Today at the Forum I got a question to me about the powerful Letter of Recommendation.
“Hi Andrii, Please can you help explain what this below mean with respect to the letter of recommendation requirements for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
“Letters from individuals within service-based organisations (i.e. consultants, agencies, outsourcers, service/process delivery) are generally not considered appropriate”
An Official Part of the Requirements
A person who wants to get a Global Talent Visa must have three Letters of Recommendation.
Three letters of recommendation signed by three different senior members of different established organisations in the digital technology sector. The signatories must be familiar with the applicant’s work and their contribution to the digital technology sector, and be qualified to assess the applicant’s claim to be a leader or potential leader in this field.Tech Nation Visa Guideline, Documents & Evidence
I have many posts about Letters of Recommendation, which explain the basics. At the same time, it’s never bad to repeat.
Important Attributes of Powerful Letter of Recommendation
As a result, please, remember that each letter must comply with the following:
- have a date and not be hand-written (electronic signatures are allowed, by the way);
- quite a new thing. If you cannot get a letter on headed paper, then it must show the organisation logo and registered address;
- specifically, refer to and support your Global Talent application. It should not be a general or all-purpose letter;
- Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer, Finance Director or Head of Course can sign it. In other words, any C-suite manager is good for this;
- include details of the author’s credentials (for example, a curriculum vitae)
- be a maximum length of three single sides of A4 paper, excluding the author’s credentials and/or curriculum vitae.
Regarding the content of Letter of Recommendation, there is a list of parts to include:
- details of how the recognised expert knows the applicant
- applicant’s achievements in the specialist field;
- opinion about how you exhibit your talent or promise;
- opinion how the applicant would benefit from living in the UK;
- thoughts about the contribution a person would make to the UK digital technology sector;
- details of any future professional engagements the applicant has in the UK, where applicable
- contain full contact details, including telephone number and email address to verify the document if needed.
New Things About Powerful Letter of Recommendation
This is an interesting thing that there are some people, who cannot provide a powerful Letter of Recommendation. Even if the letter will be formally perfect.
For example, the CEO of HR agency writes you a Letter of Recommendation. On one hand, it will contain all the needed facts. On the other hand, it will not fit the requirements. Even if this is a very good HR agency. Or even if this is purely digitally tech HR agency.
Or a different situation. For example, an Immigration Consultant of UK-based company will provide you with a Letter of Recommendation. In general, it seems to be fine. But, again it will, probably, not work as well.
The same story with an outsourcing company. And any other wide-range consultancy.
The main focus of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (Global Talent Visa) route is on product-led backgrounds. As a result, any lack of focus on the product will be damaging. Even if you will get a letter from the C-level officer from the outsourcing company. It may be under a big question.
In view of this, I hope you feel the focus, which you need to have. Select your referees – it is truly important.
More Exceptions for Letter of Recommendation
The word “generally” in the sentence that you have quoted, means that there may be exсeptions.
For example, if this HR company /agency/outsourcer is:
- almost a billionaire or has a huge turnover;
- works in the high-profiled organisation;
- obtained a strong brand on the international tech scene;
- directly linked with tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, etc.
Then you may have luck. Due to the scope, this Letter of Recommendation may be good and Tech Nation may consider it as an appropriate one. But it is a very rare case.
In any case, if you have already got such letter from any of the people from the list above – you can, probably, attach these docs as supporting documents. I have already discussed the point of difference between a letter of recommendation and supporting letter.
As a result, you will have one more evidence. Yes, the signees are not famous and rich but provide you with a recommendation letter. Hence, please, use it. But not as one of the required three Letters of Recommendation.
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