Why this blog post?
After months of preparation and hard work, I finally got my global talent endorsement in digital technology and I want to share great tips that would help with your Global Talent Visa application as well.
I won’t go into any more details than you could easily find with some simple Google research. The aim is to disclose information that could easily influence success with your application. Feel free to review the subject here as I’d be assuming you at least know the basics about this Global talent application.
But let’s cover some background info regardless:
What is the Global Talent Visa?
According to UKRI, the Global Talent Visa is ‘a UK immigration category for talented and promising individuals in specific sectors wishing to work in the UK. It replaced the Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa on 20 February 2020.’
Why should you care about the Global Talent Visa?
It’s kind of a big deal if you plan to live and work in one of the most powerful and well-rewarding economies in the world. The fact you’re reading this blog tells me you probably know the compelling benefits of this visa. It’s one of the best ways to settle with your family and relatives in the UK within the shortest time possible and with a lot of freedom in movement and work. TBH, it IS the best way right now.
Now for the nitty-gritty: my top tips for success!
1. Work with a Sense of Urgency
If you don’t have a sense of urgency about your application (or anything for that matter), you increase the likelihood of disappointment or failure. Now this isn’t just specifically about your application now but the whole process that leads up to it. I started identifying potential referees five months before I had put one jot on paper for my application. I started getting letters from them from about two months before my application. Now see the time between when I started planning on the referees to contact and when I hit pay-dirt?
Start working urgently like you plan to submit tomorrow. Let your referees and other contacts feel this urgency in your communication.
Planning, more than anything, helps you make the best use of time.
I started planning over 7-9 months earlier for my application – outlining requirements, chatting to other successful applicants, downloading a letter template here and there. Just little but crucial things. At that time, I was working full-time, volunteering and schooling, all with a family to boot. To make it happen, I had to find a way to create time that wasn’t just there. You haven’t got all the time you need on your hands either and planning helps you focus and accomplish much with a little time. Commit to doing something, no matter how little, about your plan each day. Always use a daily to-do list.
In relation to your application, plan your Finance – It’s the one big F that makes a difference between your plans being a fantasy or coming to fruition. I spent more money – especially on personal development relevant to my application – than I planned to, even though it was worth it.
3. Start Early
It’s never too early to start looking for referees to write recommendations for you; it’s never too early to start piecing relevant evidence together, writing a strategic CV or drafting a personal statement. For example, your whole application practically pivots on the three recommendations required. If they are weak, you have a fundamentally weak argument for why you should be granted the visa – no matter how strong every other document is. You want to nail these letters like a superstar. Nailing these letters might involve several edits between both the referee and a mentor; you need ample time for feedback and correction.
if you don’t know anybody important that can write a glowing recommendation for you now, plan to build a relationship early; find a key person on LinkedIn, introduce yourself; at some point, offer to do some pro bono work for your potential referee and then ask for their recommendation eventually. There’re more details to this strategy but I’d say you need about 4-6 months to execute.
4. Connect with mentors
One of the worst moves you can make is attempting the application process without a mentor to give feedback and guidance. In retrospect, I can say that this is a key factor that led to my success. I shamelessly plagued my mentors for advise and feedback; fortunately they were so gracious, empathetic and patient with me. Needless to say, also respect their time and commitments. This is why starting early with your application is the way to go – so that you don’t become the mad man banging on doors by 2 am. (I am available as a mentor – Contact me)
5. Be realistic
Take a long hard look at your situation – financially, career wise and so on – and ask yourself: is this a direction I should take?
Earlier, there was a cap of about 2000 endorsements annually (it’s unlimited under the Global Talent visa) which was never hit. And this was not because of a lack of applications; I daresay there are as many applications and apparently a good number of them do not succeed. Getting the Global Talent visa IS difficult, I won’t mince words. So one has to be careful, realistic and highly disciplined in action when it comes to this application.
Also the costs can be prohibitive; the endorsement application alone is about £456; and then you’d need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge for each year you are in the UK up until you achieve ILR (Indefinite Leave to Remain). It’s currently £400 per head and is going up to about £600 this year. Throw in multiples if you’re planning on bringing along family. You’d need to factor in travel tickets, accommodation expenses and all too. And this is only the money part.
Don’t be blinded by the opportunity the visa promises or you may end up spending time and hard-earned cash in vain.
But this isn’t to discourage you at all; if possible, don’t make up your mind on whether you should or shouldn’t go for this application until we have communicated!
If this is something you want, I can help you get on track. I’m happy to provide ongoing mentorship, guidance, relevant templates and other tools you need to make a successful application. Let’s talk!