Update: How we received the UK #TechNationVisa

After my last blog on how I received the TechNation Exceptional Talent endorsement by TechCity UK, I was ecstatic that my visa application has now been approved by the Home Office only 3 weeks after submitting my application. I am now the recipient of the TechNation Exceptional Talent Visa!

The good news seemed surreal because after 3 stressful months of working so hard to get this little card that says I can stay in the UK for 5 years, all I felt was relief. Relief that I can, for the next 5 years, focus on growing my wearable technology start up, Made With Glove, from Manchester UK. It was also a bittersweet feeling because my friends and family will have to wait a little longer before I will return to Australia to live. One day.

For those who have never been in a situation where a Government department holds the power that determines where you can live and work, my story may seem trivial.

But for those who have been in my situation, have reached out to share their own stories, offered support and for those who want to start a new life in the UK, asked questions on how they can apply for the TechNation exceptional talent visa. This is despite Brexit, despite the uncertainty that the UK faces in the wake of the results of the referendum to leave the EU.

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I am hopeful that Brexit is an opportunity for reform but for now I want to share the stories of other amazing women in tech who are also recipients of the TechNation Exceptional Talent visa. Even though I believe all women in tech have an exceptional talent, these women chose to leave their countries too, to start a new life, a company, a new job and new adventures while these historical changes are taking place in the UK.

Brenda De La Cassa

Photo credit: Lauren Cosenza

Brenda Della Casa is from New York, a digital media strategist, the founder of BDC Digital Media, LLC and Badass + Living, the author of Cinderella Was a Liar and writer for The Huffington Post, YourTango and other publications. Brenda is the former Editor-In-Chief and Digital Media/Branding Strategist for Preston Bailey Designs and regularly mentors women in digital.

For Brenda, it was dream-come-true to receive the TechNation Exceptional Talent Visa.

“I had a bit of a self-esteem issue, I guess. I work hard, but I truly worried that I would not be qualified enough. The application standards are intimidating and most people are on their journey and only see how far they need to go, not as “a world class talent”. Still, I had so much support from Antonia Anni and women I met through Ada’s list (especially Natalie Lloyd) that I felt I had to try”.

Brenda not only tried but she succeeded.

She loves London and the UK, and is determined to do something worthwhile in the tech community in the UK alongside some of the most talented and inspiring women in the world.

“The women in tech community in the UK is so collaborative and welcoming, so diverse and international. I am deeply honoured and grateful to be a part of it and am determined to make TechCity UK glad they allowed me this chance”.

Download the Tech Visa Application TemplatesOn providing advice to other applicants, Brenda recommends, and I completely agree, that you need to:

  • Do your research and speak to other applicants.
  • Know that we are all intimidated and worried and refreshing our emails 20-200 times a day.
  • Prepare your packet thoughtfully and expect the process to take some time. The secondary part of the application, the visa itself, is normally administrative, so if you get the endorsement, the hard part is over.
  • Ultimately, I believe you have to go for what you want most in life and believe that, if it is truly right for you, it will work. Go for it. Your status quo won’t change if you don’t get it, but if you do…

Incredibly inspiring, smart, determined and a brave woman to pack her bags and home to move from New York to London, we welcome Brenda to the UK and wish her every success on her new adventures in digital tech. I am looking forward to catching up with Brenda when I’m next in London to celebrate with her and reflect on the stressful journey and immigration process we endured to get to this point!

*This is not a sponsored blog post.  Brenda and Michelle are recipients of the Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visa.  Their relationship is a genuine professional relationship.


When I started my application for my endorsement, my biggest problem was starting the personal statement and asking my experts to write a recommendation for me.

To save you the same frustrations of staring into a blank page not knowing where to start or what to write, I have templates that you can use to help you get started.  

My templates for the personal statement and letter of recommendation will make it easier for you to know what Tech City wants and will help you draft the documents in the right way. It will also save your experts their precious time in writing your letter of recommendation.  

Not only will you receive my templates, you will also receive a video explaining how to complete the templates.

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And as a special gift just for you, I will also give you a BONUS guide that will give you suggestions on the wording to use, what you shouldn’t do and a list of potential experts you can ask to write your recommendation. This BONUS guide is only available if you use my templates. It won’t be publicly available in any of my blogs.

My templates have also been reviewed and approved by a UK solicitor.  

To learn how you can save your own time, frustrations and how your experts can save their time, click the button below to access my templates.


For my Top 10 FAQs on how to apply for your endorsement, click here!

It has just been announced on 15 November 2017 that the number of Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visas to be granted has doubled. Read more here.

This blog was written by Michelle Hua, Speaker, Writer and CEO & Founder of Made With Glove. In 2016, Michelle was the recipient of the Exceptional Talent Visa and former #TechNationVisa Ambassador.  Read Michelle’s other blogs on the #TechNationVisa here.

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