Ten supporting documents – what does this mean? Let’s consider almost a real situation.
For example, I have my Work Agreement in 15 pages, also my article published in the international journal in 3 pages, my diplomas and certificates are in 5 pages plus 5 pages of the translation into English. And also I have 5 pages of screeenshots from my applications. At least, these 4 supporting documents have 33 pages. Is it OK to add to my application?
Actually, no. Your your supporting documents should be in maximum 10 pages (that means in 2 sides of A4 every document). Here is official explanations from the page 8 of the Tech City UK Guidelines: “Up to ten pieces of evidence in relation to one mandatory and at least two qualifying criteria listed in the table on page 6 above. Examples of the type of evidence you may wish to provide can be shown in Annex B. Please note that applications should be accompanied by no more than ten supporting documents, with each piece of evidence (i.e. document) comprising maximum 2 sides of A4 paper. Sending additional information is unlikely to aid your application and may delay consideration”.
Hence, sending more than 10 supporting documents or overreaching the limit of 10 pages A4 will not benefit your application. Moreover, this will prove that you either have not read the Guidelines accurately, or decided to breach this rule.
My own lifehacks regarding supporting documents
- extracts. I made extraction from long docs like employment agreement. Hence, every 30-pages agreement where just in 2 sides of A4. I still had introductory part of the agreement (titles of parties, addresses and other requisites), my position, salary and details of work like full-time or part-time employment, main duties, etc.).
- two-sided translation. Some of my documents were in Ukrainian so on the front side I have printed original of the document and on the back side I have made English translation.
- selections of screenshots. I did not sent all the screenshots that I wanted. I selected only the most relevant of them and also print them in two-sided A4.
PS: perhaps, advice by past applicants will be useful for your. They are Tier 1 Exceptional Visa holders now, hence, their experience is worth noticing.