Letter of Recommendation: questions about address and template

Letter of Recommendation is one of the most important parts of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application

Recently I have got a quite simple but important question regarding Letter of Recommendation as a part of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application. So I decided to attach a couple of more aspects regarding these significant documents.

Question: “Just basic question i have? How does my referee address UKVI in the reference letter? Which address is used?”

Answer: To say the answer straightforward, if you apply for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa in Digital Technologies, there is no need to send any Letter of Recommendation to the United Kingdom.
But if you need more reasoning – here you are :).
UKVI is an abbreviation for UK Visas and Immigration.  This title is old and now the governmental agency, which works with Tech Nation Visas, is called Home Office.
Anyway, your referee, in other words, a person who signs Letter of Recommendation for you, should not send any letters to the Home Office. Work with such correspondence requires too much time and financial efforts
But, instead of Home Office, (s)he must send you an original (or scanned copy of original) of the Letter and you will attach this document to your visa application.
If (s)he wants to address a particular designed body – it is better to write this letter for Tech Nation. This is an organization, that will consider your visa application and assess provided Letters of Recommendation and other supporting documents.
Tech Nation provides Endorsement to visa applicants but not Home Office.
That is why sending your Letter of Recommendation to the Home Office may be a mistake.
For other Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa routes (not in Digital Technologies)  there are other requirements but for Tech Nation Visa we have this rule.

Question: “Hi, I am preparing my visa application and need a template of recommendation letter. Can you share it with me? Thanks”

Answer: every Letter of Recommendation is a masterpiece about a particular person. You cannot find two letters with the same text since it catches the eye of Endorsement Panel and if you provide a too descriptive and generic letter (probably, copy-pasted from the Internet) – you will never get an Endorsement.
So, a template of the Letter of Recommendation is not a new topic (as well as Personal Statement example). But I have already written a couple of times what do you need to write in any of these documents.
Hence, if we are talking about Letter of Recommendation (basics are explained here) but the main idea behind this document is an acknowledgement of the trusted person about your profile as a talent in Digital Technology, who can bring extra energy into the UK’s tech ecosystem.
I must say that you can help your trusted person and provide your draft of Letter of Recommendation and (s)he will improve it. This is not forbidden and it will be a helpful thing for your referee. But again, the foundation of this letter should not be simply found on web-sites – it has to have a description of your projects and why your referee believes in them. It has to have information about your initial meeting or contact and other quite personal details.
And that is why you cannot find any Letter of Recommendation from Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa holder in open public access.  It is too personal to be shared in the worldwide web.
Finally, I must say that I created two examples of Letters of Recommendation based on real-life successful cases of people who were endorsed by Tech Nation. So if you need more details you can find them here.
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

2 thoughts on “Letter of Recommendation: questions about address and template”

  1. Thanks for this. Please any idea how old a letter of recommendation be to deemed to old to be presented? I got my two letters dated early 2018 and now we are in 2019 I’m still gathering other requirements.

    1. Good afternoon Temi,

      Your letters must be not older than one year after the date of signature. Hence, if your Letter is signed in 2018 – it is better to ask your signer about re-signing the Letter of Recommendation with a new date. If you cannot ask this person about new favour – you can attach this letter as a Supporting Document and try to find another referee to sign a new Letter of Recommendation for you.

      Sincerely,
      Andrii Seleznov

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