Tech Nation visa changes

19 November 2020
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The Tech Nation visa application will change on 01 December 2020. Digital Tech applicants applying for endorsement should be mindful of the changes prior to submitting an application.

The Key and Qualifying criteria will no longer be applicable. Instead, they will be replaced by a ‘simpler’ set of mandatory and optional criteria. Tech Nation has stated that this change is being brought about to “reflect the requirement that Tech Nation’s Global Talent applicants must be either Leaders or Potential Leaders in the digital technology sector.”

However, essentially the Key and Qualifying criteria that are currently in place will remain but are simply being ‘re-ordered’. Interestingly, the Qualifying criteria for ‘continuous learning/mastery of new skills is being removed altogether’.

From the 1 December 2020 the new criteria for the Tech Nation visa endoresement application will be as follows with the official rules:

EXCEPTIONAL TALENT

GTE 7.3. An applicant evidencing exceptional talent must:

(a) show that they have been recognised as a leading talent in the digital technology sector; and

(b) provide evidence of 2 of the following:

(i) a proven track record for innovation as a founder or senior executive of a product-led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept; or

(ii) proof of recognition for work beyond the applicant’s occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field; or

(iii) they have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder, senior executive or employee of a product-led digital technology company; or

(iv) they have demonstrated exceptional ability in the field by academic contributions, through research published or endorsed by an expert.

EXCEPTIONAL PROMISE

GTE 7.4. An applicant evidencing exceptional promise must:

(a) show they have been recognised as having the potential to be a leading talent in the digital technology field; and

(b) provide evidence of 2 of the following:

(i) at least 2 examples of innovation as a founder of a product led digital technology company or as an employee working on a new digital field or concept; or

(ii) proof of recognition for work beyond the applicant’s occupation that contributes to the advancement of the field; or

(iii) they have made significant technical, commercial or entrepreneurial contributions to the field as a founder or employee of a product-led digital technology company; or

(iv) at least 2 examples of exceptional ability in the field by academic contributions, or through research endorsed by an expert.

If you are making an application for a UK Global Talent visa then speak with one of our expert visa lawyers today. You can get impartial advice with a no-obligation assessment which you can book on our website or call us on +44 203 617 1111