Guidelines for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa applicants clearly say that it requires to have up to 10 supporting documents. This is allowed maximum, but what is the minimum (if it exists) and what the average number of documents Tech Nation Visa applicants send to Home Office.
Question: “I will send only 3 supporting documents (letters from my customers, partners, and the association where I am a member of a board). But I feel that it is not a too big number. What is the best number of evidence for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa application (I apply for Exceptional Promise)?”
Answer: You must do your best to send as many documents as you can. Three evidence is not bad at all. But you must re-think your personal and professional performance and find more people who can share either feedback about your job or any other positive outcome of your activity.
In my own visa application, I have done this. I was brainstorming my LinkedIn connections, past University friends and client base from the previous job.
As a result, I got an extra two letters with testimonies about myself as a promising engineer and a person with good leadership skills (due to my participation in numerous volunteering projects). They provided these letters on headed paper and with content very similar as required for Letter of Recommendation.
In total number, I got 6 evidence as supporting documents and they made a good foundation for all statements and plans that I have made in Personal Statement. You have to understand that in fact, your supporting documents are for facts-check of your thoughts from the Personal Statement, they are not separately evaluated. And 5 – 7 documents is an average number of proofs sent by applicants to Evaluation Panel of Tech Nation.
By the way, the minimum number of supporting documents for Tech Nation Visa is one. I have never met a person who applied just one piece of evidence but theoretically, it is possible. However, I do not recommend you to do this if you are not a Nobel-prize holder and your name can be easily searched in connection with digital technologies.