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”.
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 🙂
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