Today at the Forum I got a question to me about a good Letter of Recommendation.
“Hi Andrii, Please can you help explain what this below mean with respect to the letter of recommendation requirements for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
“Letters from individuals within service-based organisations (i.e. consultants, agencies, outsourcers, service/process delivery) are generally not considered appropriate.
Answer: “Thanks for your question to me.
This is a completely new thing. It has appeared in the latest Guidelines and we did not have it in the past.
This sentence simply means that not all people can give you a Letter of Recommendation. If the CEO of HR agency will write you a Recommendation Letter it will not fit the requirements. Even if this is a very good HR agency. Or even if this is purely digitally tech HR agency.
It also means that there are exemptions from overall rule. To be on C-suite is not enough for providing the letter.
Also, there is a different example. If an Immigration Consultant of UK-based company or any other well-known international organisation will provide you with this letter – it will, probably, not work.
The same story with an Outsourcing company. Since the main focus of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route is on product-led backgrounds, even the C-level officer from the outsourcing company may be under a big question.
More Exceptions for good Letter of Recommendation
The word “generally” in the sentence that you have quoted, means that there may be exсeptions. Hence, if this HR company /agency/outsourcer is (1) billionaire with a huge turnover, (2) high-profiled organisation with a strong brand on the international tech scene, (3) can be directly linked with tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. – you may have luck and this Letter of Recommendation may be considered as an appropriate one. But it is a very rare case.
In any case, don’t cry if you have already got such a letter from any of the people, I mentioned above. Just, probably, attach these docs as supporting documents. They are not famous and rich but provide you with a recommendation letter – that’s fine, use it. But not as one of the required three Letters of Recommendation.”
Two managers from the same company
This is a case for future Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa rejection. You must provide two (or even three) Letters of Recommendation as it is required now. But if your letters will be from managers of the same company – you will definitely fail. It’s not a question at all. Moreover, there are existing cases when people got non-endorsements because of this.
By the way, take care and don’t provide too many documents from the same company at all. I mean you can be an employer at company A but will provide two letters of recommendation from officials of company B. It will still not work.
Remember, your letters of recommendation must come from different organisations. And they may not be located in the UK. However, they must be international.
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