements in Digital Technologies are ahead. And my professional completion as a Senior Software Engineer is not the final goal of myself. That is why only you can feel are you a Talent or Promise.

Think about readiness to move further (or are you already in a good destination where you want to stay in professional life)? If you are the first one and think about new tech adventures – you have to apply for Promise. If you are already hiding your Nobel Prize in Digital Technologies (joke :)) – you are Exceptional Talent. In quite unique cases Tech Nation can change the choice.

So if you will have any other questions – let me know. Good luck with your visa application!

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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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