Talent or Promise? 4 differences between global exceptional visas

Only you can assess yourself and understand is it better to apply for Promise or Talent

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Today we will rephrase a famous Shakespeare’s words “to be or not to be” into a slightly different manner. The question is “Talent or Promise”. In other words, “Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent Visa”.

Questions About Talent or Promise

I got a message from my reader: “Hi Andrii – some the exceptional promise visa exists for tech? Or only exceptional talent? I am wondering that. What the differences are…”

Firstly, I want to go to the official resources.


4 main differences when you choose between Talent or Promise

1. Definition

Tech Nation Guidelines have a very narrow explanation – Exceptional Talent is a recognised leader, but Exceptional Promise is an emerging leader. In other words, for Talent, you must win Nobel Prize but for Promise – just to be nominated. Joke :).

2. Requirements

Requirements for supporting documents in Exceptional Promise and Exceptional Talent visa applications are the same.

In other words, a person must have at least one Key criteria and at least two Qualifying criteria. But the difference is within each of these criteria.

For example, Exceptional Talent has to have a proven track record. However, Exceptional Promise needs to demonstrate his ability to get this record. Notably, a person has had two or more examples of innovation being a founder or an employee of the digital company.

3. Scope of Recognition

Briefly, the main difference between the Promise and Talent is in recognition of the talent. For Exceptional Promise – a person has to be recognised as a potential leader. But for Exceptional Talent – you have already had to be as a leading talent. How to understand this?

I believe the most relevant measuring will be through financial achievements. If you are a founder – check your revenue. When your company achieves its business goals and have a good profit, then you can apply for Exceptional Talent. But if you are just a founder of a company with zero pounds in a budget, think twice. Probably, it is better to try Exceptional Promise.

4. Period

Final and the most formal difference: Exceptional Talent Visa is issued for three years. After this period you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). Contrary, Exceptional Promise Visa is issued for five years. Hence, you can get your ILR later on, after this period.

Are you eligible for Talent or Promise?

As a result, I would like to write one more time – only you can assess yourself. Surely, you are the only person who knows your experience and achievements. Think about them. List them on paper. Then you will understand is it better to apply for Promise or Talent.

If you feel that you still have not achieved your primary goals as professional – probably, you have to think about Exceptional Promise. And if you understand that your highest peaks are ahead – it is better to choose Exceptional Promise.

Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa is the reason to expect something. Ground for the expectation of success, improvement, or excellence. By the way, I have it. Hence, may provide you insights 🙂

But if you are a successful entrepreneur in Digital Technologies with many years of experience and a good record of your milestones – apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

However, I must also pay your attention to two important things.

Firstly, several years in digital technologies are not enough neither for Promise nor for Talent. Just work at Digital Technologies is not enough for your eligibility. You must have some extra activities to show.

In any case, Endorsement Panel at Tech Nation has a right to change your visa route to Exceptional Promise and vice versa.

Good luck and if you have any questions – ask either here or via email.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a holder of Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa. He is an experienced entrepreneur, professional engineer, founder and CTO at Petiole and Alumni Mentor at GIST Tech-I Competition

One thought on “Talent or Promise? 4 differences between global exceptional visas”

  1. Florence Enoch hello I would like to find out the requirement for exceptional promise on the sciences so that my application may be prompted shortly thank you says:

    Please what is the requirement for exceptional promise natural science

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