10 reasons of non-Endorsement

Non-Endorsement in Exceptional Talent Visa - reasons why and what to do next

Today I took 10 official reasons from the real-life letters about non-Endorsement. Obviously, it is a sad news to get such letter after so hard preparations for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. That’s why in order to avoid getting this unlucky decision, you must check your own visa application regarding its compliance to the issues mentioned below.

  1. Little evidence a proven track record of innovation in the digital technology sector director or an employee.
    One of two key criteria has to be met. You can demonstrate evidence for two criteria simultaneously but you cannot avoid this step at all.  Perhaps, you have a question what can be a “proven track record”? In general, it is extract of your employment contract. You cannot apply the whole document since it is not required and in most cases, it has too many pages. That is why, you can add evidence like letter from the employer, extract of employment agreement or any other official reference that clearly states your company, position, salary, duration of work, etc.
  2. Internal achievement certificates in the company, awarded by the applicant’s employer, cannot be considered in any way to be a form
    of recognition outside their immediate occupation.
    If you get a Certificate gifted by your company’s CEO to you because you are the most talented and skilled person in the team – this does not mean your excellence among all other digital experts. What I mean – this certificate will definitely add you some value as one of 10 supporting documents. But this proof is too weak in order to show the high level that you have achieved outside your own work. You need something else.
  3. Nor is there substantial evidence of recognition for work outside their
    immediate occupation.
    Very similar reason to the mentioned above but it is related with you routine job. Many applicants made this mistake: they provide two Letters of Recommendation from the managers of their own companies or attach 10 supporting documents related only with their work experience in current (or previous) company. You must diversify your documents as much as possible to demonstrate your ability to influence on many people.
  4. Based on the evidence presented from the Advanced Marketing course, the applicant just barely met the pass threshold.
    If you want to add any certificate or other evidence of achievement – care about the level of it. You cannot add a document with average (or minimal) score and claim that you are an Exceptional Promise (or even Exceptional Talent). Sometimes it is better to avoid applying document that can decrease level of your visa application.
  5. No meaningful evidence to support the required key criteria.
    If you will provide great documents for qualifying criteria but not key criteria docs – you will get non-Endorsement. And vice versa. These two types of evidence is related and dependent on each other. Hence, it is better to apply as much evidence as you can and do not hope that your talent will be seen between the lines. You clearly need to show documents.
  6. The letters of recommendation are largely generic, speaking to the applicant’s skills and temperament and fail to provide specific examples of innovation.
    One of my most “favourite” topics. Many future applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa are seeking for a C-suite level manager to get a Letter of Recommendation. As I know, they even provide an example sometimes. But not too many people are successful with this process. Since usually, the text of such letters is copy-pasted from the first result of search engine search. Mainly, such letters write about experienced experts, many years of real experience and hard-working type of behaviour. But nothing specific. And this is an obvious reason why the letter becomes generic. To avoid this problem, ask your trusted signer to write about your projects and contributions, your very unique skills and experiences.
  7. The applicant’s track record was not sufficiently strong to be endorsed under Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent).
    You cannot work 10 years as a junior and middle-level programmer in an average-size SME with 20 employees and without significant documentary proof get Endorsement. I mean, if your professional career was not shining by big names like Google or IBM but you were a star out of your everyday job – it is completely fine. But you cannot be ordinary person and get this visa, you must do something professionally unusual and challenging and provide supporting documents about that.
  8. It is clear the applicant is well regarded, but there is a need of clear evidence that the applicant’s achievements are in some way exceptional
    This reason is related with the previous question but was granted to person with good expertise in his field and a senior-level position. However, well-paid salary and status without any exceptional achievements are not a reason to give Endorsement as Exceptional Talent.
  9. Although the applicant may have undertaken a number of courses, the results do not place him in a top 1% position that might indicate a superior talent.
    One hard-working, always-Coursera-studying, in mid-30’s engineer tried to get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent (not Promise) Visa because he worked in Fortune 500 company and thought this is enough to get his legal ticket to the UK. According to this reason – not enough.  You should not be a student of on-line courses or any other educational platforms all the time. You must implement your knowledge somewhere. And only this will grant you Tech Nation Visa.
  10. While the candidate does seem to have significant experience in the IT sector, the candidate’s relevant experience specifically in mobile applications development is not corroborated in the evidence, neither through ‘innovation’ in the proof of concept noted, nor the potential commercial impact of said innovation
    This reason was quite unique but I put it here just in case – to demonstrate direction of thoughts when the Endorsement Panel is assessing a visa application. You must understand that this is not a charity organisation which purely wants to make the UK one of the countries with the largest number of talents. They must endorse talents who will generate value and commercial impact for the whole UK economy. Ask someone to assess your skills and projects on this point just to understand your weak points before Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application.

    Finally, if you want to go the right way and avoid obvious pitfalls or you need an immigration advice about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application – contact A Y & J Solicitors, a London-based immigration company who is a trusted Legal Partner of Tech Nation Visa Blog and Talent Visa app. Their have different cases in portfolio, including successful appeals and reviews of non-Endorsement.

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a Tech Nation Visa Ambassador and 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

2 thoughts on “10 reasons of non-Endorsement”

  1. Hi Aseleznov,

    Thank you for this well curated website and breakdown of potential issues. Can you advice clearly on how one can scale the application process? Its becoming scary day in day out on how to go about this.

    For instance, how to properly provide the required evidence in line with the feedback comments suggested by the experts reviewing.

    I appreciate

    1. Hi Temi,
      Thank you for your question.
      I hope I have understood you clearly.
      If you ask about the comments which a person gets in own non-endorsement letter – unfortunately, it is too late to change anything. Even an Endorsement review will not have any impact: it is conducted on the documents and circumstances presented in visa application. Hence, you cannot improve the visa application, add new documents or change your Personal Statement.

      But these comments from the non-endorsement letter (in personal case) – will be priceless for the next Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. Because even after non-Endorsement a person has a right to apply for this visa route again, with improved supporting documents and other proof. Hence, using the comments from Endorsement Panel, a future applicant can significantly improve the Tech Nation Visa application.

      Regarding the reasons and comments provided above – they are general. Yes, they have been taken from personal non-endorsement letters but here I wanted to demonstrate the level of accuracy of the Endorsement Panel. These 10 reasons are listed here as a check-list for every future applicant just to understand: has he or she done everything and provided enough evidence for their own circumstances? I hope it was helpful to people.

      Andrii Seleznov

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