With a 50% endorsement rate by Tech Nation, I am often contacted by unsuccessful applicants who have applied for exceptional talent or exceptional promise for the Global Talent Visa (formerly Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa).

I completely understand how disappointing it must feel when an email comes in and the news isn’t good.

The most common questions I receive are:

1. Should I appeal?

This depends on what the decision or feedback was.  The most common feedback is that the applicant has failed to meet the key or qualifying criteria.  If you appeal, it will be up to you to convince the new assessor that the first assessor made a mistake and did not consider the evidence submitted.  

2. The assessor’s feedback is incorrect. I have submitted evidence to meet the criteria and the assessor considered that I didn’t meet it. 

If you consider the assessor made an error, you can point where the error was made in your appeal and refer to the documents or evidence submitted.

3. What should I do? 

This depends on what the feedback was.  I’ve had instances were applicants were unsuccessful because they did not meet the criteria. I worked with the client and instead of appealing, we decided to use the assessor’s feedback and submit a fresh application.  The new application was accepted and my client was endorsed.

4. If I appeal, what are the chances that the decision is overturned? 

This depends because of the evidence submitted in the first instance.  You cannot submit fresh evidence in your appeal, but only re-iterate evidence that was submitted. Even if you submit an appeal, and are unsuccessful again, the good news is you will receive further feedback which will help you submit a fresh application.  So, all will not be lost if you decide to submit a fresh application because you will have 2 pieces of feedback to refer to.

5. If I don’t appeal, can I resubmit a fresh application?

Yes, sometimes it’s better to submit a fresh application using the feedback provided.

6. How can you help me? 

I offer a range of packages of support.

Package 1 | DIY £99

Access to my membership area with resources, tips, guidance and wording.

Package 2 | Review and Guidance from £500

I review your full application, assess your chances of a successful appeal, guidance on whether or not to appeal, tips should you wish to appeal and a 45 minute Skype call.

I offer bespoke guidance and help you draft your appeal which includes unlimited Skype calls.

If you’d like me to assist you in the appeal process, email me at [email protected].

Read about how Katie Carroll applied not once but twice and appealed before she was finally successful for her endorsement for exceptional promise here!

This blog was written by Michelle Hua, Consultant, Speaker, CEO & Founder of Made With Glove. In 2016, Michelle was the recipient of the Exceptional Talent Visa (now called Global Talent Visa) and is the former #TechNationVisa Ambassador.  Michelle consults for highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and people working in digital technologies on how they can receive the endorsement for exceptional talent or exceptional promise. Read Michelle’s other blogs on the #TechNationVisa here and Michelle’s own journey here.