This month, I’ve received some disappointing news from applicants who have been unsuccessful for the Stage 1 UK Global Talent Visa (formerly Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa) #TechNationVisa endorsement applications.  It is so disappointing to hear because they have worked so hard on their applications only to be denied by Tech Nation assessors.

This is why 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 Global Talent Visa application.

Appealing the Decision

Depending on Tech Nation 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 Global Talent Visa endorsement 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 May 2020).

If you appeal, you cannot add new evidence. You can only direct Tech Nation’s 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 for the Global Talent Visa endorsement 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 provide advice and guidance for applicants with unsuccessful result for their Stage 1 Global Talent Visa endorsement. Advice ranges 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.

Email me at [email protected] for my consultancy packages for appeals.

Read how I helped Mofoluke Ayoola with her endorsement after she was unsuccessful the first time here.

A Fresh Global Talent Visa 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 for the Global Talent Visa endorsement again with different documents and evidence as well as other visa routes such as the Start up Visa or Innovator’s visa. Here is a blog I wrote about the different types of these visas.

I also consult with applicants with their fresh Global Talent Visa endorsement applications to increase their chances of success. Email me at [email protected] for information about my consultancy packages.

Statistics

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 (now called Global Talent Visa) #TechNationVisa

As a result of the outstanding quality and demonstrable tech 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 helped Katie Carroll succeed in receiving her endorsement and visa.  Katie is an inspiration when it comes to persistence with the Tech Nation Global Talent Visa process and the importance of obtaining feedback to make your application as strong as it can be.

If you would like guidance and help with the question: Should I Appeal? read my blog here and my packages of support where I help unsuccessful applicants with their Global Talent Visa endorsement appeals.

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.