Stage 2 or Visa Stage

Stage 2 is almost time to celebrate but there are last steps to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa

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If you are a lucky person who was endorsed by the Tech Nation, do not cheer yourself too early. Endorsement by Tech Nation UK in Digital Technology does not mean that you have Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Hence, you need to hurry up! Move on and apply for the Stage 2 or Visa Stage of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application. Important to remember: you have only 3 months for this. The starting point is a day of receiving the positive decision by Tech Nation in your Application for Endorsement in Stage 1. Hence, you must submit an application for entry clearance or leave to remain within this period. Since if you will not do this – an application will be refused.

Surely, I have chosen the first option. In a couple of days after obtaining my endorsement, I applied to the Visa Stage. Per se, this was a visa application as usual. However, for myself, I found a couple of new aspects.

Point of Biometric Residence Permit

After the initial application and signing visa declaration, you need to choose a point of Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) Collection. Write the postcode of the first point for your future coming to the UK. Consequently, it does not matter at all what place you will choose. For example, it can be an address of your work or AirBnB rented accommodation. At the same time, please, count days. You must collect your BRP within 10 working days of arriving in the UK.

Visa interview appointment

Actually, making an interview appointment in the Visa Centre was one of the most difficult tasks of Stage 2 of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application. However, I think it generally depends on the country of application. Anyway, in Ukraine, we had a very busy time schedule for free appointments. Furthermore, there is an option of paid services. Consequently, it is always possible to choose a flexible day and time.

Health Surcharge Payment

Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) Payment was pretty easy for me. So I had done this step in a few minutes. The main condition is having money and working debit/credit card. Leaping ahead, it was a challenging task for my dependents. I mean an Exceptional Talent Partner and Exceptional Talent Child. I made a conclusion that this visa route greatly appreciates sole talents. Having dependents is a very expensive thing.

Visa Payment

Visa Application final payment was also clear. It entirely depended on your positive debit/credit card balance. Without this payment, your application cannot be considered. If you cannot make a payment in a couple of hours, your visa interview appointment will be cancelled.

Finally, you need to do a routine applicant’s job: print the whole application, including appointment information and wait for the cherished date to bring this bundle of documents with other supporting information to the immigration officer at the UK Visa Centre.

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.

Talent Visa Help has been created for informational purpose and is not an official guidance for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application.

Talent Visa Help should not be used as a substitute for the official Tech Nation Guideline or Home Office Guideline. Talent Visa Help is NOT linked either with Tech Nation or Home Office. The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the texts belong solely to the authors at Talent Visa Help. The contents of Talent Visa Help do not constitute legal advice and authors accept no liability for the accuracy of information provided. Applicants should always consult the official governmental guidance and seek professional immigration advice where appropriate.

For additional assistance, please, contact help@talentvisahelp.com

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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