Personal Statement for UK Exceptional Talent Visa in details

Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applications in details

Every time I receive a question from a future Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicant, I start to remember my feelings at some point of life when I was standing in him or her shoes.

I deeply understand what they are thinking and try to help as much as possible. I have already done some writing about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement. Today I will write a little bit more about a structure of the Personal Statement and some other related topics. By the way, you can find examples of Personal Statements in the Talent Visa App. I have developed it after numerous requests to provide a sample Personal Statement (and other supporting documents for visa application)

What to write?

In general, applying for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, I followed the recommendations of the Tech Nation UK Guidelines. However, they have given like the roadmap what to write. Hence, following critical aspects, only your creativity and imagination will help you to make not only informative but also entertaining Personal Statement. However, I am sure that for business guys, it is easier to write such stories than for techies. Because at the final point, it’s all about selling you and your skills.


In my Exceptional Talent Visa application, I have not done any subheading.
Your application will be shown in text format. No HTML-tags or any other formatting will be available (at least, when I have applied it was in this manner). That is why a plain text is the best option, and your Personal Statement will look like a story but not answers to the questions of these Guidelines.

Example of Personal Statement

And, finally, regarding the case of my Personal Statement, which I submitted to Tech Nation (it was Tech City UK then). I cannot make public my Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement. It is too personal and too sensitive for me. Again – if you want to have a sample of this document for tech or business route – download it in the Talent Visa App. However, I still can write the order of my thoughts so – here you are.


Firstly, I made my introduction and write why I am making this Personal Statement. Please, be humble and write concerning people who will spend some time to read your thoughts.

Past and accomplishments

After that, I have briefly told about my achievements in different tech areas, wrote about years of professional experience, my passion for entrepreneurship and my project. I mentioned about international recognition of my project (awards and participation in different international programmes).

The UK is the best. Isn’t it?

After this, I clarified why the UK is the best option for my startup and me to grow and become successful. Here I explain about key institutions with which I planned to collaborate and write about what they will gain benefits in cooperation with my projects.

London or not

Then the part I told about my choice of city (currently – London) but explained why I hope not to stop at the capital of the country and move in another region.

Future unicorns are coming

I made a paragraph about my amateur projects that are non-official at this time but hopefully, will be startups shortly. If you are working in your garage on a robot helping to assess Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement (joke!) – tell about this. Even if your garage is located far from the UK – Tech Nation needs to understand the scope of your ideas and talent.

Completely intimate

I have finished my statement with two sentences about my long-term plans and ask Tech Nation to support my visa application and make my dreams and ideas come true.


But the most important thing of your Personal Statement – you must be clear, honest and transparent. People who will read your Personal Statement will feel you through your words. Hence, be as you are and good luck with your writing.

PS: Advisers

If you need advice about your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Personal Statement РI suggest that most of the happy holders of this type of visa Рour Tech Nation Visa Alumni, will be glad to help you. Including me, surely :).

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.

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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

6 thoughts on “Personal Statement for UK Exceptional Talent Visa in details”

  1. I really appreciated your help and would like to ask a further few questions; What sort of evidence is best to provide/what stands out? I work as part of a digital agency but built tech stack and also grew clients that were start ups.are both of these relevant in your opinion?

    1. Hi Cameron,
      Thank you for your question.
      Every case is unique. Hence, what is working for one individual will not work for another one.
      When I have applied for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, I applied the following types of evidence: (1) Screenshots from media about my startup, (2) Certificates about wins in Hackathons, (3) Letter from organisators of international tech competition about my participation and finalist status, (4) Letters from a couple of individuals (potential employee, past co-worker with good reputation).
      Using my example, you can think about the next documents: (a) any type of certificates, diplomas or any other materials to confirm your high level of expertise or completed education; (b) any kind of letters (emails) from well-known or trusted people, companies or organisations with feedbacks that explain your positive influence on their business; (c) any type of screenshots with capture of your work, contribution to GitHub, forums or social media channels with high level of appreciation from other people.
      Any of your customers; past co-workers, employers; mates from University or collaborators from volunteering projects – all of them can support your application with their Letter.
      I hope these thoughts are helpful and ready to answer your other questions if you have them.

      Andrii Seleznov

  2. Hi Andrii,
    This is a great article and helped me a lot. One quick question on recommendations. The companies I have worked with or the people I know of, doesn’t have authority to use company letter heads (mostly HR people do). Do you think recommendations from their official email address will suffice? In case not, will a signed copy of the letter in a plain paper will do? I am really confused and your help will be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Sayan, thanks for your question.
      Yes, a signed letter on a plain A4 will work. But it is better not to abuse this possibility and provide only one Letter of Recommendation with lack of required formatting.

      Printed email is not so good option since it looks like a working document and does not provide appropriate level of officiality.


  3. Hi Andrii
    Can Senior QA Automation Engineer Apply for Global Talent Visa Category?
    Senior Qa Automation Role Includes :
    -WebApplication End – To End Testing
    -API Testing
    -Mobile Application Testing
    -Cloud Testing

    -Test Planing
    -Test Strategies
    -QA Team Management
    -Software Development Life Cycle
    -Software Testing Life Cycle

    Tools and Technologies Include :

    Language : Java Programmer , Selenium , Defect Tracking Tool – JIRA, Jenkins , GIT , GIT-HUB , PostMAn, Rest-Assured , Serenity-BDD, Cucumber , Test-NG , Junit , Build Tool – Maven ,CI-CD , Serenity-RestAPI etc.

    I request you to please check and advice

    1. Hi Sachin,
      You have a quite good technical background but how about extracurricular activities. Do you speak at conferences? Are you teaching at the University? Do you contribute to the open-source projects?


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