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UK Global Talent Visa (IT). Tips for preparing a Recommendation Letter


The Global Talent Visa UK (IT) is a visa program designed to attract the brightest and most talented individuals in the tech industry to the UK.

To qualify for this visa, applicants need to obtain an endorsement from IT Endorsing body (Tech Nation), which includes submitting a recommendation letter along with other necessary documentation.

The recommendation letter is a crucial component of the application, as it provides Tech Nation with an assessment of the applicant’s skills and expertise. In this article, we will discuss some tips for preparing a recommendation letter for the UK Global Talent Visa (IT).

The credibility of the author of the recommendation letter is directly proportional to Tech Nation’s level of confidence in the objectivity of their assessment. Consequently, it is recommended that you provide a concise summary of your accomplishments in your CV and Personal Statement, while the recommendation letters should provide a detailed account of your achievements.

Main Requirements for Recommendation Letters

  • You must provide 3 recommendation letters (this is mandatory)
  • All 3 letters must be from different people
  • All letters must be provided on company’s letterhead
  • All letters must be dated and signed Each letters must be 1-3 pages long
  • Each letter must also be accompanied by the referee’s CV

Main points in your recommendation letters.

  • Each letter must show your achievements in the digital technology sector, and how you are a leader or potential leader.
  • Each letter must say how you would benefit from living in the UK.
  • Each letter must say how you would contribute to the digital technology field in the UK.
  • Each letter must be about your Global Talent application – you cannot use a letter that was written for another reason.

Letters which 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.

It is also important to provide an introduction to the referee, which includes their current industry position. Referee’s participation in professional communities, organisations (if relevant). If a referee is a notable figure in the UK, do highlight it. This paragraph should not be longer than a half of the A4 page.

Main body of Recommendation Letter:

  1. The letters should include how the referee knows the applicant and how they met. It is necessary to include the referee’s professional opinion of the applicant, and why they consider the applicant to be a leader or potential leader in the industry. Referee should mention your current job position and your achievements that he witnessed (this paragraph should be very detailed, around 2/3 of A4 page)
  2. The referee should describe how you will contribute to the digital sector in the UK and provide their opinion on how you will help to develop the digital sector in the country. If possible, one to two paragraphs could be dedicated to mentioning a particular technology that the applicant will be implementing in the UK and how this technology will contribute to the growth of the industry.
  3. Summarize the applicant’s achievements & closing lines.
  4. The referee is required to provide detailed information about your accomplishments in specific projects and tasks, including quantitative and qualitative indicators, achievements of goals, and growth, and explain them in a comprehensive and detailed manner.
  5. A referee’s CV must accompany each reference letter (normally 1-2 pages long). It must contain sections about his/her Education, Professional Experience & Awards/Achievements. If the referee has a LinkedIn Profile, it would be good to include a link to it in addition to the CV.

Key tips for writing a strong Recommendation Letter.

Recommendation letters should provide an objective assessment of the applicant’s skills and experience, highlighting their key achievements and contributions in their field. The letter should also provide insights into the applicant’s potential for further growth and development, as well as their ability to contribute to the UK tech industry.

  • Make sure your referee is a recognised leader in the digital industry.
  • Using numbers can add context to your achievements and prove the impact you’ve made. Use descriptive adjectives like ‘outstanding’,’remarkable’, ‘driven’, etc. to emphasize your unique achievements.
  • Your recommendation letter should be concise & well-structured (use paragraphs, linking words, etc.)
  • Always proofread each recommendation letter, so you can avoid any typos and mistakes.

In conclusion, preparing a recommendation letter for the UK Global Talent Visa (IT) is a significant component of your application. However, with these tips, you can ensure that your letter is as effective as possible. Remember that the referee should focus on your accomplishments, provide specific examples to support your claims, and be honest and objective. By keeping these strategies in mind, you can present your best self and improve your chances of receiving endorsement from Tech Nation.