Eligibility criteria

While I’m going through the documentation process, few statements confused me. Thought of taking some inputs from forum will be nice.

Sorry for lengthy post.

This excludes general consultancies, outsourcing and technology-related consultancy groups focused on process/service delivery or solutions/systems architecture. Such firms do not meet the guidelines, particularly those primarily serving large corporate or multinational corporate (MNC) customers

Three Question here -

Out of my 10yrs of career, I worked for Cognizant around 8yrs and 2 years for small size consultancy. 1. Does Cognizant will be excluded because it’s offers consultancy service to it’s customers cross the globe.
2. My current title is technology Architect and looking for Enterprise Architect roles in UK. Does these roles meet the criteria?
3. Reference letters from my current colleague is valid?

Regarding mandate eligibility criteria -

You led the growth of a product-led digital technology company, product or team inside a digital technology company, as evidenced by reference letter(s) from leading industry expert(s) describing your work.

Question here -
4. Does Tech Nation only consider work from product-led company? Service based companies will not fit? I never worked for any product-led company but I developed certain solutions to have a simplied process ( $ savings to the organization). Can I quite this?

You have held or hold a significant expert role participating on panels, or individually, assessing the work of others in the same field or a field of specialisation related to the digital technology sector.

Question here is -
5. As an Architect, I’m managing a team of 4 resources. They are not direct reportees to me but I will manage them. Can I quote this as evidence ?

How do I demonstrate that I have been recognised for my work outside of my immediate occupation that contributed to the advancement of the sector?

You can demonstrate this by providing evidence that you have gone beyond your day-to-day profession to engage in an activity that contributes to the advancement of the sector. Examples may include mentoring, advising, organising interest groups, leading on policy, teaching at a university or participating in clubs or societies for the furthering of the field.

Question here is -
6. I mentored upcoming graduates of my university. Can I add it as supporting evidence. Email confirmation from department will be sufficient?

@gopipurilla - I am going to add this blanket response up front before I address the specific questions - the TechNation visa is meant to attract global “exceptional” talent in tech sector. If what you do is done by 100K others across the world, then I am afraid TechNation visa isn’t meant for you. The criteria mentioned by TN is specifically meant to identify whether or not you are exceptional.

  1. I don’t think Cognizant is explicitly excluded, but the visa isn’t directed at people working in companies like Cognizant. Of course, you could have done something exceptional while working there. If so, try and collect evidence for it.
  2. Readers on this forum can’t judge whether a specific title meets the bar or not. I think it depends on what you have done, rather than what title you hold.
  3. It can be - I applied with letters of recommendation from my current CTO and CEO. However, such colleague must adhere to certain conditions as laid out on the website:

  1. As a general rule, TN is looking for people who will contribute to innovation in UK. Service companies, as a generalisation, tend not to do that. I am sure there are exceptions to this rule. The question you need to ask yourself is if your work at the service company would be considered as innovative or not.
  2. Can’t comment.
  3. Don’t look at “sufficiency” - look to establish strength. Will your department confirm that what you have done while mentoring graduates is out of the ordinary? Or do 500 other people at your level do the same thing every year?
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