You decide that you are a talent (or promise) and want to conquer a peak in digital technologies in the United Kingdom. Surely, that is a great idea. Moreover, if you are British – all doors are open for you in your native country and you have a good start for your goals. But if you were born in another country, you may need to have a visa to enter the UK. I believe you have already known about this requirements but if not – check here.
As I was born in Ukraine, I need to have a visa for work and doing my own business in the United Kingdom. There is a variety of visa types for employed specialists, entrepreneurs, investors, etc. But I have not researched them too much. However, some comparison of them I have done here. But my focus was completely on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
As you can read at the official site of the UK Government and Tech City UK – this type of visa has two stages. Stage 1 or Endorsement Stage is about approving you as a talent in the digital area. Stage 2 is, in fact, Visa Stage is about giving you a visa to enter the UK.
Now I will focus only on the Endorsement Stage. Visa Stage in details is here. So where to start with your visa application to this type of visa?
Go to the official websites
Firstly, Tech City UK, that has a special part of their website about Tech Visa Scheme, and also – secondly, Governmental Website with overview of Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) Visa. And attentively read guidelines on both websites (attention, please, they are completely different).
Make a plan of the summit ascent
In other words, you need to draft all the actions required to do in order to receive supporting documents for your application with the approximate timeframe. It seems that to collect the required information, contact people who will give your Letters of Recommendation, check the compliance of the docs and print them out are not very hard tasks. But surprise-surprise: you will spend many working days and probably, a couple of sleepless nights in preparing your application.
Brainstorm at least three topics
Firstly, who can give you recommendations; secondly, what extra documents you will attach to your application to prove your talent in digital area; thirdly, what you will write in the cover letter (in other words – your personal statement).
As soon as possible contact people who will recommend you as a talent. We live in a very dynamic world. Hence, every person has own plans, trips and obligations. It will be your luck to receive a recommendation letter in a couple days after your request but sometimes you need to wait months.
Check the language of your documents
It must be English and if a document is written in other language, preferably to have its professional translation.