I am not joking. Below I prepared a list of eight dangerous quotes sent to me within the emails by my blog readers. Also, a couple of them are generalised sentences from Personal Statements drafted by potential Exceptional Talent Visa applicants. In major cases, later on, all of these visa applications become just numbers in total statistics of Endorsement refusals and these people are in the army of unsuccessful visa applicants.
So why I am publishing this list? To caution you about the typical mistakes and to supersede your potentially harmful thoughts by short constructive ideas on how to avoid these mistakes to get UK Exceptional Talent Visa.
1. Unique and extraordinary people
“I am a quite unique person. It’s not just because my parents say so. I got different endorsements at the University as a hardworking student and participated in local hackathons. Last year I had a talk at the conference about my Technology and my Github profile is well followed…”
Tip: By the way, I checked the Github profile of this person – less than 20 followers. However, this problem is not the main topic of my blog but sometimes, self-critique is one of the most important characteristics. Try to look at yourself seriously. Do you believe that British investors and digital guru will be impressed with such a bright digital personality?
2. Digital Womanizing
“Since I am a woman and have a Diploma in Engineering, work over 5 years in the Digital International Company, I suggest it will not be a problem to get an Endorsement. STEM move (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is on rising now so I think it doubles my chances.”
Tip: I get a couple of letters with very similar ideas from digital ladies, who believe that being a woman in tech is already a distinction. At least one of the ladies is not already believing in this since her visa application was rejected. Do not bring too many hopes regarding this option. I think in future we will get detailed statistics about the Tech Nation Visa route and it will show the male-female proportion of visa holders.
3. Brand Lovers
“A couple of years ago I had a monthly internship in Google (Facebook, Amazon, etc.). I got great experience there but due to bad luck, I failed to get a job in this big brand company. Anyway, this is in my CV, so, probably, it will do some favour for my Endorsement.”
Tip: One or three months of internship is a nice thing but… Companies with big names and loud titles influence on your Exceptional Talent Visa application only when you are now working there. However, in most cases, they are providing Tier 2 General Visa sponsorship so there is no need to apply for talent visa. Also, well-known companies can bring benefits to your application if you worked there in your past (at least – for a couple of years). However, again – this is a very personal thing and differs in every case.
4. Learning never stops
“To demonstrate continuous learning, I can prove that I’ve already completed all the courses in Coursera and Udacity about digital marketing and growth hacking (totally 13 courses).”
Tip: Your completed courses are a real reason for proud but without any practical implementation of your learning results into work – it is a pure “certificates-hunt”. Every certificate attached to the Exceptional Talent Visa Application has to be supported by your existing experience. By the way, in my Talent Visa App, I explain how to do this trick with supporting documents. And in this post, you can read extra details on continuous learning as a qualifying criterion for Tech Nation Visa applications.
5. Future Unicorn LTD
“I have an idea of a unicorn startup. This is like a new Facebook with some elements of LinkedIn but for blockchain experts. My startup was selected to participate in the Accelerator Program in London.”
Tip: This is one of the most obvious but very typical problems. We all believe that our own projects will have over 1 billion valuations and join The Unicorn List and The Billion Dollar Startup Club. However, in order to manipulate your reputation as a founder of the future big company you need to show what you have now. Pure idea is not relevant for endorsement; you need to have existing positive results and a clear plan for your future.
6. Minions of Investors
“I got signed a secured investment agreement from angel investors in London who are ready to give me money for my startup.”
Tip: in general, there is nothing bad with this statement but it has to be presented in conjunction with other trusted documents and proofs. Attaching the extract of such signed secured investment agreement is beneficial but, please, be so kind to provide also extract of your business plan activities for the next couple of years and other documents to show the full picture about your startup.
7. Stop slavery
I am an employee with Tier 2 sponsorship provided by my current employer. I want to be free and choose my future employers by myself, not because of visa sponsorship.
Tip: this honest and very sensitive paragraph will bring endorsement to refusal and the whole visa application – to rejection. Remember: Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route is not a substitution of the Tier 2 General Visa route. Your argument about freedom is not related to unique and exceptional professional skills at all. Provide more interesting and well-reasoned thoughts about why the UK will get more benefits from you as an Exceptional Talent Visa holder.
8. Over-experienced guys
“I am a certified expert in Technology. I got a Computer Science degree at the University and have 15+ years of experience in Digital Technology. What I need to apply – Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise (or I am too old for Promise)?”
Tip: the question is not even about choosing your route between talent and promise but do you need to apply for this visa at all? What extraordinary skill set do you have and what exactly the UK digital industry will gain out of your experience? The pure number of years of your work and a list of professional certifications is good for job-seeking but for Tech Nation Visa. Hence, you need to think wider and give more reasons for Tech Nation to trust in your talent.