1st Stage Endorsement

I am planning to submit my application for endorsement this month but I am very worried and will require your assistance in clarifying issues.

  1. I have worked 2 years with a telecommunication company as a network engineer and 12 years with Deloitte as an Infrastructure Management Analyst and now IT Lead. I am not sure if Technation will assess me based on the fact that I work in the IT department or must the company I work for be a digital technology company?
  2. If this is not possible what are the other options available for me to explore.

Thank you all for your anticipated response.

Hello @eolugbile,

Based on your background and the Tech Nation visa guide it does look that your application is not falling into focus area and maybe rejected (please refer to https://technation.io/visa-tech-nation-visa-guide/#typical-applicants)

  1. It looks that Tech Nation is particularly interested in either entrepreneurs or developers/researchers providing a substantial amount of either innovation or impact on the industry worldwide (and ideally both)
  2. I am not sure, but Infrastructure Management Alanyst may appear a different name for Sysadmins, which are particularly listed as specialism generally not considered suitable. That being said, one’s personal record of innovation and impact is what really matters.

I’d suggest having a look at the https://technation.io/visa-tech-nation-visa-guide/#documents--evidence part and ask yourself - will you be able to provide convincing evidence for all the required criteria?

You can also ask yourself if you’re able to answer yes to at least two (but obviously the more the better) of the questions below:

  1. Do you have a track record of publications/conference talks in high-profile conferences which were well received by the community or experts?
  2. Did you lead a particularly successful initiative within the company resulting in some tangible beneficial changes in the organisation, e.g. revenue growth, significant improvement of ROI, etc.
  3. Are you an author of one or several prominent open source technologies that are widely used or recognised by community/experts?
  4. Do you have a track record of innovation in the industry?
  5. Were you recognised outside of your organisation as a leading talent or a someone who has such potential by independent experts/organisation? That’s a tricky one. Examples might be that there was an article about you in a respected magazine or you got praise for your contribution from an institution or government organisation.
  6. Have you lead/started a successful (or promising) product-led company?

If you can’t answer ‘yes’ for at least two of the questions above applying for an endorsement maybe just a waste of time and money.

Unfortunately, there are not many alternatives to Global Talent visa for IT specialists - Skilled Worker visa seems to be the only one, to be honest; and I have an impression that they are most interested in Senior Developers/ Testers/Data Scientists rather than Infrastructure Management Analysts or IT leads.

There’s also one rule of thumb I use - usually, the candidate who is likely to be endorsed as Exceptional Talent/Promise will have no issues finding a job offer with a Skilled Worker visa sponsor.


  • I am not a lawyer and that is not legal advice
  • I don’t work for Tech Nation; I don’t represent Tech Nation in any form