Supporting documents dated over 1 year

Supporting documents for Endorsement Stage of Talent Tech Visa application

Today I get quite interesting question about the supporting documents for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. Why it was interesting for me? Because when I was preparing my package, I had docs, that were not so “fresh” (I mean docs, issued to me 2 and 3 years back). So it is really a problem, knowing the official caution in the Guidelines about 1-year documents). So… what to do – to add them or not to add.

Question: Shall I include my Marketing Award which I won in 2014? I was featured on the magazine as a winner of prestigious industry award in 2014? Is this good evidence?


Regarding the award in 2014 – short answer: I think yes, BUT we need to understand that it will be at least half-scored (the Guidelines say: “please note that any evidence dating back more than a year will not qualify”, however, everything is not so clear as seems to be with this caution). Person cannot become a good specialist within one year so the task of supporting documents in a part of continuous learning is to show your constant improvement as an expert in you area. That is why, if you will show your way – how you have reached your annual professional destinations and get some recognition – it will fulfill the purpose of supporting documents for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Moreover, as I suggest this is not the only supporting document and you will have something fresher. By the way, you can provide even a couple of documents dated 2014 or 2015, however, as I said previously – show that these achievements were not your final destinations and you are doing something greater in the last 4 years.

Hence, in conjunction with other docs it will show your continuous growth as a professional starting from 2014. But again – keep the balance. The “old” docs (I mean dated 2014 or 2015) has to be not more than 1/3 of your 10 supporting documents. In other case, the Assessment Panel will understand that you have not get anything else since that time – just the successful things in your past.

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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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