Tech Nation’s guide mainly consists of relatively general terms, which might confuse applicants. This is also confirmed by the Home Office survey — 47% of respondents who applied for the Global Talent Visa reported that the visa requirements were not clear enough.
However, vague definitions provide the opportunity to interpret the criteria in candidates’ favour — it’s crucial to know how to do it correctly.
Let’s talk about the innovation criteria — it’s considered one of the most ambiguous ones. Tech Nation quite often rejects applications due to non-compliance with this criterion.
According to the Tech Nation’s guide, the candidate needs to demonstrate that they:
The guide requires proof of market traction and validation as part of evidence for any criteria. This also applies to innovation.
Imagine a situation: a specialist launches a profitable and successful Uber clone. By Tech Nation’s definition, this can act as proof of the innovation criterion. But there’s a catch: the product isn’t new, so caseworkers won’t take it into account.
The rule works both ways — an innovative product without a market turnover will also not be counted as evidence.
That’s why it’s vital to work closely with the wording and context in which the innovation is displayed:
There are many similar examples of ambiguous criteria in Tech Nation’s guide. Navigating them on one’s own can be quite challenging.
Read our blog to learn more about the Global Talent Visa criteria.
It’s important to remember that Tech Nation’s refusal to endorse a candidate does not always mean that they are not talented enough. 80% of a case’s success depends on how it was prepared and assembled. That’s why you should not give if you’re rejected after applying on your own.
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