Comments of Lawyer about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa changes

Commend of an immigration lawyer about Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa changes

Recently I have written about the updates in our beloved Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route. However, pure legal facts do not matter anything for most of the applicants. That is why I decided to ask a lawyer who closely work with this visa applications about their opinion about changes.

I spoke with Diana Todirica, a Senior Immigration Caseworker at A Y & J Solicitors. You had a chance to see her in this interview.

Diana Todirica is Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa lawyer at A Y & J Solicitors
Diana Todirica is Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa lawyer at A Y & J Solicitors

Q: In your opinion, do the mentioned changes make the process of application for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa more difficult?

D.T.: I believe that the changes to come into place will restrict many applicants from applying, and purely because Applicants were struggling to obtain two well-known referees from within the digital technology industry and that mainly applies to Tier 1 Promise.

Q: Does the change of focus from purely digital to product-led activity make this visa route less attractive?

D.T.: Depending on the description provided in the guidance of “product-led”. I personally do not think this should be less attractive as Applicants with exceptional skills, as the definition of the title stands for will always be in a position to be qualified and granted for this sort of visa.

Q: What are your thoughts regarding three letters of recommendation as an obligatory option for applicants (instead of two letters as it has been required before)?

D.T.: The additional letter will allow applicants to provide additional information regarding their achievements, and as such, will provide them with a better opportunity of adding one more critical document to their ten docs. If initially, we have two recommendation letters, a CV, a personal statement and ten documents, adding one more it helps the Applicants as a majority of them will have more than 14 docs to submit and they are unsure which one should be left aside, and have always struggled to cut the number down.

While I believe those applying to be endorsed Exceptional Talent should not be facing any issuing with the references, and this is mainly because of their years of experience in the industry those looking for Promise might have issued in obtaining 3 letters of support provided by established organisations in the digital technology sector due to the fact that they are at the start of their carrier.

Profile of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa Lawyer

As a Senior Immigration Caseworker and an immigrant from Romania, Diana appreciates the difficulties facing clients who receive her advice.  She has been working in immigration law for over seven years and now Diana works directly with Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants on Stage 1 and Stage 2. She has experience in applying for endorsement review and can consult on any topic related to the application for this unique visa route not only in Digital Technology but any other field.

Being able to think creatively and challenge the Home Office in an accomplished manner are aspects of her work Diana relishes in.  Her work focuses not only on Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visas, Appeals, Judicial Review but also Tier 2 Suspension and Revocation, and all other areas of immigration law.

Diana holds a degree in law and has in-depth knowledge of International Law.  Her clients confirm that she “works tirelessly”“pays meticulous attention to evidence and detail”, and “is a ball of positivity and a road to success”.

Diana appears in the Legal 500 as the next Key contact of our firm, and she is known to clients for her attention to detail and her ability to think outside the box.

Diana speaks Romanian fluently and is conversational in both Italian and Albanian.

You can find a professional resume of Diana Todirica at LinkedIn

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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

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