Letter of Recommendation: Questions About Address And Template

Letter of Recommendation: questions about address and template

Recently I have got a quite simple but essential question regarding what address in Letter of Recommendation is better to use. Also, I shed light on sample of Letter of Recommendation as a part of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. Surely, it will be helpful for someone else.

Letter of Recommendation – What Address to Use?

“Just basic question I have? How does my referee address UKVI in the reference letter? Which address to use?”

Exceptionally Talented Reader of the Blog

Answer: When you apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, there is no need to send any Letter of Recommendation to the United Kingdom. But if you need more reasoning – here you are :).UKVI is an abbreviation for UK Visas and Immigration. 

This title is old. Now the governmental agency, which works with Tech Nation Visas, is called Home Office. Anyway, your referee, in other words, a person who signs Letter of Recommendation for you, should not send any letters to the Home Office.

Work with such correspondence requires too much time and financial efforts. 

But, instead of Home Office, (s)he must send you an original (or scanned copy of original) of the Letter, and you will attach this document to your visa application. If (s)he wants to address a particular designed body – it is better to write this letter for Tech Nation.

This body is an organisation, that will consider your visa application and assess provided Letters of Recommendation and other supporting documents. Tech Nation provides Endorsement to visa applicants but not Home Office. That is why sending your Letter of Recommendation to the Home Office may be a mistake. For other Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa routes (not in Digital Technologies)  there are additional requirements, but for Tech Nation Visa we have this rule. 

Template to draft a Letter of Recommendation

Hi, I am preparing my visa application and need a template of Letter of Recommendation. Can you share it with me? Thanks

Exceptionally Talented Reader of Blog

 Answer: every Letter of Recommendation is a masterpiece about a particular person. You cannot find two letters with the same text since it catches the eye of Endorsement Panel. You can provide a too descriptive and generic letter (probably, you will copy-paste it from the Internet). Then you will never get an Endorsement.

So, a template of the Letter of Recommendation is not a new topic (as well as Personal Statement example).

But I have already written a couple of times about what to write in any of these documents. Hence, if we are talking about the Letter of Recommendation (basics are explained here).

What Information Do You Need to Include?

So the main idea behind this document is the following. The letter of recommendation is an acknowledgement of the trusted person about your profile as a talent in Digital Technology, who can bring extra energy into the UK’s tech ecosystem. You must know this core and draft it for your referee in accordance with this point.

I must say that you can help your trusted person and provide your draft of Letter of Recommendation and (s)he will improve it. This act is not forbidden, and it will be a helpful thing for your referee. But again, the foundation of this letter should not be found on websites.

It has to have a description of your projects and why your referee believes in them. It has to have information about your initial meeting or contact and other quite personal details. And that is why you cannot find any Letter of Recommendation from Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa holder in open public access.  It is too personal to be shared on the world wide web.

Finally, I must say that I created two examples of Letters of Recommendation based on successful real-life cases of people who were endorsed by Tech Nation. So if you need more details, you can find them here.

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4 thoughts on “Letter of Recommendation: Questions About Address And Template

  1. Thanks for this. Please any idea how old a letter of recommendation be to deemed to old to be presented? I got my two letters dated early 2018 and now we are in 2019 I’m still gathering other requirements.

    1. Good afternoon Temi,

      Your letters must be not older than one year after the date of signature. Hence, if your Letter is signed in 2018 – it is better to ask your signer about re-signing the Letter of Recommendation with a new date. If you cannot ask this person about new favour – you can attach this letter as a Supporting Document and try to find another referee to sign a new Letter of Recommendation for you.

      Andrii Seleznov

    1. Hi Thilan,
      Thank you for your message and question.
      Why do you need the Tech Nation’s address? What do you plan to send there? Or you would like to visit them personally? In any case, it will be a failure since Tech Nation does not work with applicants directly. They do not get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applications from the people. Only Home Office sends them to Tech Nation to endorse. That’s why, please, feel free to send me a personal message and tell why do you need their address. I will try to support you with my knowledge.

      Andrii Seleznov

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