Were You Unsuccessful in Your #TechNation Visa Endorsement?

This month, I’ve received some disappointing news from applicants who have been unsuccessful in their applications for the Tech Visa endorsement.  It is so disappointing to hear because they have worked so hard on their applications only to be denied by Tech Nation assessors.

My suggestion is to seek my advice so I can at least review your application before you submit it.

However, if it’s too late and you have a letter to say you are unsuccessful, here are some options to help you decide on your next course of action.

  1. You can seek a review of Tech Nation’s decision and submit an appeal; and/or
  2. submit a fresh application.

Appealing the Decision

Depending on the Assessor’s reason/s, there is an opportunity to appeal the decision provided you appeal within the 28 day time limit.  The benefit of appealing the decision is that your application will be reassessed by another assessor and you now have a 50% chance of succeeding. Furthermore, there is currently no cost to appeal the decision (as at June 2019).

If you appeal, you cannot add new evidence. You can only direct the assessor to the content in the evidence and documents already provided, refer the assessor to statements made by experts or supporters to answer the assessor’s comments and feedback.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, use both the feedback from the initial and appeal decisions to assist you in applying again.  You can submit new and different evidence in your fresh application.

You can only appeal once.

If you need help in appealing the decision, I help applicants with their appeals from reviewing their full application, evaluating the Assessor’s decision, helping in drafting the appeal and provide wording and guidance on how to draft the appeal.

A Fresh Application

If your appeal is unsuccessful, you may submit a fresh application using both the feedback from the original application and the appeal decision.

Try not to be too disheartened if you receive an unsuccessful result.  Take a breath and consider the assessor’s comments as challenges which you can address and overcome.

There is an opportunity to apply again with different documents and evidence as well as other visa routes.

I also help applicants with their endorsement applications to increase their chances of getting an endorsement. Email me at techvisa@michellehua.co.uk for information about my consultancy packages.


The Tech Nation website has revealed interesting statistics on the amount of applications it has received and endorsed since the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa was introduced in 2014.

As a result of the outstanding quality and demonstrable talent of applicants during the financial year 2018-2019, Tech Nation endorsed roughly half of the applications it received, and as a result exceeded its allocation of 200 endorsement places by roughly 63%. The Tech Nation Visa has received over 1,650 applicants, with 900+ endorsed from over 50 countries worldwide since 2014.

So, with about 50% of applicants receiving unsuccessful results, it’s even more important to consider getting support throughout this endorsement process.

I interviewed Hara Two here when he applied three times before receiving his endorsement and visa.  Hara Two is an inspiration when it comes to persistence with the Tech Nation Exceptional Talent visa process and the importance of obtaining feedback to make your application as strong as it can be.

For my Top 10 FAQs on the Tech Nation Exceptional Talent Visa process, click here.

This blog was written by Michelle Hua, Consultant, CEO & Founder of Made With Glove. In 2016, Michelle was the recipient of the Exceptional Talent Visa and is the former #TechNationVisa Ambassador.  Michelle is Vietnamese-Australian and consults highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and talent working in digital technologies on how they can receive the endorsement for exceptional talent and promise. In 2019, Michelle successfully received her UK citizenship. Read Michelle’s other blogs on the #TechNationVisa here and Michelle’s own journey here.


*Please note this is not endorsed by the Home Office or Tech Nation and more information can be found in their official guidelines here.



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