Home Office Guidance

The Home Office Guidance describes the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa across the whole range of industries, such as Arts, Science, Technology &c. The version that was available at the time I applied was 01/2018, but the current version is 11/2018 which just adds the consideration factors. Those factors make sense for the previous version as well. Although the guidance is asking to meet "at least" one key and two qualifying criterion (p. 34), it also says "or" (p. 38) — moreover, the younoodle.com platform where the application is made says: "Which key and qualifying criteria are you applying for? Please choose one key criteria and two qualifying". Therefore, it is not necessary to meet both of the key criteria.

Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Home Office Guidance
Tier 1
(Exceptional Talent) of the Points Based System – Policy Guidance

version 01/18

View PDF
man with sun behind Promise Definition

Exceptional Promise criteria for applicants who (pp. 8, 35-36):

  • May be earlier in their careers but have already shown the potential to make significant contributions as a future leader in their field;
  • Have yet to establish a track record in innovation;
  • Might not have the same levels of experience as those that would be endorsed via the Exceptional Talent criteria;
  • Demonstrate the potential to be a leader in digital technology through their skills and achievements thus far.
todo list icon Consideration Factors (November 2018)

When assessing your application, Tech Nation will take into consideration (p. 40):

  • Your track record/career history (including your international standing, the significance of your work and the impact of your activity in a company or as an individual);
  • The strength of the supporting statements in the letter of personal recommendation, and evidence in relation to qualifying criteria; and
  • The expected benefits of your presence in the UK in terms of the contribution to the UK digital technology sector.
  • Factors including but not limited to, your academic track record and salary level if employed, the company you are being hired by if an employee, the amount of money raised if you are an entrepreneur.
checkmark icon Criteria

Applicants must meet at least one of the key, and at least two of the qualifying, criteria (p. 34).

In meeting these criteria, you must demonstrate proven commercial or technical expertise in building, using, deploying or exploiting a technology stack and building technical infrastructure (p. 35).

idea icon Key Criterion 1: two innovations

Provide two or more examples of innovation in the digital technology sector as a founder of a digital technology sector company or an employee working in a new digital field or concept that must be clearly evidenced (p. 38).

  • Evidence of employment contract or articles of association.
  • If you are an employee working in a new digital field or concept, this must be clearly demonstrated (e.g., a patent application).
people collaboration icon Key Criterion 2: Recognition — Not Applicable

Proof of recognition for work outside your immediate occupation that has contributed to the advancement of the sector (e.g. evidence that you have gone beyond your day to day profession to engage in an activity that contributes to the advancement of the sector)(p. 38).

  • Evidence of contributions to an Open Source project;
  • Your GitHub profile demonstrating active participation in a collaborative project;
  • Your Stack Overflow profile showing significant contribution to discussions around code;
  • A link to one or more videos of talks or conferences that have had a significant viewership;
  • An op-ed or news article that exemplifies thought leadership, evidence of mentorship.
  • Evidence of sharing or teaching skills, such as mentoring if at a workplace.
positive growth icon Qualifying Criterion 2: Potential

Have been recognised as having the potential to be a leading talent in the digital technology sector (p. 40)

  • You have authored a well-reviewed book on digital technology or on programming or published material in a professional or major trade publication. You must include the title, date and evidence that you are the author of such published material and any necessary translation;
  • You led the growth of a company or product, as evidenced by a letter from a co-founder, supervisor or eminent colleague describing your work, or as evidenced by news clippings, lines of code or similar evidence of your choice.
reading icon Qualifying Criterion 3: Continuous Learning

Have undergone continuous learning / mastery of new digital skills (commercial or technical) throughout your career (p. 40).

  • Evidence of having continuously updated technical or commercial skills showing clear progression and achievement. This can be in the form of various projects or courses completed (whether at university or independently), which demonstrate a clear progression either in depth or breadth;
  • Evidence of experimenting with new technologies, coding libraries or languages, or tools, as evidenced for example on your GitHub or Stack Overflow profile;
  • Evidence of learning processes or tools such as Agile or Scrum or of an up-to-date knowledge of your sector trends, as shown for example by a relevant qualification, or by a talk in a prestigious conference.

section break

© 2019 Art Deco
anton [dog] adc.sh Tech Nation Sucks0.3.0

Vector Designs (Banana Tree Leaves & Fruit, Men) Vecteezy.com