General advice on Personal Statement

Personal Statement is one of the main questions in every Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application

Sometimes it happens that potential applicants for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa send me their drafts of personal statements and ask about my opinion. I want to write officially and in bold: guys, I am not an authorized assessor of your personal statements neither for Exceptional Promise nor for Exceptional Talent visa applications.

Hence, it is not a difficult task for me to read a piece of text and write what I think about it but this is not the main goal of this blog. Moreover, any personal opinion (mine or any other person) – it is just a bunch of thoughts. Only Tech Nation Visa Panel makes the final decision and only people who are members of this Panel are entitled to make any official comments. Or immigration advisors, who are authorized by OISC.

At the same time, sometimes it happens and I write my humble opinion about obvious problems in the personal statements to the authors. I have decided to publish some of my answers (with respect to the privacy and confidential information) in order to repeat the main bullet points of Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. That’s why more people, who, maybe, will not have time to dig deeper into my old posts will keep their eye on this important things.

However, firstly, I still recommend to read my previous articles about Personal Statement:

  1. Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent UK Visa in details
  2. How to write Personal Statement
  3. 5 must do’s in your Personal Statement

Secondly, you can read samples of Personal Statements in Talent Visa app. They will provide you a general feel of what you need to write about and what you need to avoid. As of November 2018, I put two examples of Personal Statements there – one for Tech Route and the other – for Business Route applicants.

Finally, this is one of my replies about the draft of someone’s Personal Statement I have read:

“Hi Good Person, please, excuse me for a delay in reading your personal statement for your talent visa. Finally, I have done this. I can say that you have […] background but you paid too much attention to your past achievements. Actually, I have not find answers to all the questions, which are highlighted in the Tech Nation Visa Guidelines (page 12).

For example, you do not write about particular (even rough) plan what you suggest to do in the UK.
Also, you do not write what region have you chosen to come and why. Finally, what are your thoughts regarding, for example, next 5 – 10 years?
According to the Guidelines, it is required to write about long-term plans too.

So, the main things are:

  • cut extremely technical description of your past achievements;
  • focus on the future roadmap of your life in the United Kingdom.

Your past is a basis of your future in the UK so please, write how your existing experience will help you to influence on UK tech industry or digital technology at all.

I hope these thoughts will be helpful for you but please, keep in mind that I am not an immigration advisor and all the ideas above are just my personal opinion. Thanks and good luck with your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application, Good Person!”

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Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a 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

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