How to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa?

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa - how can I start? Photo credit Chinmay Singh

Today we go to basics. I got a simple question from my reader: “Hello, I am interested to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. How can I start the process?”. Hence, in this post, I will pay attention to the first steps in order to launch the big and life-changing process of moving to the United Kingdom with this unique visa.

I tried to remember how I got my talent visa and on the first step I have done five very easy-to-do steps. Without them, I will not ever get this visa. That is why I made a brief for everyone who wants to get these special visas and be among 250 people who get them every year.

Moreover, I believe that my experience explained below will be relevant not only for people applying for a visa in Digital Technologies but for other fields like Engineering, The Arts and Fashion.

1. Read briefs and Guidelines

There are three crucial links for every person who applies to get this visa: (1) Explanation on the site of the UK Government, (2) Home Office Guideline, (3) Tech Nation Visa Guideline (or if you are applying for other areas – check the website of designed bodies for endorsement – Arts Council England, The British Academy, The Royal Society, The Royal Academy of Engineering).

Sure, my humble advice – check my blog for any questions and if you don’t find an answer – let me know about this :).

2. Check your eligibility

There are general requirements for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa and if you do not fit them – you cannot get this visa. For example, one of the most frequent question to me – can a student, Tier 4 General Visa holder, who lives in the UK, apply for this visa? The short answer is no. Any mechanism for such application is absent. There are limited categories to switch to Tier 1 ET Visa. If you are applying for Tech Nation Visa – you can understand are you eligible or not using the special quiz. But you must do this in order to prevent future problems.

3. Review your life goals and motivation

You cannot get Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa and live ordinary. I mean you can do this and nobody will judge you. But in order to get your visa, you must demonstrate that you have some unusual mission to complete in the United Kingdom. It can be your own consultancy company, future unicorn start-up or social supporting service. But it has to be something which is not related to wasting your life in front of TVs with beer every evening. Your life aim has to be important for society and helpful for other people. You need to write about this plan in your Personal Statement and even already make the first steps to make your dreams come true.

4. Think about people who can support you

I am not saying about signers of Letters of Recommendation or any other letters within 10 Supporting Documents. It is mainly about life supporters and influencers. It may be your parents, wife or best friend. Or even your pet :). You must have a person, who even do not have deep expertise in your professional area but believes in your talent and your skills.
Speak with this person about your plan to apply for UK Tier 1 Exceptional talent visa. Ask his or her opinion. Ask about life advice. Ask about support during this long and slightly exhausted but so promising process. Having someone next to you always helps and inspires.

5. Start your preparation for Endorsement

Well, so you are all set and it is the right time to move forward your dreams. Now you need to make your own roadmap for visa application and a checklist of documents to collect and experts to reach out. If you would like to understand the overall scope of this visa journey – read my blog post about 32 steps towards visa.

And if you need immigration advice, you need a person to proofread your Personal Statement (or even write it), you require legal support in Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application or you want to have a consultant in a very specific question about it – you can contact A Y & J Solicitors, a London-based immigration company which supports this Blog and Talent Visa app.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application - Examples of Documents and Help

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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