Talent or Promise? 4 differences between these exceptional visas

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Today we will rephrase a famous Shakespeare’s words “to be or not to be” into slightly different manner. The question is “Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent Visa?”. I got a message from my reader: “Hi Andrii – some the exceptional promise visa exist for tech? or only exceptional talent? I am wonder that. What the differences are…” Let’s consider the main of these differences.

  1. Tech Nation Guidelines on page 4, have a very narrow explanation – Exceptional Talent is a recognised leader but Exceptional Promise is an emerging leader. In other words, for Talent  you must win Nobel Prize but for Promise – just to be nominated. Joke :).
  2. Requirements for supporting documents in Exceptional Promise and Exceptional Talent visa applications are the same. In other words, a person must have at least one KEY criteria and at least two QUALIFYING criteria. But the difference is within every of these criteria. For example, Exceptional Talent has to have proven track record, however, Exceptional Promise needs to demonstrate his ability to get this record: a person has have two or more examples of innovation being a founder or an employee of the digital company.
  3. Briefly, the main difference between the Promise and Talent is in a recognition of the talent. For Exceptional Promise – a person has to be recognised as a potential leader. But for Exceptional Talent – you have already has to be as a leading talent. How to understand this? I believe the most relevant measuring will be through financial achievements. If you are a founder of a company and it fulfills its financial goals in reaching high profits – you can apply for Exceptional Talent. But if you are a founder whose idea became a reality but still not too profitable – try Exceptional Promise.
  4. Final and the most formal difference: Exceptional Talent Visa is issued for 3 years and after this period you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). But Exceptional Promise Visa is issued for 5 years and ILR may be applied only after this period.

So I would like to write one more time – only you can assess yourself and understand is it better to apply for Promise or Talent. Number of years in digital technologies is not a criteria. Your background also does not matter a lot. If you feel that you still have not achieved your main goals as professional and if you understand that your highest peaks are ahead – it is better to choose Exceptional Promise.
But if you are a successful entrepreneur in Digital Technologies with many years of experience and good record of your milestones – apply for Exceptional Talent. In any case, Tech Nation Endorsement Panel has a right to change your visa route to Exceptional Promise and vice versa.
Good luck and if you have any questions – ask either here or via email.

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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

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