Interview with Diana Todirica

Interview with Diana Todirica, Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Consultant

One day I will publish my top list of questions about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa that I get most frequently. But today, I will focus only on one of them. Many people ask me do they need to go to immigration lawyers to get their Endorsement and Tech Nation Visa. That is why let’s think about this topic in depth.

I must say that a couple of years ago, I wrote a post about this question. However, since I got new items, I think it worths to re-think this issue again.

So what are the pros and cons of legal support for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa?


Disappointing aspects of requesting help from immigration lawyers:

  1. Fees. Oh, correctly will be FEES! Yes, all immigration advisors charge for their advice. Moreover, this type of visa is unique. Hence, poor students and applicants from some third world countries cannot afford such high costs.
  2. Level of professionalism and trust. You must find a company which will not disappear on the next day after you will pay the initial fee.
  3. List of companies. Not every legal company work with this type of visa applications.
  4. Time. Sometimes you can choose an option of slower help with lower legal fees. But this creates mental pressure on you.


The apparent benefits of seeking legal advice to apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa are:

  1. Less headache about reading the Home Office Guidelines and Tech Nation Guidelines for the applicants.
  2. Portfolio of knowledge on how to avoid pitfalls. Trusted legal companies traditionally have already applied for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent for their clients. Hence, some very unique points are more comfortable for them to notice.
  3. Clearer requests about particular documents. For example, if you think what supporting documents you can use for your visa application – lawyers know the answer. They know how to switch from Tier 2 General Visa (or “slavery” as I call it) to Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. They have deadlines and send you reminders on the progress.
  4. You can request a particular task, not about the complete package of legal services. This option is available not in every licensed company, but many immigration lawyers practise this. Hence, you can ask about this particular service. For instance, when you need to proofread a Draft of Personal Statement, make the correct text of Letter of Recommendation or get specific advice on your supporting documents. And it will not cost thousands (in most companies, however, don’t ask me about the range of legal fees – they are too different).

Anyway, what I want to share with you now – a brief 10-minute video with Diana Todirica, an immigration consultant who works in A Y & J Solicitors, that supports this “Talent Visa Blog”.

She explains some insights of applying for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa, and I hope this video will be useful for you. If you have a question to Diana and need an introduction – let me know, please. I will be glad to support you.

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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

2 thoughts on “Interview with Diana Todirica”

  1. Hi Andrii; good day ! I am a MA animation directing student of NIFT and now going to complete my 2 yr course by Feb 2020 . I plan to apply for Exceptional promise visa category . Kindly adv what are the things I need to prepare to support by Animation talent ? My home country passport getting expired by 12/05/2020. Is it required to renew my passport before apply for Technation ?

    1. Hi Rajkumar,
      Thanks for your question. I will start from the last question – if your passport expires in the following six months after the day of visa application, you must renew your passport and then – apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa.
      Regarding your application – I am competent to share information in Digital Technology. Hence, I think it is better to write to the Arts Council, the designed body for Endorsement, and ask directly about the requirements in your field:
      Or, if you need to have legal support with your Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa questions- let me know, please.

      Andrii Seleznov

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