Finally, you have decided that it worth trying and now are preparing your application for UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to the Tech Nation (or, more correct – Home Office) to get your Endorsement in Digital Technology.
I think you have already known about Tech Nation Guidelines
, regularly updated by this Designated Competent Body, so you need strictly follow them.
However, there are still a lot of assumptions and unique questions regarding all of the parts of the application. Even with so detailed guidelines about the talent visas.
1. Write about your future, not your past
Please, do not write your CV in plain text as your personal statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. The experts from the endorsement panel at Tech City UK do not need a repeat of your professional biography.
Speaking again about the Exceptional Talent Visa Guidelines
I want to point your attention only to one, page 25. It has 12 clear questions you must answer. Dot. Previously we had just 5 questions. However, these new 12 aspects are pretty much the same with previous five – just asking about more details.
Here are all 5 main parts of Personal Statement you need to write about:
- Why do you want to come to the UK?
- What will your occupation be in the UK?
- Which region or city of the UK are you planning to live in?
- How will the UK digital technology sector benefit from your work?
- What are your long-term plans in the UK?
As you see, almost all of these key questions here have the word “will”. Hence, you need to speak more about your future goals, not about your past achievements even if they are huge.
2. Follow the correct ratio
Having a roadmap of the five main questions you need to write approximately the same amount of text, answering all of them.
In my case I even have done a new paragraph clearly clarifying every issue of discussion – reason for coming, what I will do in the UK, choice of the city, what value I will add to the UK digital technology sector and, finally, – a paragraph about long-term plans.
In proportion of writing about past : future in my statement I had something like 1:4.
3. Your achievements as a basis for your future wins
You can write about the past achievements in relation to your next goals. It will not be assessed as your whole Personal Statement
is about your past. At the same time, you will demonstrate your step-after-step approach to professional career.
For example, after 4 successful case studies of application of my solution for testing crop fertilizers in Ukraine and the US (reference letters are attached), I see the potential benefits of entering into the agritech market of the United Kingdom.
4. Less glossy – sweety – fluffy adjectives, please
There are no need to repeat that the United Kingdom is one of the most interesting and attractive countries. And you may not write that the digital field in the UK is amazing. Also, you allow to miss the sentence where you write about bright opportunities and enormous number of potential users in the market.
Be precise in your statement – more facts, less empty words.
For example, UK is interesting and attractive country for my startup in precision agriculture because in 2013 UK Govermental Agri-Tech Strategy declared a new stage of development for agriculture and my project will support it.
5. Bring your value to the industry and the United Kingdom
To cut my wordcount I will show you just an example.
I had interest in agriculture technologies, hence, almost all of my statement paragraphs – about city to live, future business plans, my potential influence on industry – I have built based on this precise point.
Remember: for any authority – it is always easier and safer not to endorse you and not to give some kind of permission. Hence, this is your task to show that they can loose a talent (I mean you). Write in your statement not obvious facts from your CV but some excited plans for the next couple of years. Hence, they will have reasons also believe in your ability to reach the stars and be Tier 1 Exceptional Talent.
Good luck with your application.