TIER 1 UK EXCEPTIONAL TALENT VISA
IN DIGITAL TECH
Build YOUR tech career IN THE UK
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa (soon to be called the Global Talent Visa) is a special visa introduced to allow highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and talent apply for the right to live and work in the UK for up to five years. It is a two stage process where the applicant must be endorsed by Tech Nation, a UK Government organisation which helps the UK tech sector grow through a range of programmes and support entrepreneurs in digital technology. An applicant must be endorsed with Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise by meeting the strict criteria set by Tech Nation before they can apply for the #TechNationvisa.
On the 30 January 2020, the UK Government announced that the Global Talent Visa will replace the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa. Changes will take effect from 20 February 2020.
Read my blog about the changes here.
how MICHELLE CAN HELP YOU
In 2016, Michelle was endorsed with Exceptional Talent in Digital Technologies for her work in advocating women in tech and for developing innovative technology for her UK tech start up, Made With Glove. She received a visa to live and work in the UK for 5 years and became the Ambassador for the #TechNationVisa Scheme. In just three years, Michelle received her Indefinite Leave to Remain Visa in the UK and became a British Citizen as a result of being a recipient of the Exceptional Talent Visa (now called Global Talent Visa). She has helped over 100 highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and talent by consulting on the Stage 1 endorsement process.
Michelle has a 70-80% success rate and working with Michelle will increase your chances of getting endorsed with Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise so that you can apply for your Visa.
*Disclaimer – the Stage 1 endorsement for exceptional talent and exceptional promise are not visa applications. Michelle only consults in Stage 1 endorsement applications. For any immigration advice, please seek the services of an immigration solicitor.
How to Meet the Strict Criteria
The Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa endorsement process requires applicants to meet the strict key and qualifying criteria. Let Michelle help you decide which criteria suits your situation and how to fulfil that criteria in the best way.
How to Structure Your Application
While content is important in meeting the strict criteria, how you structure your application is just as important. Let Michelle help you structure your application to increase your chances of a successful application.
Coach and Guide You To Success
Michelle was a solicitor in Australia and has 3 years experience in the Exceptional Talent Visa endorsement process. Michelle is an experienced adviser, coach and mentor who will help you through the endorsement process.
Review and Sense Check
It is important to have an expert who not only understands the requirements but has also been through the process herself. Michelle has helped over 100 tech entrepreneurs and talent just like you. With a 70-80% success rate, Michelle spots gaps, reviews your thought process and helps you improve your application.
Answer Your Questions
Got any niggling questions that you just can’t find the answer to? Let Michelle take the stress out of the application process by answering all your questions that is relevant to you and your situation, give you ideas on how you can strengthen your application and provide tips and guidance on how to present your evidence in the right way
Weekly Skype Calls
Michelle’s bespoke 1-2-1 consultancy package of support includes weekly skype calls to discuss your application in detail and help you fulfil the criteria, meet the guidelines, answer all your questions and help you structure your application. Michelle only accepts a limited number of clients per month giving you her undivided attention.
michelle’s packages of support
Michelle provides 4 packages of support for the Stage 1 Endorsement application.
- Do It Yourself Package
- Webinar Presentation
- Full Explainer Videos
- Interviews from Other Successful Recipients
- Appeals and How to Avoid Them
- Resources and Materials
- My own Application Documents
ONE HOUR SKYPE CALL
- Q&A session with Michelle
- Get answers to any questions you may have
- My tips and advice on where your application could be improved
- Go into more depth with your evidence, documents, letters of recommendation and personal statement,
- Receive bespoke advice on how to increase your likelihood of success!
- Do It Yourself Package
- Access to Membership Area
- Appeals Webinar Presentation
- Assessor Feedback Examples
- Suggested Appeal Wording
1-2-1 BESPOKE PACKAGE
Michelle’s Premium Bespoke 1-2-1 support
- 8 weeks full support
Weekly skype calls
- Guidance to determine your Key and Qualifying Criteria and evidence against each criteria
- Edit, review and sense check all your content in each piece of evidence
Guidance and support for your personal statement, letters of support and recommendation
- Full Review & Edit of your CV and Linkedin Profile
- Advice in structuring & strengthening your application in the right way
TECH NATION STATS
Since the launch of the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa scheme in 2014, 1000 applicants have been endorsed. Applicants from India, USA and Nigeria make up the highest number of submissions.
APPLICATIONS ENDORSED ALREADY
Since 2016, Michelle has assisted over 100 highly skilled tech entrepreneurs and talent with the Stage 1 Global Talent (formerly Exceptional Talent) Visa endorsement process. Michelle has been through the process herself, is the former Ambassador for the #TechNationVisa Scheme and being a UK tech entrepreneur herself, Michelle understands the UK tech sector to help you succeed in your endorsement application.
BLOGS AND INTERVIEWS
Michelle has written blogs about the Global Talent (formerly Exceptional Talent) Visa endorsement process and has interviewed successful recipients including her own clients that she successfully assisted. Here are her Top 10 Blogs.
Top 10 Blogs
- Changes to the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa
- What is the Global Talent Visa?
- Top 10 FAQs #TechNationVisa
- More Top 10 FAQs #TechNationVisa
- Am I Eligible?
- How to Become an Expert in Digital Technologies
- How I Received my Exceptional Talent EndorsementHow Hara Two Applied Three Times Before Being Successful
- Exceptionally Talented Woman in Tech
- Were you Unsuccessful in your Endorsement Application?
I felt an absolute whirlwind of emotions. One moment you feel very confident, the next you’re not sure, but Michelle was extremely reassuring and based on her own experience and experience with other clients, she’s seen it all. There’s something very comforting in knowing you’re not the only person to doubt yourself during this process. The most remarkable part was the amount of confidence I began to build during our time in working together.
I received so much more than just materials and resources. Michelle provided a valuable second eye on all my documents and writing, she questioned and helped problem-solve and provided endless encouragement which, trust me you’re going to need and be very thankful for.
I’m so grateful for my time with Michelle, we laughed, I cried (almost), and I have come out of the process more confident in who I am as a professional, but also where I want to take my career. It’s so worth it!
Jillian, Senior UX Designer, Exceptional Talent Visa recipient.
The amount of work and the effort you put in is remarkable and that was the whole reason I could make it successful. I recall when I started thinking about the 10 documents and the day I submitted, you helped improve the quality and language of my documents and application by more than 80%. I only had the content in my mind but you gave my whole documentation and application proper shape. Thank you Michelle from the bottom of my heart.
Ajay – Enterprise Architect, Exceptional Promise Visa recipient.
“When I met Michelle her enthusiasm about the Tech Nation Visa was highly contagious.
She told me not to worry about it and made me feel confident all the time. She provided key guidance on the type of documents to present, what to discard and how to present the most relevant evidence, e.g. she advised me on how to write the main idea from the personal statement and my technical reports. Last but not least she shared with me some templates that describe the way to submit each one of the supporting documents, including a checklist, since the application guideline is not as clear as one would like it to be. Michelle showed sincere interest on getting my endorsement approved and when I finally got my Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa she showed the same excitement that I felt. Thank you Michelle!
Daniel – Lead Engineer Mexico, Exceptional Promise Visa recipient.
It was great for me to work with Michelle. She was really helpful with my application in all of its stages. She also saved me a lot of time. I’m deeply thankful for her assistance”.
Elísio – CTO & Electrical Engineer, Exceptional Talent Visa recipient.
“Hi Michelle. I wanted to drop you a quick email to say “thank you” for having a call with me during the summer and encouraging me to apply for Tier 1 visa. I got the decision yesterday and I got the endorsement, so thank you so much for your help and support. It means alot”.
Taras – Tech Entrepreneur, Exceptional Promise Visa recipient.
“I’m writing to tell you some amazing news! I just got the endorsement! =) Very happy about it!
I appreciate all the help and thank you for all the very valuable info you gave me, I’ll be forever grateful!”
Jônatas – Digital Designer, Exceptional Talent Visa recipient.
“Hi Michelle. I wanted to let you know I just got word that I received my Exceptional Talent endorsement from TechNation. Thank you so much for your site, templates and your time to discuss. If I hadn’t chatted with you, had your templates or read your blog of others’ experiences, I think the process would have been very challenging and ended up with an unsuccessful result or I might not have taken this route at all”.
Sue – Director of Marketing and Customer Experience, Exceptional Talent visa recipient.
“When I was first researching the Exceptional Talent Visa, your blog was my first stop that gave me direction on how to start and what to do. With your writing, you have inspired me to be confident in applying for this visa. It made my life easier with all the information you accumulated, especially with your Tech Nation Visa blog series. So thanks a lot
Ryzal – Developer, Exceptional Promise Visa recipient.
“I am delighted to be able to offer this feedback to Michelle Hua whose templates and general advice has helped me significantly in preparing an effective personal mission statement. I really can’t thank her enough for the support and guidance on this matter. Absolutely amazing and excellent delivery. Thanks, Michelle, keep doing great things!”
Maxel – Software engineer, Johannesburg
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