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Should I have a startup to get Endorsement?

Startup is definitely a good attribute of a potential Tech Nation Visa applicant but...

After browsing profiles of actual holders of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa or Tier 1 Exceptional Promise visa, there is a danger to worry. And think that startups are a natural attribute of these people.

However, there is true and false in these thoughts. Simultaneously.
Yes, I agree that over 80% of all people within the mentioned community have already founded (or co-founded) their startups. BUT!

Sure, entrepreneurship is a central idea behind the Tech Nation Visa Scheme (with this so-called UK startup visa). This idea is a way to attract and bring technical talents to the United Kingdom. Hence, to be extraordinary tech expert at the international company or technology-related community is better than to have an empty startup. I mean having just an idea of something like “new-Facebook” or “next-Uber”.

If you do not have a startup now – no worries, check the Guidelines, write about your clear UK-based roadmap in your statement, prepare documents and ask for recommendation letters.

An applicant will be successful if he has already made a substantial impact on the UK economy via his activity in digital technology.
Hence, again: it does not matter too much are you an employee or a startup founder. You need to explain what benefit the UK will gain if the Home Office will give you this Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.

Maybe, today’s role is an exceptional employee, but tomorrow you will find some extraordinary to work. Even if you do not see anything – there are no problems too. You will bring your tech experience as a priceless person at the employer’s company and contribute taxes and National Insurance payments into the budget.

Tier 2 to Tier 1 Switch

However, there is also one question without an answer. It is related to people who want to switch to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Tier 2 Visa. I mean when an employer is mainly responsible for this visa, and a person is linked only with him. The problem is in the purposes. I suggest this switch is possible when you want to become free from your employer to start your own business. But if you wish to just to come out from your employer to be free in the choice of your next employer(s)… The outcome is unclear.

Anyway, please, do not try to make a startup quickly – just to fit the general image taken out of the Tier 1 Exceptional Visa holders’ crowd.

Be yourself, an expert in your field, a real talent with proven records of achievements. Our community will be glad to meet you. Either an employee of Some Cool Company or an inspired entrepreneur with a startup in the pocket 🙂

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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One thought on “Should I have a startup to get Endorsement?

  1. Hi,

    I have 5 years of software development experience. In between for exactly one hour I had my own startup. My startup was selected for a very popular Accelerator program in San Francisco. The investment from the accelerator company was $75k. I also had few small clients. My startup is closed now but I can provide these details with financial proof from the investment company by getting a letter.

    Is is a good choice for mandatory criteria no: 2. Or should I use offer letters from the employers I have worked for so far and generate a employment contract. Which is the best choice for mandatory criteria for my case.

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