Types of Supporting Documents

There are million types of supporting documents for Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa). Photo credit: Patrick Tomasso

If I will say that there is a specific number of types of supporting documents – this is not true. They are limitless. Hence, it is very easy to be lost in the ocean of relevant supporting documents. Still, which of them are the most helpful for the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa (Global Talent Visa) application? How to survive and select the best fit?

What Are the Supporting Documents?

Supporting documents is a package of up to 10 documents. They are attached to your Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application.

These documents are evidence of your expertise and achievement. They help Endorsement panel to assess your visa application. Also, they help to double-check facts, explained in Personal Statement and Letter of Recommendation.

Good examples of different types of supporting documents are provided by Tech Nation. They have ideas regarding Key Criteria and Qualifying Criteria. At the same time, applicants struggle to understand does their evidence fit the requirements. That’s why I decided to explain this topic a little bit more.

8 Most Powerful Types of Supporting Documents

Depending on their power, most of the talent visa applications are enriched with the following 8 types of supporting documents:

1. Personal Recommendations

However, please, do not mix it with Letter of Recommendation. You can ask your customer about it. Or you may request your ex-colleague or anyone else. Indeed, this person must assess your digital expertise to give you this type of supporting documents.

2. Certificates and Awards

Again, this is one of the most popular types of supporting documents. If you won a competition or hackathon – get the proof. Then attach it as evidence for your Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application. For instance, this is my own certificate. I attached it as one of my supporting documents:

This is a real example of types of supporting documents. This is a certificate that I was a runner-up at the Agro IT-Booster Hackathon with my project Petiole. I attached the certificate to my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application. By the way, you need to translate your supporting documents if they are not in English.
This is a real example of supporting documents. This is a certificate that I was a runner-up at the Agro IT-Booster Hackathon. I pitched my project Petiole there. I attached the certificate to my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Application. By the way, you need to translate your supporting documents if they are not in English.

3. Video with Significant Viewership

Let’s say you were a panellist at One Very Prestigious Conference. Then you were one of the most interesting speakers there. As a result, thousands of people watched the video of your presentation. As well as watch its live stream. In this case, yes, it will be a nice example of supporting documents.

4. Scientific Papers

Not so many applicants have them. But, for sure, it is one of the strongest types of supporting documents. What is important – you do not need to be published in a journal.

I mean, this is very good if your scientific paper will be listed in one of the world-class research journals. But even if not, please, still attach it. Or add its abstract with key information.

5. Your News Article or Op-ed as Supporting Documents

While this is not the same as a scientific paper. Your news article is a good example. Or op-ed will work too. In other words, any piece of your writing can be short and explain some narrow point of digital technologies.

Importantly, you must be an author (or co-author) of the article. But you must have a link between your expertise and this published material.

6. Interview or News Clippings About You as well as Your Product

In contrast with the paragraph above, this article should not be written by you. But it has to feature your expertise and achievement in digital technology. When the article is about your product, your name must be there too. Or the article has to show evidence that you have made a significant contribution to it.

For example, this is my own evidence again. I attached this supporting document to my talent visa application:

My startup Petiole was featured by American business channel CNBC as one of the 20 world's hottest start-ups of 2015. I attached the printed news about this as one of my supporting documents in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Example of types of supporting documents
My startup Petiole was featured by American business channel CNBC as one of the 20 world’s hottest start-ups of 2015. I attached the printed news about this as one of my supporting documents in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

7. Github, StackOverflow or WordPress profiles

Of course, this evidence is truly personal. Though the winning one for technical Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants. Still, if you have a good number of followers – half of the job is done. Think about your impact on the community and open source projects. If it is strong, then it worth to add a brief about your profile. Add it as one of the supporting document.

8. Online Education Evidence

Almost each Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) applicant has this type of supporting documents. But, the list of them does not have limits as well :).

Starting from well-known Coursera and Udacity and finishing with your local unknown education providers. All these certificates are relevant. Just show clear progression and achievement of your technical or commercial skills. It will be true enough.

Value of Different Types of Supporting Documents

There is no scale to measure the priority of documents and its “weight”. Still, there are basic principles to asses. Hence, you can say is the document good for you or not.

To be sure, answer the following questions regarding each evidence in your list of supporting documents:

  • Does it have your name?
  • Is it issued within one year (maximum 3 – 5 years)?
  • Does it promote your digital expertise?
  • Does it have name of the person who made it for you?
  • Have you got it in relation to your Global Talent Visa (Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) application?

If you will answer these questions, then you will see what documents are strong on your list of evidence. At the same, do not hurry up to throw the weak evidence into the rubbish bin.

According to Guideline, you may have 10 supporting documents. Hence, add each document until you will reach the maximum.

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.

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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

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