Academic contribution is one of the four optional criteria for the Global Talent Visa application. Unlike significant contribution, innovation and outside occupation criteria, academic contribution is rarely chosen by digital specialists, as their experience is more practice-based.
💬 Immigram notes:
“Data scientists applying for a Global Talent Visa with us often choose this criterion. Since they usually have an academic background, the evidence of academic contribution is straightforward.”
According to Tech Nation, an applicant in either subcategory — an Exceptional Promise or Exceptional Talent — has to provide “at least 1 example of exceptional ability in the [digital] field by academic contributions through research published and endorsed by an expert”.
What does it mean?
To match the academic contribution criterion, a candidate has to provide at least 3 published academic articles/research, or any other proof of academic contribution from the list below.
Additionally, an applicant for the Global Talent Visa has to provide at least one reference letter signed by a research supervisor or other recognised academic expert with a high h-index. The letter has to affirm the potential of the provided research and describe the candidate’s achievements in the academic field.
Participating at peer-reviewed research conferences or awards at competitive peer-reviewed research grants can also serve as evidence for the academic contribution criterion.
💬 Immigram notes:
“We don’t advise choosing this criterion if an applicant under an Exceptional Talent subcategory doesn’t have a PhD degree. There is no such a requirement in the Tech Nation guide but without the degree it will be nearly impossible for a candidate to qualify. Learn more about the difference in the evidence for Promise and Talent candidates here.”
Immigram offers Global Talent Visa guidance to digital tech candidates in choosing criteria and compiling the necessary evidence. Take our scoring test to evaluate your chances of getting the visa and get detailed feedback from our team.
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