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SHOULD I APPLY UNDER EXCEPTIONAL TALENT OR EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE?

03/03/2022
The first step on the Global Talent Visa journey is to choose the right route to apply under for the Tech Nation endorsement, but candidates are often confused about which one to select — Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise?

These routes are for those applicants who are able to demonstrate their current leading experience, or their potential to become a future leader in the digital tech field.

Do you consider yourself a talented or promising individual, and want to work in the UK’s digital technology sector? Here is what you should know about the difference between Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise routes and their requirements.
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The first step on the Global Talent Visa journey is to choose the right route to apply under for the Tech Nation endorsement, but candidates are often confused about which one to select — Exceptional Talent or Exceptional Promise?

These routes are for those applicants who are able to demonstrate their current leading experience, or their potential to become a future leader in thedigital tech field.

Do you consider yourself a talented or promising individual, and want to work in the UK’s digital technology sector? Here is what you should know about the difference between Exceptional Talent and Exceptional Promise routes and their requirements.
The Global Talent Visa, unlike other immigration categories, comes with considerable advantages. It allows you to work
in the UK on a flexible basis with lesser costs and fewer restrictions compared to other routes.
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Applicants for tech nation endorsement must either:



  • Meet one mandatory, and two optional “Exceptional Talent” criteria from the list below,

OR

  • Meet one mandatory, and two optional “Exceptional Promise” criteria from the list below.

EXCEPTIONAL TALENT

Exceptional Talent (leader) is a uniquely talented, and recognized individual (who has a track record of achievements) in the digital technology field. Candidates applying under this category usually have more than 5 years' worth of experience in tech.

  1. Eligibility

You must be able to demonstrate your outstanding achievements in the tech industry, andprovide at least 2 pieces of evidence listed below.

2. Evidence for Exceptional Talent candidates

  • A proven record of achievements in a senior (or founder) position of tech company, or be an employee thereof.
  • Proof of applicant’s significant innovative contribution to the development of the digital technology field, outside the immediate occupation.
  • Proof that applicant was responsible for remarkable technical, commercial or entrepreneurial advancement to the field as a founder, senior executive, board member, or an employee of a product-led digital technology company.
  • Proof of demonstrating exceptional academic research contributions in the field, endorsed by research supervisor, or expert.
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EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE

Exceptional Promise (emerging leader) is for emerging professionals who have a potential to become a leading talent in the digital tech industry, and contribute as a future leader in their industry. Exceptional Promise candidates may be at an early stage of their career (less than 5 years of experience in the field) but must be able to demonstrate some significant achievements, and contributions to the tech sector.

  1. Eligibility

You must be able to prove that you are an emerging leader, talented individual, who has a huge potential to grow, make remarkable contributions, and be recognized as potentially cutting-edge talent in the digital tech industry. Also, you will need to provide evidence of 2 of the following

2. Evidence for Exceptional Promise candidates

  • At least 1 example of innovation for the company in the technology field, as founder, or an employee.
  • At least 1 example of recognition of activity contributing in advancement in the digital tech sector outside immediate work occupation.
  • At least 1 example of proof of exceptional technical, commercial, or entrepreneurial contributions in the digital technology sector as a founder, or an employee at a product-led digital technology company.
  • At least 1 example of outstanding contribution to the academic field through research endorsed by an expert.

Check out specific examples of evidence in our article.

After you submit your endorsement application under one of these categories, Tech Nation will assess your application, and establish your eligibility for given categories. It is important to note that besides your fit for the criteria, Tech Nation will independently decide whether they consider the applicant to be endorsed, or not, and for which route. It is at Tech Nation’s discretion to assess each application on its own merits, and make a recommendation for, or against their endorsement.

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