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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