Today at the Forum I got a question to me: “Hi Andrii, Please can you help explain what this below mean with respect to the letter of recommendation requirements for Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
“Letters from individuals within service-based organisations (i.e. consultants, agencies, outsourcers, service/process delivery) are generally not considered appropriate”
Answer: “Thanks for your question to me.
This is a completely new thing, which has appeared in the latest Guidelines and we did not have it in the past.
This sentence simply means that if the CEO of HR agency will write you a Letter of Recommendation it will not fit the requirements. Even if this is a very good HR agency. Or even if this is purely digitally tech HR agency.
It also means that if an Immigration Consultant of UK-based company or any other well-known international organisation will provide you with a Letter of Recommendation – it will, probably, not work.
The same story with an Outsourcing company. Since the main focus of Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa route is on product-led backgrounds, even the C-level officer from the outsourcing company may be under a big question.
More Exceptions for Letter of Recommendation
The word “generally” in the sentence that you have quoted, means that there may be exсeptions. Hence, if this HR company /agency/outsourcer is (1) billionaire with a huge turnover, (2) high-profiled organisation with a strong brand on the international tech scene, (3) can be directly linked with tech giants like Google, Amazon, Apple, etc. – you may have luck and this Letter of Recommendation may be considered as an appropriate one. But it is a very rare case.
In any case, if you have already got such letter from any of the people, I mentioned above – you can, probably, attach these docs as supporting documents. They are not famous and rich but provide you with a recommendation letter – that’s fine, use it. But not as one of the required three Letters of Recommendation.”