Global talent visa (SUCCESS CASE!) guidance for applying

The global talent visa guidance for the UK offers some key insights, which in this video are drawn out through a case study of a successful applicant:

  1. Technical applicants must demonstrate proven technical expertise with the latest technologies in building, using, deploying or exploiting a technology stack and building technical infrastructure.
  2. Business applicants must demonstrate a proven commercial, investment, or product expertise in building digital products or leading investments in significant digital product businesses.

The applicant must meet one of the following:

(i) They satisfy 1 of the key “Exceptional Talent” criteria and 2 of the qualifying “Exceptional Talent” criteria.

(ii)They satisfy 1 of the key “Exceptional Promise” criteria and 2 of the qualifying “Exceptional Promise” criteria.

Below, you will find the transcript for the video on ‘Global Talent Visa (success Case) guidance for applying.


Hi, let’s have a look at a success case study from the global talent visa. This is a visa route relatively that is fairly new and then, of course, we have the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, not many applications have gone through but I’m pleased to report back that I have spoken with a successful applicant.

The global talent route has various sub-routes, one of which is digital technology. There is also; science, engineering, humanities, medicine and digital technology. In this case, this applicant was in fact unsuccessful in applying for exceptional talent but was successful in applying under the exceptional promise route. She will explain what she did differently in the two different applications.

The fast track route involves an endorsement. You have to be accepted by one of the following incubators which are listed in the list here. So within the exceptional promise route, you’ve got two different routes. You’ve got the technical applicants and the business applicants. Now the interesting thing about this case study is that this was a business route. If you’ve got the technical skills then it’s easier to provide the empirical evidence to support your application than it is as a business applicant. Technical applicants must demonstrate proven technical expertise with the latest technologies in using, deploying and building the technical infrastructure. In contrast, business applicants must demonstrate proven commercial investment or product expertise in building digital products or leading investments in significant digital product businesses.

So for the exceptional promise route, the applicant needed to satisfy two of the key exceptional promising promise criteria. The first one was to provide more than one example of innovation in a digital technology sector or prove to be a founder of a product-led digital technology company or an employee working in a new digital field or concept. It must be clearly evidenced and when it specifies more than one example it means you need at least two examples of innovation.

In this case, she was the founder of a successful business which was based around the sale of furniture. The concept was basically to market packages of furniture as digital products rather than individual products. It was new to the market and hadn’t been done before. It is as an example of innovation in the digital technologies sector because, although it was a traditional business of selling furniture, it was innovative as they were selling furniture digitally via a web app. The applicant was the founder of a product-led digital technology company. I’ve often understood this as being product-led in the sense of the digital product being on an app. The way that the applicant was doing it was by designing an app through which people could choose different furniture items and furnishings and place those items virtually into a room. The idea satisfied the criteria for innovation since it was innovative, it was in the digital technology sector and she was the founder. Plus, it was a product-led business.

 The second criterion is proof of recognition of work outside the applicant’s immediate occupation. Those who have contributed to the advancement of this sector and gone beyond their day-to-day profession to engage in an activity that contributes to the advancement of the sector. Previously, I had understood advancements as in creating new technological innovations but this was interesting in that she had contributed to helping younger people, particularly women, who were getting into digital technology. This is an example of contributing to the advancement of the sector in a way that’s about helping young people and women who may experience more barriers than men in entering the profession. If you’re a business applicant, you can be doing something broader in the sense of either charitable activity or activity that’s about assisting the lower end of your profession.

You will also need letters of recommendation. Your referees need to confirm that you’ve undergone continuous learning or have mastered new digital skills throughout your career. You need to show that you have been continuously pushing yourself and advancing your career.

You can also provide more than one example of innovation in the field by making academic contributions through research which is endorsed by a research supervisor or expert. In the applicant’s case, she was working closely with the academics on her MA degree, which had a strong element of innovation and creativity. Here, we can see this as an example of combining the criterion of undergoing continuous learning with the criterion of undergoing innovative research.

Of course, we’ve got more interviews with successful applicants coming up, so do subscribe. If you’d like to arrange a consultation with me I’d be very happy to assist. Thanks so much for your time, bye for now.

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