Git Profile in Supporting Documents

Git profile among supporting documents for Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa application

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Git profile can help you to get Global Talent Visa! If you don’t believe me – just read the post below, which explains how to make it look neat and tidy :). As you can understand, today’s question is mainly about tech talents and their Git profiles. In brief, one of the potential applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa asked me: “I started contributing to the Git profile in the last 2 months only. Can you please tell me how I can fill this gap and attach this information to my visa application? “

What is Git profile and why it’s important for Global Talent Visa?

Git is a vital word in programming world (heh, I know :)). Officially, it is a distributed version control system for tracking changes in source code during software development. In simpler words, this means that the work among programmers is coordinated and any changes in files are tracked. This helps to speed up the collaboration, make integration process smooth and work with workflows in a better manner.

In fact, when I write about Git profile, it can be GitLab or Bitbucket profile as well. Since the principle of work is similar, you can rely on it as well. But the public awareness about other git-based systems is not so high. As a result, I recommend you to show off your Git profile as a source of your public impact.

Importance of Git profile for Tech Nation Visa

My answer regarding Git profile is quite pessimistic: don’t overestimate its importance. As the Tech Nation Visa Guidelines say, this document can be one of your evidence for Key Criteria. It may be useful if you are working on collaborative projects or any kind of socially useful digital projects.

At the same time, please, remember that dark-green squares in Github profile do not mean too much since:

  • they are based on your own commits. As a result – they cannot be investigated. Have you committed just one line of code or 1,000 – the square still will be green with the same opacity;
  • your commits can’t measure of your expert level at all. In other words, silly code can be committed with the same success as masterpieces;
  • your main competitor is only you. Let’s imagine: you prefer to have one commit a day because of your style of work. But on another day you made ten commits per day. This means that the shade of traditional green squares will be lighter because you have a new record level and top-performance.

That is why, first of all – you need to focus on the other supporting documents. Therefore, if you still will have space in your 10 supporting docs (that are allowed to apply) – then you can add the info from your Git profile.

Don’t add it for your Key Criteria if…

If you are working on your Git profile actively only the last two months before submission then read the next paragraph carefully.

This Git profile will not bring any benefits to your Global Talent Visa application. It will be clear that you made it active because of your future Tech Nation Visa application. Hence, it does not help to prove an important fact of your public impact on tech world in the past.

How you can explain your previous “silence” in the Git profile? Why haven’t you got any activities in the last years but only in a couple of months? If the answer is not straightforward, then don’t attach it for your Key Criteria, please.

Additionally, if you have any questions either about Git profile or about any other aspect of Global Talent Visa application, please, let me know. I will be glad to share my knowledge with you.

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.

Please, donate to this page if Talent Visa Help was useful for you.

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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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