How to write Personal Statement for UK Exceptional Talent Visa

How to write Personal Statement for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application

It is always a challenge. And personally, always not easy to do. I spend a couple of hours or even days for writing a personal statement for different occasions. But talking about the Personal Statement for such honoured UK Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa I have doubled my work.

Actually, I have written four drafts of the Personal Statement for my visa application. I have done them in different styles, with unequal amount of words and characters but in general, I can highlight the most important aspects of personal statement:


Maximum 7000 characters that is two sides of one A4 in Times Roman 12. My personal statement was 6041 character. You should not write a “War and Peace” about yourself but being too short is also not the best options. The people who will read your statement need to feel you, your level and ideas.


Tech Nation has already declared what do they want to read. Hence, obligatory you need to cover:

• 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? (examples of this might include the technological advances you will bring, the creation of new markets, the planned growth of a company, the activities you will take part in outside of your direct occupation).

• What are your long-term plans in the UK?

I have written more details regarding all of these points in more details here.


If you are fluent English speaker – this is great! But if not, you need to ask someone with better command of English to help you. Ideally, it must be s professional translation service. But it costs money. So even without professional translator and proofreader you can write acceptable Personal Statement. By the way, you can read also my own 5 must do’s for this important document to understand requirements to it in depth.
Sure, silly mistakes are not permitted. But to cut them – install add-on or extension, which marks elementary mistakes, to your web browser and it will bring a little help. But in general, do not be scared too much about English grammar.
I have written the statement by myself. My English is not perfect but I did my best to correct all mistakes. I read my statement during a couple of days in the morning and in the evening. And if you also will use this method – you will find some extra comas, dots, incorrect articles, etc.


It is up to you, but I at the beginning of my statement, I wrote “Good afternoon, my name is Andrii and I would like to provide more details regarding my application for a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa to work and do entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom.” At the end of my statement, I wrote shortly: “Thank you for your time. Sincerely, Andrii Seleznov”. Perhaps, these parts of the application does not bring any points but this is a matter of personal culture and mindset.

Finally, you can download Talent Visa – a mobile application with example of Personal Statement for the UK Exceptional Talent Visa and some other key documents in accordance with the Tech Nation Guidelines and reviewed by the UK Immigration Solicitor.

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

Author: Andrii Seleznov

This blog is written by Andrii Seleznov. Andrii is a Tech Nation Visa Ambassador and 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

8 thoughts on “How to write Personal Statement for UK Exceptional Talent Visa”

      1. Hi Andrii,
        Sent you a mail, seems Tech Nation visa is like winning the finals at the world cup football match 2018 :).
        Shooting a goal at the first opportunity because you never know when will be the next chance come and taking into consideration the rising UK visa fee :(.


  1. Hi Andrii,
    Sent you a mail, seems Tech Nation visa is like winning the finals at the world cup football match 2018 :).
    Shooting a goal at the first opportunity because you never know when will the next chance come ,especially considering the rising UK visa fee :(.


    1. Hi Swapnil,
      Could you let me know about your experience on why is it so hard? I am planning to apply for it. Do recommend this?


  2. Dear Andrii,
    Excellent Blog. Very helpful and inspiration Blog. Thanks for doing this.
    I am planning to apply for Endorsement. I have 16+ Yrs of Experience in Senior Data Management & Governance, Data Architecture, Data Modelling, Data Analysis, Data Quality, Data warehouse, Data integration/Migration, Big Data, Data Science, & Business Data Analyst..
    In Parallel doing an study in Digital Technologies.
    I have been in UK for last almost 7 yrs in ICT Tier2 VISA and currently is in London,Uk working for Allied Irsih Bank.
    Please guide me how can I potrait my experience and apply from here and what is the possibility to get endorse from Tech City?
    Also I would appreciate , if you could provide me the sample Personal Summary Letter and recommendation letter on my given email ID.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and Many thanks in advance.

    Best regards,
    Bimlesh Kumar Singh

    1. Hi Bimlesh,
      Thanks for your comment and questions. Yes, I have got many questions from people who are Tier 2 General Visa holders and want to stop this so-called “visa slavery” in order to launch own consultancy. It is surely possible and I have a couple of examples in our Tech Nation Visa Holders community. What is required for successful switch from Tier 2 to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa – not only a huge experience in digital technologies but desire to do something unique, create unexpected and new things in digital fields.
      I have written about these things a lot in this blog and also – in my Talent Visa App. So you can download it and read about my own experience of Tech Nation Visa application as well as get examples of Personal Statement, Letter of Recommendation and template phrases to write a winning Personal Statement or any other document for your visa application

  3. Hi Andrii,

    Great blog, thank you.
    Could you please clarify if 7000 characters is a maximum length limit for PS with spaces or without?


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Examples of Documents
Tech Nation communication with applicants
Talent Visa App
General advice on Personal Statement
Personal Statement – no quotes, no links