Recommendation Letters for Tech Nation Global Talent Visa



The Global Talent Visa is a Tier 1 Visa that allows the best tech talent from around the world to come and work in the UK’s digital technology sector, contributing their cutting-edge expertise, creativity and innovation to maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the global digital economy.


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With the Global Talent Visa, you can bring your family with you to the UK, you can work for any company of your choice, you can register and build your own company, and you can work for yourself. Additionally, after a 3-5 year period, you can get your ILR and eventually become a UK Citizen if you choose to. Beyond these, it has a very fast procession timeline and doesn’t require any proof of funds or english tests.

But before you apply for the Visa, you need to seek an endorsement from a body called Tech Nation. Afterward, you then use this endorsement to apply for your Global Talent Visa at the UK Home Office.

Nationality of applicants to the Tech Nation Visa (2014-2021)


To get this endorsement, you have to submit 15 documents, each within a thousand words and 3 pages, which include:

  • Your Personal Statement – 1 document
  • Your CV – 1 document
  • Your pieces of evidence – 10 documents
  • Your Recommendation Letters – 3 documents

In this video, I’ll show you exactly how to get and turn in strong recommendation letters for the Global Talent Visa.

Tech Nation Global Talent Visa


When submitting your application for Endorsement, Tech Nation requires three letters of recommendation from three different well-established organisations acknowledged as experts in the digital technology field.

Each person who writes a letter for you must:

  •         Know your work and be a senior member of their organization (Not necessarily your company)

The letter must:

  •         Be about your Global Talent application – you cannot use a letter that was written for another reason
  •         Explain how the author knows the applicant; and
  •         Knows the applicant’s achievements in the relevant field; and
  •         How the author considers the applicant shows exceptional talent or promise; and
  •         the contribution the applicant would make to the UK digital economy.
  •         Be typed and dated
  •         Be signed by the author, or by someone on behalf of the organisation recommending you
  •         Include a telephone number and email address, and the organisation’s logo and registered address, if applicable
  •         Come with the author’s CV (or other proof of their credentials that the endorsing body will accept)
  •         Letters that are deemed by Tech Nation to be duplicates or templates, or closely matching the contents of evidence submitted by other applicants, may be considered fraudulent or not acceptable as evidence for endorsement.
  •         Don’t copy. Be up to 3 single sides of A4 paper, excluding the author’s credentials and contact details


Tech Nation



So how do you find these people and ask them to recommend you? I get asked this question a lot. The answer? Very simply – leverage your best relationships in tech. First, understand that we are always one or two relationships away from anyone we need to reach. If you can’t find that person, which is rare, then look for someone that knows someone that knows that person. Then get their contact, email, phone number, and shoot your shot strategically. Of course, you want to come from a place of value.


Dear Recommender,

I hope you’re well. Well done on your incredibly inspiring works across the ecosystem. I’m in the process of applying for the UK Global Talent Visa and want to ask if you could kindly write me a strong recommendation letter.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as.. [ here describe your relationship to the recommender]. As my [CEO/manager], I believe you could honestly and effectively vouch for my

    I’ve demonstrated during our time together. 

    I appreciate you considering my request. The deadline for submitting the letter is [date]. I’ve attached an updated version of my [resume/brag sheet], as well as the details on the letter spec. If you need any additional information, don’t hesitate to contact me. 

    Thank you for your time and support.


    [Your Name]



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