Recently I have got a quite simple but essential 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 critical documents.
Question: “Just basic question I have? How does my referee address UKVI in the reference letter? Which address is used?”
Answer: When 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 body is an organisation, 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 additional requirements, but for Tech Nation Visa we have this rule.
Question: “Hi, I am preparing my visa application and need a template of Letter of Recommendation. 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. 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 about what to write in any of these documents. Hence, if we are talking about the Letter of Recommendation (basics are explained here), so the main idea behind this document is the following. The letter of recommendation 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. You must know this core and draft it for your referee in accordance with this point.
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 act is not forbidden, and it will be a helpful thing for your referee. But again, the foundation of this letter should not be found on websites.
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 on the world wide web.
Finally, I must say that I created two examples of Letters of Recommendation based on successful real-life cases of people who were endorsed by Tech Nation. So if you need more details, you can find them here.