Main Rules for Letter of Recommendation

Example of Letter of Recommendation for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

There are a couple of rules for successful Letter of Recommendation in Exceptional Talent Visa application. Sure, the Tech Nation Guidelines clearly declare the content and format of a recommendation letter. But since the number of questions on this topic is always high, I decided to pay more attention to it.

It is a great fortune to find eligible people. They can give you such recommendations and life is excellent in this case. In other words, you know a person who helps you and is:

  • a senior member (C-suite) of established organisation in the digital technology sector;
  • This organisation could be an institution or a company with a well-established national or international reputation. But preferably, it has to be a UK-based organisation; and recognised expertise in the digital technology sector.

What to write in a Letter of Recommendation?

If you have already known such a person – you are a lucky talent. Move further. Now you need to ask The Person about two things. Firstly, to write what was in the past (your past) and, secondly, what possibly can be in your future.


The person has to detail your achievements in your specialist field. How, in the opinion of the author, you have demonstrated that you are a world leader or demonstrate significant potential in your area. What achievements do you have? Why are you such a unique and perspective lady or gentleman?

Also, it will be useful to mention how have you met or know each other (via personal relationship or reputation). Hence, people who will assess your documents will not have any further questions neither to you nor to your referee.


It has to be not a pure fantasy. The Person has to suggest what will be in your future in the UK if you will get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. This person has to describe how you would benefit from living in the UK and the contribution you could make to the UK digital technology sector.

What to double-check?

Additional task to you is checking details about the person who will give you a recommendation letter. If a referee does not include a brief of his / her credentials, you need to add the author’s credentials (for example, a CV/resume). The simplest way is to find information at your referee’s LinkedIn profile, company or University page.

Double-check full contact details of the author. Including personal email address and direct telephone number. Having a minor misunderstanding representative of the body who will assess your application, will make personal contact. Hence, your task is to make their life easier. Please, be sure to include all of these contacts.

Essential details about Letter of Recommendation

Finally, below I provide at least three of the answers for questions that appeared in my head when I was seeking for a person who can help me with writing such a letter

Headed paper

Shall it be only on headed paper? In most cases, yes. So you must do your best to receive such recommendation letters on a special paper with clear identification sign of your signer’s company or organisation. However, they might be on the plain paper A4 (not headed). However, this exception concerns only exceptional cases. For example, when you receive such a letter from C-suite managers of international companies like KPMG, Microsoft, Alibaba or similar. The internal compliance of such companies may not permit them to sign such kind of letters on headed paper.

Title of a Signee for Letter of Recommendation

Can I send a recommendation letter from the receptionist / Junior QA / HR at Google (IBM, Apple, etc.)? I suggest this supporting letter would be a nice addendum to your supporting documents. Sure, if you will not overreach the limit of 10 supporting docs. Some of my recommendations I have added as a supporting document. But it will not work for a recommendation letter. Even if this letter is on headed paper from a well-known organisation. This link between the highest level of management of the company and headed paper cannot be breached.

Special, not general

May I use a recommendation letter that CEO from Twitter (Uber, Petiole, etc.) gave me during my internship at their company last summer? 

No, it also can be a supporting document. But a recommendation letter must be written for the only purpose – to support your UK Tier 1 Exceptional Promise (Talent) Visa application. Its format and content are shaped for completing the unique and challenging task to assess you as a talent and expert in your field.

Finally, as Guidelines say: “The letter should not be a general all-purpose reference letter”. Hence, be precise in choosing what to give to the Tech Nation.

Example of Letter of Recommendation for Talent Visa

If you need an example of Recommendation Letter for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (or Personal Statement, CV and other supporting documents) – please, feel free to find them with More Talent Visa Help.

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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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